Laundry recipe I was asked to postgreenspun.com : LUSENET : Countryside : One Thread
Hello Everyone, Here it is. I use Ivory soap. OOps it looks like I did mess up my email address. I hope I did not mess to many people up. I have not figured out per load but I have a family of 4 and Hubby has to change his clothes twice a day because of work. And two very messy girls one 6 and one 17 months old. I love my Landry soap. It works wonders. I can give you my recipe and if you need the actual mesurements email me back. I have them here somewhere. The mop bucket is important cause it is kinda heavy and you can mix and store your detergent in it. 1 grated bar Ivory soap 2 cups borox 1 mop bucket Fill one soup pot with water, add grated soap melt, stir occasionally during commercials. Make sure it dosent boil over. Add two cups boxox to mop bucket. And then add some boiling water from soup pot to melt the borox. Stir. Dissolve all the borox. Add the rest from soup pot to the mop bucket. Stir. Add cold water to the line at the top of the mop bucket. Piddle around for a few more minutes( let them think you are still working). Finish the chaper you are reading or eat the last cookie(hehe). Cover with old dish towel and let set over night. I use the scoop from an washing powder box for my loads. you can add oils for scent or buy a box of liquid detergent and add a capful for scent if you like. That one box should last a while since you are only using a small cup per week for two. Good luck/ If you'd rather have the actual water measurements just let me know ok. It should gel up while you are sleeping. But I have had to use it ungelled in a pinch. Jennifer
-- Jennifer (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 18, 2002
Another tip, instead of fabric softner use 1/4 cup white vinegar in the final rinse (you can also put it in the softner dispenser if your washer has one). There is absolutely no vinegar smell on the clothes (I promise!) and is really great for towels because they are soft AND absorbent!
-- Karen (email@example.com), April 18, 2002.
hey also the really cool thing about this one is NO Fabric softner. I have never had to use it and you cannot tell the difference. Here are the acutal measurements for you guys.
Well, jennifer, it is actually very easy to make homemade laundry soap. Take one bar of Ivory soap and shred like Mozzerella cheese. Place into two quarts of simmering water. Stir well and allow to sit, stirring occasionally til completely dissolved. Pour into a 2 gallon bucket, and add a gallon of cold water and two cups of borax. Stir very well, til borax is dissolved. (You can add a few drops of essence oils, if you want fragrance. Add enough water to fill the bucket, stir one last time, and set aside, covered, til the next day. It should be a gel that dissolves into a load of wash perfectly. Use one or two cups per washload.
Enjoy and email me with any questions if anyone needs to. Jennifer
-- Jennifer (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 18, 2002.
Hey, thanks so much. This sounds like a wonderful laundry soap. Can't wait to try it! :)
-- Christine Baillie (email@example.com), April 18, 2002.
I am from South Africa what is ivory soap?
-- Julie (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 19, 2002.
Karen (mountainsmama2) has a recipe too! She and others have posted it onver on the Crafts & Cooking forum, or is that Cooking & Crafts. Anyway it is a great recipe too!
-- Susan in MN (email@example.com), April 19, 2002.
Julie, it's a white soap that floats. Seems, years ago, that the soap worker in the factory forgot to turn off the stirrer and floating soap was invented! Back in the uh, 1930's or so. Anyway, any soap would work for these recipes. Lots of us use our home/hand made soaps.
-- Gailann Schrader (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 19, 2002.