Thursday, May 13, 2010

In The Washroom

This week we had loads of fun 
making homemade laundry powder. 
We decided to use this sort of soap to save on cost 
and go the natural route with less chemical.
I found this recipe through Maryjane's Farm forums.

I also found some great natural stain fighting recipes from
You can find more recipes for natural green home cleaning

Recipe For Washing Powder

(Makes 2 gallons)
2 bars fels Naptha or Zote
1- 4 lb box Borox
1- 4 lb. box Arm & Hammer wash soda
4 lbs. Baking Soda
grate soap: add all ingredients together,
mix well in large container.

use 2-3 tbl. per load

I put in soap first while filling: while soap
desolves a bit before adding clothes.

Recipe For Liquid Washing Soap:

 1/3 Bar of Fels Naptha or Zote, 1/2 cup washing soda and 1/2 cup borax powder. 
You grate the soap and put in a sauce pan.
Add 6 cups water and heat till the soap melts. 
Add the washing soda and the Borax and stir till dissolved. 
Remove from heat and pour 4 cups hot water into a 2 gallon bucket.
Now add the soap mix and stir, now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir.
Let the soap sit for about 24hrs and it will gel. Use 1/2 cup per load.

Recipes For Stubborn Stains:

1 Tbs. vegetable glycerin (found in natural food stores)
1 Tbs. natural dish washing soap
1/2 cup water
Shake gently before applying.
Squeeze the mixture onto the stain,
rub it in using a retired toothbrush,
and then pre soak as usual.

½ cup ammonia
½ cup homemade laundry liquid
½ cup water
Mix all these ingredients well, and store in marked spray bottle.
Make sure you mark all your bottles so you know what they contain. If you reuse a bottle that previously contained other cleansers, make sure the bottle is completely clean and marked before you fill it with your homemade cleanser.

¼ cup borax or washing soda
2 cups cold water
Sponge on and let dry, or soak the fabric in borax mixture 
before washing in soap and cold water.

¼ cup hydrogen peroxide
¼ cup water
Mix together and dab onto stain.
Leave two hours and repeat if necessary.
Good on white clothes.
½ cup white vinegar in final rinse

Happy Soap Making!!!!


  1. I am going to have to try this...can't wait to see that little cottage makeover...the bunny family is just adorable....blessings

  2. We also make our own soap:) We make the liquid one and LOVE it. Hope you like what you made!!!

  3. Wow! I am way impressed. So how does it work? We have a HE machine. Is there a homemade HE version? Love how you have it stored too. Makes it look so pretty.

  4. What a fun activity to do with your kids and so much better for the environment too Mica!

  5. I've seen that recipe before, but don't know where to buy Zote. Will have to look online!

  6. How fun and it is so nice to know you can make it yourself xoxo Clarice

  7. What a lovely blog! I've made soap with lye before but never tried making laundry soap. Must try this :) Thanks so much for sharing it.

  8. very interesting, did you figure out how much it cost to make.

  9. Well I don't make my own soaps, but I found this fascinating! I just may have to try it.

    More than 20 years ago, when my girls were babies and I was washing ENDLESS loads of cotton diapers, I always added vinegar to the final rinse -- it got rid of the last bits of detergent, and softened and whitened the diapers beautifully. My Grandmother told my mother to do that, and she passed it on to me.

    Another laundry tip from Grandma -- when you are handwashing wool sweaters using a bar of Ivory soap, in the final rinse you just rub your hands on the soap and dip them in the water -- the tiny bit of fatted soap in the final rinse is a very good "natural" softener -- no stiff sweaters.

    Lovely blog! Tell your daughter that her French Toast looks fabulous!

  10. I use Zote, it's amazing!!! I use it on whites (colors too)... great post.... ;)

  11. Hi! I'm really interested it trying this-- I can't stand the smell of detergent (allergies too) so buy unscented Tide but it costs more. How does this clean compared to Tide and how cost effective is it? Thanks!


  12. My Niece makes the liquid one, (if it's the same recipe as the Duggars use) I was amazed when I visited & help do the laundry... It works wonderfully! My niece has 5.5 kids so it's a real savings too....