When I started seeing all the posts about home made laundry soap I thought no way can I do that. Cloth diapers, JP5 (jet fuel from my hubby) and all the other wonderful stuff we get into. There is no way that anything short of the real deal will get it clean. Well I kept thinking about it then talking to my hubby one night he says its a great idea. In fact he was willing to go get the ingredients tomorrow so I could make it up. Now I am not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, so I let him go shopping. And the next day we made our first batch. Which I used on just our everyday normal laundry. I figured that if it worked I could at least use it for the "normal dirty" stuff and save the store bought for the tough job. The result, it did a great job not only were they clean and smelled good, but I swear my washing machine looked cleaner inside, brighter somehow. Hummm. Hubby then decides to put it to the test. He takes the rest of his "boat" clothes. Which for those that have not had to live with a sailor, "the boat" is a carrier class Navy ship. Which deploys for 4-9 months, if your lucky. While deployed my husband will spend 7 days a week on the flight deck where it is sometimes in excess of 120 degrees. All the while being sprayed with jet fuel and all sorts of other wonderful chemicals. Needless to say his "boat" stuff stinks even after washed multiple times.
So back to my story. He puts them in adds the homemade soap and lets it go. I'm thinking of the mess its going to make in my now brighter washing machine. But to my surprise they came out clean. Now you could still smell the boat in them however you had to put your nose right to them. Which is a big improvement from any other time I have washed them.
So being a little braver I gave them the diaper test. And guess what they came out clean and smelling great, which is a good thing.
So the short if it is I am now only using homemade laundry soap and I am going to show you how I made it.
First you need
1 c. Borax (word of caution this is toxic if ingested right out of the box. Please keep it away from kids)
1 c. Washing Soda (not Baking Soda, this we found at ACE hardware of all places)
1 Bar of Ivory soap
2 quarts of hot hot water
First you need a big bucket. Then you grade the bar of soap into the bucket. Next I add 1 cup of both the borax and washing soda. Then I get the water as hot as I can and add 2 quarts hot boiling water. Then stir.
Next I let it cool for a bit then I pour it into a gallon jug that I washed and saved just for this. You could use your old laundry soap containers to that would work well.
It makes about a half a gallon. You could make more or less by adjusting the recipe. Also I have read if you have hard water you might have to play around with the level of borax. But we don't and this works well for us. I have not kept track of how many loads this does. But I use for a normal load half a cup and it seems to last a long time.
Let me know if you give this a try and what your results are. I like hearing what others think.
Next I think I am going to make my own homemade cleaner.
***Note if you boil the soap and water on the stove to help dissolve the soap it dissolves better. But it also makes it more jello like. Both ways work well. ***
****This can be used in a front load washer HE, the difference for the HE soap is that it does not suds up. Which is important in these machines because they use less water. This recipe DOES NOT SUDS UP. Which is something I had to get used to. ****
Update!!!! If you wish to use a dry soap which is sometimes easier to make just mix all 3 ingredents (soap, borax and washing soda) in a tub and use 1 tablespoon per load, sometimes I use 2 if its really really a dirty load. Luckly I have girls so its not to bad, sometimes.