Thursday, May 1, 2008

Homemade Laundry Soap

Well, I promised I would post the directions to the laundry soap and I was going to do it with pictures and everything. But it’s taking forever for my last batch to get used up so I’m not quite ready to make another.

But I sure don’t want to leave you hanging so I’m going to send you to the pictorial directions that I followed when I made my first batch.

She does a great job of walking you through this.

And I’m also going to send you to my friend Jewlsntexas because she just recently made a batch for the first time and actually DID take pictures.

This is what hers looked like after it “set”.

A word of advice…you’re going to have to rethink what laundry soaps purpose really is. This soap will get your clothes clean but its consistency is much different than store bought detergent. Your clothes will NOT come out perfumey smelling because this doesn’t have any chemical perfumes in it. Plus it does NOT suds up in the washer because we really don’t need suds we need it to clean.

And that, it does.

So I encourage you to try it out. At least give it a fair shot. You just can’t beat the price at a few pennies a load.


Gayle said...

I am so going to try this just as soon as my big ol' box of Gain is used up.

jewlsntexas said...

I am liking it -
I do miss the good smell of the clothes - but once I found out what they are doing to us - it makes me feel better NOT to have those scents.

I am going to give some essential oils a try in my fabric softener which was also pretty dang cheap to make - with vinegar and hair conditioner.

EEEEMommy said...

I need to try this version. I lazy and tried the dry recipe initially. It was super simple and took just minutes to make, but I'm not convinced that it's getting the clothes clean. It's not just that they lack the perfumy smell, it's that they smell dirty coming out of the washer. Somethings not working. Perhaps it's because I use front loaders, perhaps I need to use hot water,...
Anyway, I'll have to try this method to see if I get better results.

Sarah said...

Thanks so much for poting the link for this recipe! I have been trying to find a good laundry detergent recipe and this seems to be just what I was looking for. So Thanks again. I can't wait to try it out!

Cindy-Still His Girl said...

Oh all right. I'm going to give in and do it when my Tide is gone. But I would use expensive laundry detergent for the rest of my life and waste money on it for decades if it would make you would come see me and mix up a homemade batch.

Amanda said...

Do you know of anyone who has successfully tried it in an HE washer?

Anonymous said...

I've tried homemade laundry soap and wanted to share the results. We have an HE washer, which generally does a superb job of getting things clean, so my assumption was that the soap really didn't make all that much difference anyway, so why not use the homemade stuff? Besides, I like making my own cleaning supplies.

I was wrong.

What I didn't realize is that soap SETS some kinds of stains. In particular, it sets perspiration and body oil stains. So, after a couple of weeks of using the soap-based homemade recipe, I now have a bunch of light-colored T-shirts with yellow stains around the necks. I'm hoping that having returned to my usual Sears detergent (which is also HE compatible and cheap), the stains will gradually wash out.

Anonymous said...

I just came across your site and i love it.

As for homemade laundry soap . I have been making and useing it for over a year. I store mine in widemouth canning jars. Also if you use a hand mixer it will thicken up more.

Anonymous said...

I have been making laundry detergent for about a year now. If you miss the scent I just add a tablespoon of lemon, orange or lime oil. It takes away the soapy smell.