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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Homemade Laundry Detergent


So I have been planning on making my own detergent for some time, I kept saying “once I run out”, well that time came, and I was so worried it was going to be such a chore (I had already purchased the stuff, it was just the process that worried me).  Let me say, it was super easy!
 
I debated whether or not to blog about it, since I have seen it on several blogs just this week, but with this new “pin do it’ blog hop I found, I was proud that I did something I pinned…I just had to share!
 
Here is the pin on my board
 
It originated at this blog, but I recognized the recipe to be that of The Duggar’s, that my friends have raved about for some time now. 
 
So here is what you need:
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I purchased all 3 at Long’s Drug Store (here in Hawaii), you can also use Ivory, Sunlight, Kirk's Hardwater Castile or Zote bars instead of Fels-Naptha.
 
I broke the Fels-Naptha bar into a few chunks (actually I cut it with a knife) and put it into my vita-mix dry container (you could also use a food processor or grate it by hand with a grater).
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After it was all broken up, I mixed it in a bowl with the other ingredients.
 
 
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I then put it in a snap ware container, with a Tablespoon, and labeled it! (yes, I’m a label geek)
 
I washed my first load of laundry with it, using only 1 scoop, and it came out smelling so nice and it looked just as clean as with my store bought detergents! 
 
Now I can check that off my “things to do/try” list!
 
I may try Ivory next time since you can buy that in bulk at Costco!  I did not make note of the prices, but I KNOW it’s cheaper (especially here in Hawaii).  I’ll have to come back and update with prices later!
 



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6 comments:

  1. I have been debating about making my own detergent... I have to see if the Arm & Hammer is a available in Bermuda!

    Thanks for sharing and linking up!

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  2. I made the recipe as well this past month, before I ran out of my store bought detergent. I ran out of that this [ast week so will start using my home made this week. But I made the liquid version of it. I did not see the powder one, curious where you found it?

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  3. This is great! It is also on my list to do 'once I run out'. I'm almost out and starting to fret about what to do. Thanks for linking up to MoMomma Monday, please remember to put a link on this post to link back to the linky party. Thank you!

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  4. This is great! I like using it with Ivory soap because you can use it for dish soap too. I have not bought commercial laundry soap in three years now! It really saves pennies! I have a bucket from the bakery that I use for soap making- I use my food processor to grind the soap up. I have three buckets and a plunger to wash, rinse and carry the clothes to the line. Now if only the rain would stop!! It does leave the clothes softer from the rains, but it takes forever to dry in this weather!

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  5. Oh- the liquid one is easy- you "melt" the soap pieces in hot water, stir a lot to melt. Add the borax and washing soda then add a lot of water to make it. I like it gooping when it gets chilled- you can almost cut it.
    The dry is just all the ingredients blended together- the Food Processor makes this go really fast.

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  6. OK, so I have wanted to try this, but I am so scared to try it in my HE machine. Do you know if it can "successfully" be used with a HE machine??? ;-)

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