Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Homemade Laundry Soap with a surprising bonus

I've seen so many bloggers posting about making their own laundry soap, that I had to give it a try.  About 6 weeks ago I made my first batch.  I followed this recipe from Stonegable blog recipe for laundry detergent, but instead of using 2 of the Downy Unstoppables, I used 1 container of Purex fabric softener crystals.  Two reasons for this: 1) they are cheaper and 2) I usually use unscented detergent due to sensitive skin issues.  I was afraid to add too much scent.  I have had no reaction at all to this new formula of detergent and it had been well over a month.  I was so skeptical of doing this that I made 1/4 of the batch the first time.  I've have since remade a larger batch.  

One of the first things I loved about this detergent was the smell.  Fels Naptha Soap and the Purex crystals smell so good, while making it and while doing the laundry.  I grate the soap bar with a grater first and then put it in my food processor with some baking soda to break it down into smaller pieces.  I really do have to admit that my clothes look brighter and are softer.  My whites are the most noticeable.  I do all of my wash in cold water, except the whites, I use warm or hot because that's what activates the Oxyclean the best.  

So are you wondering what the bonus is?  I have a front loader washing machine.  It is a Whirlpool that I've had for at least 10 years.  While I love my washer very much, it had a bad odor. All of you out there with a front loader are shaking your heads yes right now.  They get that build up inside the drum and they smell, really, really bad.  Shut the door to the laundry room and hold your breath bad.  Especially when you haven't used your washer in a few days.  Am I right or what?  But since I started using this new detergent the odor is GONE!!  Completely!!  I have tried all of the washer cleaners, and the Smell Begone brand, and vinegar and leaving the door open.  Nothing has ever really worked, until now!!  I wasn't even going to blog about making the detergent, but as the odor disappeared (  it will take several washes) I was so happy I had to share!  It's a miracle!!

So hop on over and see the recipe at StoneGable, then make some.  It's not really that hard and it's so much cheaper than buying the pre-made stuff.  I use about a 1/4 cup per load.

Take Care now!

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  1. I also make my own detergent and use this recipe also but I think I am going to start leaving out the softener because right after I made my most recent batch, a study came out stating that scented fabric softeners (sheets and liquid) contain 23 known carcinogens and are just as bad as second hand smoke.

  2. I too have a front loading HE machine and a question. 95% of my laundry is done with cold water. Have you noticed any problems with this not dissolving?

    1. Hi Chris, thanks for stopping by (glad you love Giraffes too), I also do almost all of my laundry in cold water, and no, I haven't noticed any problems with it not dissolving. I do question the use of the Oxyclean in all of the detergent, since I believe it is only activated in warm or hot water. I often think I should leave it out and just add it when I am doing whites at a warmer temp. Haven't tried that yet. Also, I use my food processor to really mince up the soap flakes, just add some baking soda into the processor when you do this, otherwise the soap might stick and clump all over!

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