Friday, January 27, 2012

Recipes for Laundry Soap, Fabric Softener AND Stain Remover!

I have been asked a lot lately if I have any recipes for "Make Your Own" laundry soap, I actually have two!  There is only a slight difference in the two, but be sure to read the directions fully before starting.
Still want more?  Well how about recipes for stain remover AND fabric softener too!
Happy sudsing!!

Laundry Soap
Recipe #1
You will need:
1 cup Borax 
1 cup washing soda 
natural bar soap (you can used fels-naptha but it is somewhat hard to  find at grocery stores but you can also get it on Amazon for around $3.00) 
essence oil if desired 
five 1 gallon containers 
Grate the soap bar in a pot, add 4 cups of water and heat on low until the soap completely dissolves. Then add borax and washing soda, stir until completely dissolved and then divide equally into your gallon containers. Fill the containers to full with tap water and allow to thicken overnight.  Use 1/4 cup per laundry load.

Recipe #2
1 bar of soap, grated (you can use any unscented bar soap such as Ivory or Zote)
2 cups baking soda (NOT washing soda)
Add grated soap and just enough hot water to cover it in a saucepan and heat on medium low heat until soap is melted.  In a large pail (perhaps a 5 gallon bucket) pour 2 gallons hot water.  Add melted soap and stir until combined.  Add baking soda and stir again to incorperate.  Use 1/2 cup per load

Fabric Softener
1 part hair conditioner (I know right... who knew!!)
1 part white vinegar
2 parts water

Stain Remover/PreTreater
Recipe #1
1 cup hot water
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 hydrogen peroxide

Recipe #2
2 quarts hot water
1/2 cup ammonia
2 tablespoons liquid laundry detergent

Directions for both Recipes:
Mix ingredients together and store in spray bottle.  Spray directly onto stained clothing and allow to sit.

1 comment:

  1. Julie asked me to price several items at Walmart Friday. One was the fels naptha. It was $.97.