Saturday, July 31, 2010

Laundry,laundry everywhere!

Our family makes lots of laundry.

Lots of laundry.

Way too much laundry!

It's everywhere!

It's getting out of hand!

No matter how hard I try, it just keeps growing. Does laundry breed?

Okay! It's time to do something about this problem. I typically do around 15 loads a week. Sometimes as many as 20. For many years I used laundry detergent from the store. It's expensive and some of my children break out with rashes. About a year ago I discovered a small soap company that makes a laundry kit. Add this, stir in that, add water, water, water, and (viola!) You have laundry detergent. 

The laundry kit worked for me for the first year. It cut my detergent cost in half. I wasn't looking for an alternative, but I stumbled on one anyway.

One day I was visiting a blog that I enjoy. It's called Chickens in the Road. The blogger there is a lady who moved to the country with her children and tells reader about her experiences. She has a variety of farm animals. She cooks, does crafts, and takes plenty of pictures. She is a fascinating lady and a gifted writer. I can truly say that I would love to sit down and have a cup of coffee with her. It would be such fun to discuss our farm experiences. Suzanne is not only the owner of an awesome blog, but she is the reason I now know how to make my laundry detergent from scratch. And my kids don't scratch because of it! Because Suzanne has real farm laundry stains and dirt like mine, she had to tweak the recipe to make it work on strong dirt. It does. Too make it even better, the cost of two gallons is a fraction of what I paid for the laundry kit. Remember, that was half what I paid at the store.

Here is the recipe:
Laundry Detergent
1 regular bar of plain soap, grated (I used a bar of Ivory.)
1 cup Borax
1/2 cup washing soda (It's in the laundry section of stores-yellow box)
1/2 cup baking soda

Using a large stock pot, heat 3 pints of water with grated soap until the soap melts. Stir often.
Add Borax, washing soda, and baking soda. Stir until the powders mix together.
Add 1 quart very hot water and stir. (Getting good at this stirring thing yet?)
Take the pot off the heat.
Add 6 quarts of cold water gradually and stir the whole time.

Pour your new soap into containers. This will be about two gallons, so have your containers ready. I try to use bottles with good caps. When the detergent sits for a few days, you will need to shake the bottle before using.

Use 1/2 cup per load.

Get clean, folks!!!

Here are the links to Suzanne's laundry soap adventure. She is far more eloquent describing the process. My version of the recipe is "cliff notes" from a chef, not a soap maker.


  1. Omgosh, yes, laundry breeds and multiplies. That is a great recipe for soap! It is also nice to know just what your family is being exposed too!
    The pictures are too cute... I need to find more time to keep at least one of my two blogs up!

  2. Thanks for sharing this idea, Patrice!


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