Showing posts with label Laundry Stuff To MAKE. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Laundry Stuff To MAKE. Show all posts

Friday, August 16, 2013

Emergency Bucket Washing

Bucket Washing

I NEVER recommend a product, unless I purchase it myself (full cost) and use it.
SO, HERE it is my NEW Hand Washer for emergencies.

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Home made laundry soap DOESN'T suds as much & that's good for clothes.

find your bucket and hand washer here -- great prices

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Laundry Powder Detergent DIY

Make Your Own Laundry Detergent - 6 ingredients, cost you about $28 a year, this recipe makes a batch that will last a year!
 Works in HE washers and with cold water too!

Ingredients -

1 (4 lb 12 oz) Box of Borax- Found in the detergent aisle

1 (3 lb 7 oz) Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda- Found in the detergent aisle

1 (3 lb) Container of OxyClean- Found in the detergent aisle. (This is optional but I highly recommend adding it)

2 (14.1 oz) Bars of Zote Soap- Found in the detergent aisle (we chose to do pink for the scent but the white would be just fine. You can also use Fels Naptha)

1 (4 lb) Box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda- Found in the cooking aisle (You could also get two 2 lb box, we couldn’t find the larger 4lb box when we went)

1-2 (55 oz) Bottle of Purex Crystals Fabric Softener- or use 3-4 bottles of Scentsy Washer Whiffs. Scentsy washer whiffs are my top choice, (they smell out-of-this-world amazing – my favorite is Quiver), but when in a hurry, I opt for the Purex, (which can be found in the detergent aisle).

The hardest most time consuming part is grating the cheese soap. It looks like pink cheese….has anyone ever seen pink cheese? If you do not have a food processor you will need to use a typical hand grater. We would recommend using a large mixing bowl to grate into and using the fine side of the grater. Another option is to microwave the soap before hand. First, cut the bar into chunks or slices. Pop it into the microwave for about a minute. It will expand… a lot…but then it is dry and just crumbles into tiny bits! The hardest part is now over and all that’s left is to mix everything together. Use a very large bucket and take a layering approach to mix it easier. Take a small amount of each ingredient and layer it on top of each other, then grab a large mixing spoon and mixed it together. Do this about 5 times. This is so much easier than dumping all the ingredients in at once and then trying to u it well. This batch makes A TON! Now for probably the best part…you only need 1-2 Tablespoons per load depending on the size. Now here comes the stroke of genius, if you opted to put the Purex Crystals in your batch, you can scoop the detergent right into your bottle and use the cap as your measuring spoon. There are 3 lines on the side and the middle one is approximately 2 Tablespoons…genius right?

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Laundry Soap Recipe


years supply of laundry detergentRegular readers of this blog will know that I am completely sold on theNo-Grate Laundry Detergent that I posted back in February of this year.  But, like I’ve said many times on this website, I am always open to new ideas! And I really liked this idea that someone posted as a comment awhile back.
A YEARS worth of Laundry Soap!?!?  That’s an idea that is hard NOT to get behind!  Plus, I’ve been curious about the “dry” version of homemade laundry detergent that so many people are fond of. I have never tried it before. I figured it’s high time I did!
Here is the recipe that Anonymous posted (the text in red are my notes):
Anonymous said…
I make a dry version which works better for my family. I hate storing the bottles, shaking it up, and making it more often. I only make it once and it lasts for the entire year for our family of 4.
3 bars Fels Naptha, grated ($1.33 x 3)
1 box Borax  ($5.85  -  76 ounces)
1 box Washing Soda ($4.07  -  55 ounces)
2 cups of baking soda ($0.53 cents)
2 containers of Dollar Tree Oxyclean (I bought mine at Family Dollar store…SUN Brand…$4.00 each)
1-2 containers of Purex fabric softener crystals ($6.97  -  28 ounces) 
Use 2 tablespoons per load. Put it right in the barrel if you have an HE washer.
To grate the bars of soap I decided to make it easier on myself and use my ancient Hamilton Beach food processor. I figured if it broke in the process it would give me a good excuse to get a new one! But fortunately (unfortunately?) it handled the soap just fine. I would offer one tip though if you decide to use your food processer to “grate” your soap: add something else to the bowl to aid in the process. I added a cup of the SUN Oxygen Bleach to each bar when I processed it. It seemed to help the blades do their job better.

years supply of laundry detergent
My only other tip for this recipe has to do with the “mixing”. Once you add everything, you have a LOT of ingredients to mix together. I decided to put it all in a kitchen garbage bag (doubled) and tumble it all together. Just tie it off tight and turn it over a handful of times and you’re good to go! Now you have a nicely integrated batch of laundry detergent that should last a family of four ONE YEAR!

years supply of laundry detergent

Since we are over the “family of four” limit, and I tend to think we have more dirty laundry than your AVERAGE family…I’m not expecting this to last a full year….but based on my initial use of this (2 Tablespoons per load)….it’s going to last us a GOOD, LONG time! I did half a dozen loads of laundry with it before we left on vacation and was completely satisfied with the results! So much so that I’m planning on making TWO MORE BATCHES when I get home from vacation to give to my daughter AND my daughter-in-law. :-)  Fun gift idea don’t you think?

years supply of laundry detergent

Friday, July 26, 2013

Fabric Softner Homemade Recipe

 Photo: Homemade Fabric Softener

What you will need:
2 cups of your favorite scented conditioner (doesn't matter what kind, even the cheaper stuff works great)
3 cups of white vinegar
6 cups of water hot
A container to mix the ingredients and hold the softener in

Mix all ingredients together. You can use a pitcher to mix them all together and then just pour it into an empty container.
It takes a minute of stirring, but do it until no more conditioner clumps. Don't shake it.
Use 1/4 cup per load and it works great!

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Homemade Fabric Softener

What you will need:
2 cups of your favorite scented conditioner (doesn't matter what kind, even the cheaper stuff works great)
3 cups of white vinegar
6 cups of water hot
A container to mix the ingredients and hold the softener in

Mix all ingredients together. You can use a pitcher to mix them all together and then just pour it into an empty container.
It takes a minute of stirring, but do it until no more conditioner clumps. Don't shake it.
Use 1/4 cup per load and it works great!

Laundry Stain Cheat Sheet

Friday, July 5, 2013

Homemade Dryer Sachets

Dryer Sachets

These tiny pillows by zJayne, made from discarded T-shirts filled with lavender buds, replace chemical-laden dryer sheets. 


Clean T-shirt lay on flat surface, use sharp scissors.
Cut out 4" X 4" squares.
Machine stitch INSIDE OUT three sides
Use lavender buds or your choice of scent ( I have used rose bud petals too).
Sew last seem closed.
IF YOU HAND STITCH make sure the stitches are SECURE.
THIS is an easy project!
TOSS this in dryer instead of the fabric sheets that have chemicals in them AND can or MAY cause skin rash and other medical problems. (THIS is in no way medical advice!) 

$13 for one patched and two plain;

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Laundry Detergent Recipe by Jessy

I followed this blog but it doesn't seem to be active. Posting this so Jessy's wisdom will continue to help us all.I made this detergent and use this recipe most of all. I love creating and NOT having to worry about "unknown" stuff in the laundry detergent you can purchase off the shelf @ the stores!

There has been allot of demand for my recipe for homemade detergent! Thanks to a few good friends I started making homemade detergent about 3 months ago and I don't think I'll ever go back! The ingredients for it are simple and flexible not to mention CHEAP!
There are two different types dry and wet. I have tried both but I feel the liquid works a little better.

For the Dry: (POWDER)
2 c borax
2 c washing soda
1 c baking soda
2 c oxy clean
1 bar fels-nappa laundry bar finely shredded

put it all into a large container and shake to mix. Use up to 2 TBS per load.

For the Wet: (LIQUID)
1 5 gallon bucket
1 bar fels-nappa bar finely shredded
2 c borax
2 c washing soda
2 c baking soda
1 c clorox II
1 c oxy clean
1 c either dawn or murphy's oil soap (optional)

Start by getting out your largest stock pot. Boil about a half of a gallon water. Melt the bar soap. Dissolve borax and both sodas, then dump into bucket. Bring another half gallon of water to boil and dissolve clorox and oxy clean SLOWLY! It may foam up and if it does take it off the heat. Dump this into the bucket and stir well. Add murphys soad or dawn if desired to the bucket and fill it the rest of the way with water mixing well. Use up to 1/2 c per load.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Have You GREENED Your Laundry Room Yet?

Have You "greened" Your Laundry Room Yet ?

Do you make your own laundry detergent, recipes here under "Laundry".  
Do you use dryer sheets or fabric softener from the store?  

Tips Green Laundry Room
(Home Made Is Easy blogger)

  1. Know what's in the products you purchase.
  2. Look for the EPA's Design for Environment logo which indicates a product was formulated from the safest possible chemicals in each chemical class and the use of "chemicals of concern" was reduced.
  3. Make your laundry detergent.
  4. Eliminate fabric softeners totally. I use 1/2 cup white vinegar in rinse cycle of washer.
  5. Want fragrance? Use few drops (to your liking) of essential oil on damp cloth - toss in dryer with your laundry. I use lavender & lemon or just 1.
  6. Add baking soda to homemade detergent for brightening colors and odor elimination. My son has autism and bladder issue - we use 1# of baking soda per week in our laundry ~ amazing urine smell remover!!
  7. Don't purchase clothes that need dry cleaned. Why ~ dry cleaning is expensive and caustic. 
  8. Clean your washer of bacteria, grease, soap scum by using only hot water and vinegar in rise cycle.
  9. Hang clothes on line or on clothes racks if possible. Make sure to use vinegar (for softness) and essential oil (for fragrance) in washing rinse cycles.
  10. Never combine BLEACH with vinegar or ammonia.  TOXIC CHLORINE VAPORS. 

List of 13 Ingredients to Avoid

*Benzaldehyde- Irritation to mouth, throat, eyes and skin

*Ethylenediaminetetracetic acid- Caused reproductive and developmental effects in animal studies

*Artificial fragrances- Irritation to skin and eyes; many are toxic and suspected carcinogens

*Diethanolamine- Irritation to skin and eyes; linked to liver and kidney tumors and developmental and reproductive toxicity in animal studies

*Quaternium-15- Releases formaldehyde, a known carcinogen that causes rashes and skin inflammation

*2-Butoxyethanol- Causes birth defects and reproductive and developmental effects in animal studies; a carcinogen

*Chlorine- Potent irritant to eyes, upper respiratory tract and lungs

*Perchlorethylene (Perc)- Causes liver and kidney damage; is an irritant; a possible carcinogen

*Ethyl acetate- Neurotoxin; irritant

*Nonylphenol ethoxylate- A hormone disruptor

*ER, KSN, OB, OB-1- Causes possible developmental and reproductive effects

*Linear alkyl sodium sulfonates (LAS)- Skin and eye irritant; can be toxic to aquatic life; can produce toxic fumes during production

*Petroleum distillates (Naphthas)- Chemicals liked to cancer and lung damage

It always amazes me when I see all the toxic ingredients companies put in products with no thought of consumer's health!  The only way we can make a difference is to write them and NOT buy their products!  Maybe then they will see that we don't want toxins in, or on, our bodies.  Vote with your dollars!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Fabric Softener Crystals Homemade

 Fabric Softener Crystals

All you need is:

1 Cup - Epsom salt
10 Drops - Essential Oil (any smell) 10 drops

 4 sups - Epsom Salt
20 Drops (lavender - 20 drops lemon)
 *make as much or as little as you want…it’s simple to make more!

Stir salt to distribute the oils.

1/4 cup per load, added same time as detergent.

---NO CHEMICALS in this---

Friday, March 8, 2013

Fabric Softener Lavender Homemade

I used Lavender Hair Conditioner For Fabric Softener

3 cups white vinegar
2 cups hair conditioner

  Heat vinegar in microwave in glass bowl no more than 25 seconds (you don't want to boil vinegar). 
Add hair conditioner and mix in bowl. 
DON'T shake it will foam.

 I use this on all but kitchen towels (I want them to totally absorb liquids).  
I used about 1/4 cup of the liquid softener in the last rinse cycle.
Spritz - spray bottle on wash cloth & throw in dryer.

Laundry was soft and clean. NOT a strong smell. Make stronger if you want stronger.

 I was very pleased with this recipe.

I poured in Mason Jar (what I use for everything).

You can also use vinegar with few drops of essential oil as fabric softener. 
~Home Made Is Easy~

photo: jillee

Laundry Detergent Lavender Homemade

Homemade Laundry Detergent

 Once the initial purchases are made my laundry only costs about 5 - 10 cents per load!  Low Suds.

THIS is what you need.

Large pot
Wood Spoon
Hand Grater
Medium size dessert type plate
Wire whisk
 ~dedicated for soap making ONLY by using Sharpie INK.
Washing Soap
Fels Naptha Bar Soap
~ found in Laundry isle @ store
Lavender Essential Oil - it's antibacterial

You can also use ice cream bucket.
I USE MASON JARS to store my liquid detergent. 

Pour 16 cups of water into your pot.
Let it warm on MEDIUM heat
~ while your are preparing your other ingredients.

Grate 1/2 of the Ivory Hand Soap (Fels Naptha bar is most commonly used)

Add 1/2 cup  Washing Soda, I purchased what I  found & it wasn't brand shown here.

 1/2 cup Borax  (20 Mule Team)

Mix well - I don't have a designated wire whisk. I just wash it in hot water.

Wood spoon scoop into warm water

Turn heat to Medium-High

IF you choose
20-30 drop Lavender Essential Oil (I use this due to the calming effect Lavender has on my son w/ autism)
Stir until shaved soap is dissolved
Stir occasionally as it heats up for about 20- 25  minutes

Now it's dissolved and is well stirred - remove from heat and let sit for 1 hour.

It will gel-up.
NOW ~ pour it into your storage container. Let it finish gelling. (I don't put on lid yet).
~once gel is luke warm ~ I put on lid ~ I don't want it hot to put on lid.
I made this morning ~ it will be ready to use tomorrow. 

I  use 1 - 2 Tablespoons for each load. You may use more, we don't have really dirty clothes in winter -- summer I use more.

DO NOT USE in your washer's dispenser ~ just add to water in tub.

Stains: use old toothbrush (soft to not damage fabric) ~ let sit about 1 hour & then toss in washer.

PHOTOS from Kim Wolf, in Ohio. I will get mine on when hubby is home to take them!!!

Original Recipe - all over the internet & from my recipes in old 1890's cookbook. BUT this lady used a wood burning stove! And she didn't have designated pot etc.

Liquid Laundry Soap Homemade

Homemade laundry liquid?

Don't expect homemade laundry liquid, or the powder, to make suds.

All you need is

4 cups Water
1/3 bar grated hand soap OR Soap Flakes
1/2 cup Borax - leave out if you use your grey water in garden or plants. (20 Mule Team)
1/2 cup Washing Soda (not baking soda)
5 - gallon bucket for mixing
3 Gallons of water

First, mix the grated soap in a saucepan with 4 cups of water, and heat on low until the soap is completely dissolved. Add hot water/soap mixture to 3 gallons of water in the 5-gallon bucket, stir in the washing soda and Borax, and continue stirring until thickened. Let the mix sit for 24 hours, and voila! Homemade laundry detergent.

Don't think you've done anything wrong if your mixture separates, it's fine, it just needs a good shake. This is safe in septic tanks but not for grey water. The borax in the mix builds up as boron in the garden and that is harmful to plants. If you want to use your grey water, leave out the borax.

ADDED LATER: This is also an excellent stain remover. I rub it thoroughly onto a stain with my fingers, let it sit for an hour, then put it in with the normal wash. It works.
Don't expect homemade laundry liquid, or the powder, to make suds. Clean washing doesn't need suds to make it clean. The froth and bubbles you get with commercial cleaners is made with chemicals not needed for cleaning but are included because they think we want bubbles.

Lavender Laundry Detergent HomeMade

Lavender Laundry Detergent HomeMade


4- 4oz. bars of grated Castile soap
1- 78 oz. box of Borax
8- 16 oz. boxes of baking soda
3 tbsp. lavender essential oil


1. Grate the soap using a cheese grater or food processor.
2. Once the soap is all grated, throw it into a large plastic pail with the remaining ingredients and mix it all together. 

You now have your own homemade powder laundry detergent! 

Each load only takes 2 tablespoons of detergent, so this one batch will cover 288 loads of laundry.

Stain Remover ~ Homemade

Stain Remover ~ Homemade

 Stain Remover ~ Homemade

kinda' like Shout

  • 2/3 cups Dawn Dishwash Liquid (or Palmolive)
  • 2/3 cups ammonia
  • 6 Tbsp baking soda
  • 2 cups warm water
Mix everything together and pour into a spray bottle. 

Before you go to use it…if it’s been sitting for awhile…shake. 
…it does tend to separate a bit. But after a quick shake it’s good to go.

TO USE: spray on stains normally. Let soak few minutes. Chocolate stains take a little longer. Rub fabric together.