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I make my own laundry detergent and fabric softner. update with extra DIY recipes

Posted by on Feb. 14, 2013 at 7:14 PM
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Im a big fan of pinterest. I have come across many great DIY ideas. My favorite DYI project is making my own laundry detergent and recently I have come across how to make my own fabric softener. I just have to share. Its so nice!

I have come across many different recipes for detergent. Some I likes, some I didn't. . Most of them were powder detergent. Not so long ago I found a great DIY liquid detergent. It makes two gal. and its going on 2 months of using the first batch I made and I still have about a gal. left.

At first I put the detergent in old milk gal. jugs. I didnt like it very much so recently I switched to a 2 gal. water jug with a spout on it.

The ingredients are....

1 bar of Fes Naptha laundry soap....though, i strongly recommend only using half a bar because it becomes to thick with a whole bar.

1 cup Borax

1 cup Washing soda

You will need a big pot, grater, funnel, long spoon and 2 empty gallon jugs

 

first, grate soap. Then fill one gal. jub with water and poor into large pot, add the grated soap and boil till soap dissolves.

Add borax and washing soda. Bring to boil.

Turn off heat and add 1 gal cold water.

Use funnel to pour into jugs when finished. It thickens and this is why I said only use half a bar because a whole bar made my batch so thick it was too hard to pour out.

Use 1/2 cup per load

 

I recently came across DIY fabric softener for your laundry.

 

Vinegar and Lavender softener.

 

This one is simple....

1 quart bottle of white vinegar.

25 drops of lavender essential oil

1 teaspoon rubbing alcohol.

add alcohol and essential oil to bottle of vinegar

use 1/2 cup per load of rinse cycle.

 

update: I mentioned in the replies that I have a bunch other DIY recipes. From DIY cleaners to DIY dog shampoo. Since I have more time tonight, I thought I would share some of those.....

 

DIY Stain remover  ( I LOVE this one)

1 part Dawn dish washing soap

2 parts Hydrogen Peroxide.

Mix in a spray bottle and apply directly on stain. Let sit a few seconds and scrub. Its amazing.

note: like and stain remover, it is wise to test it on a corner of the fabric first.

I have used this on carpet, furniture and clothing ( I read it also works on skunk smell, FYI if your dog gets sprayed by a skunk)

 

Kitchen Magic ( I also use this in the bathroom)

24 oz spray bottle

12 oz white vinegar

12 oz. Dawn Dish washing soap

1 tsp. laundry detergent

 

Window cleaner

24 oz. spray bottle

1 oz. White Amonia

4 oz. Rubbing alcohol

1 drop laundry detergent

Fill rest with water

( also, newspaper is good to use when wiping windows. It doesnt leave streaks)

 

Air and Fabric Freshener

24 oz spray bottle

1 oz scented fabric softener of your choice ( whatever scent you want your fabric to smell like)

2 TBL. Baking soda

Fill rest with water

It is amazing how little product and how much water is in air and fabric freshener. You are paying all that money for an oz. or so of product and mostly water.

 

DIY liquid handsoap

1 ( 8 oz) bar of soap grated

2 TBL. glycerine ( found in pharmacy, over the counter)

1 gal water

Mason jars

- boil mixture, set over night, pour in mason jars. use soap dispenser on the top of jars.

 

DIY dog shampoo

2 cups water

2 tsp. mild liquid soap

2 TBL aloe vera gel

1 tsp. gylcerin ( found in pharmacy) or veggie oil

 

And for the kiddos.....

Homemade paydo

1 cup flower

1 cup water

1/4 cup salt

2 tsp. cream tartar

1 TBL. vegetable oil

a few drops of food coloring

Stir in a pot on medium heat. Constantly stir till it forms a ball. This is real nice soft paydo. My kids loved it.

I store it in zip lock bags

 

Enjoy  :)

cool and knead

 

 

 

 

 

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LooneyLovegood
by Ruby Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Vinegar is a natural cleaner and soap scum remover so it helps remove any soap residue for sensitive skin.

LooneyLovegood
by Ruby Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 7:20 PM

bump

LooneyLovegood
by Ruby Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 7:24 PM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 14, 2013 at 7:26 PM
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Uh, thanks?  I prefer buying mine but bump I suppose.

Anonymous
by Anonymous on Feb. 14, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Too much work for me. Good for you though.

NowImAMom...
by Silver Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 7:27 PM

I can't wait to start making my own products :)

For laundry I will be using soap nuts though

onecuteladybug2
by Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 7:29 PM

I make my own laundry detergent as well. I have been storing it in a five gallon lidded container and transferring it to an old laundry detergent container, which is a pain because I have to get a funnel out, etc... I like the idea of the beverage dispenser though. How do you keep it from clumping. I usually have to give mine a good shake beofre dispensing...

JLah
by on Feb. 14, 2013 at 7:29 PM

I make my own stuff too. So much cheaper and doesnt have a strong smell.

LooneyLovegood
by Ruby Member on Feb. 14, 2013 at 7:30 PM
I would like to find some purex crystals to put in mine but I cant seem to find any.


Quoting NowImAMom...:

I can't wait to start making my own products :)

For laundry I will be using soap nuts though


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pinkanfgrl
by on Feb. 14, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Thanks for sharing
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