My second homemade recipe was powdered laundry detergent. Ingredients are, 1/3 cup of soap, 1 cup of Borax and 1 cup of washing soda.
I chose the lye soap over the popular choice of Fels Naptha because it seems to be more pure. You can use any bar soap you would like I suppose, I may try castile soap next time. I bought the lye soap at my local hardware store, (little pricy @ $3.79), cut it in chunks and chopped it in the blender the best I could. I could have grated it, which would probably would have worked better in the end but patience is not my best virtue.
Use 2 tablespoons of detergent per load. I also made some fabric softener with 1 cup vinegar, 2 cups baking soda and 4 cups of water. This is also supposed to help with static cling.
So, I have been using this detergent and fabric softener for the past week. I am pretty impressed with the detergent. I used it on a load of towels the first time just in case it left spots or something crazy. I was very impressed with the spot removing power of this mixture. Reagan had a red shirt with a glob of gum stuck on it, I mean it had been washed and dried on there, hard as a rock stuck, (unfortunately I didn't take a pic cause I really didn't think I would get this out). I have never tried to get gum out before so I thought I would give my new laundry potion a test. I added about a tablespoon of detergent and just enough water to a bowl for the spot to soak. I checked the spot after 30 min to an hour and it was actually starting to loosen and dissolve. I couldn't believe it! I let it continue soaking and then made a thicker paste out of the detergent and let that continue to sit on the gum. The gum came out however, it did leave a bit of a stain, but since it was on the inside of the shirt you can't tell. Pretty good to get gum out and not even damage the shirt or fade the color!!
Now this fabric softener I'm not totally sold on yet. After the ingredients are mixed together the baking soda separates to the bottom. I shook it up and filled the liquid fabric softener holder in my washer. When the clothes were done the baking soda was still in the fabric softener holder, which I didn't like. I have since then used just vinegar and it seems to work ok, the clothes are not quite as soft as I like, but they don't really seem staticy. And in case you are wondering they don't smell like vinegar when they are finished either. So there ya have it, my science project for the week. Has anyone else tried homemade detergent or fabric softener?
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