Basic formula is:
1 Bar soap. Dr. Bronner’s (Magic soaps) Organic, Vegan. I use Unscented Baby-mild. (little grandson on the way…)
1 cup 20 Mule Borax. (they must be so worn out after hauling this stuff for so long?)
1 cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda.
note: washing soda is Sodium Carbonate whilst baking power is Sodium Bicarbonate. They are not the same!
Arm & Hammer “Super Washing Soda” is the right stuff.. please check the ingrediants. Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent – It should be sodium carbonate!! Chemistry 101.
Wet liquid detergent:
In a 4 quart saucepan, put about 2 quarts of water. Fine grind the bar of soap into the water. Cook until the soap melts.
or better still, blend it with some of the water.
Add the Borax and washing Soda.
Cook to dissolve – try not boil.
Let it cool a little and pour it into 3 or 4 separate 2 quart bottles. Top up with warm water.
It will gel overnight. It’s supposed to. Do not throw away..
Shake up before using.
Use a half a cup a load? Test for yourself.
Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add this once soap has cooled. Try lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.
If your clothes still have an odor – add a half a cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle.
Oxi bleach – if you use it – add it to the rinse cycle. Please read the instructions.
OK – here’s the deal about odors. (the whole truth, nothing but the truth so help me Bob?)
The cause of unpleasant odors is bacteria. Commercial detergents add that smelly stuff to cover up the odor which would cost more to remove? You need to kill the bacteria in the clothing to get rid of the odor. Almighty dollar again.
My work clothes take a huge hammering. Lots of building, hot sun, sweat. Getting better with each wash I promise. You will soon be able to stand within 10 feet (3M) of me? Kidding, but get the point.
Heavy duty wash for my work clothes:
On wash day .. lol. (Like there’s a dedicated wash day?) let the laundry soak with the soap in the tub before putting it through a cycle..
Half hour later – let it go through the complete wash and rinse cycle.
Then add a 1/2 cup of vinegar in an extra rinse cycle. Let it stand 1/2 an hour or so. Run the rinse cycle.
It takes care of the odor. Being a woodworker, my sense of smell has gone out the window?
Air dry your clothes if you can. In the sun. UV kills bacteria. It’s also free.
You cannot use a microwave as you don’t possess one I trust? 🙂
Same ingredients. Only difference is the way you treat the bar soap.
Cut it up into quarters and stick it into the freezer. When frozen, put it in your blender. Grind it up.
Add the other stuff (19 cow borax etc) and blend it all together.
Nice powder. Stop blending asap as it’s powder and you may burn it out? That smell is the motor insulation getting hot ?….
Light soil – 1 Tsp. Heavy – 2 Tsp. Test for quantity.
HE washing machines….Being a male, it took me about 2 minutes to work out it stands for High Efficiency. You girls would know better. Now I am betting that there are detergents specially formulated for the HE market? Not even gong to look. (How do they sleep at night?)
(I asked my twin if he knew what a HE washer was – said yes, They have two. Big mouth? They also have specially formulated powder guys. Just in case you don’t know…) Wow. Blows my mind man…..
Here’s the real HE machine:
Cost under $3 for a toilet plunger (nice one this, clean bucket… – lol) – don’t, please try not to – get the two plungers mixed up?…. mind you if you use the washer plunger in the toilet bowl, it won’t do any harm to the septic. lol.
You can pay $18 plus shipping and get one on-line? Ours also makes a swoosh swoosh sound? Hold it at an angle when you swoosh swoosh it or it gets stuck to the bottom of the bucket. Like in the photo. Plunge plunge, swoosh swoosh.
5 Gal. bucket.
Washing work gloves. Don’t want those in our clothes washing? Well you could sneak it and suffer the consequences of your significant better half finding out?
Small dish cloths. Hand washing dishes in two containers placed in the sink. One for washing, one for vinegar rinse?
When done, I spray the stainless steel sink and containers with vinegar and wipe down with a cloth. Three times a day. Clean cloth each time. So in two days you’ll have about 27 small cloths to wash, as you use a fresh one for each wash. Need to wash these seperately. They should be boiled. No kidding.
OK what the clown is saying is:
Home made laundry detergent. Less than $3 plunger. Hold at angle to plunge.
Listen for the Whoosh Whoosh sound. 🙂 Can’t help it. lol.