Basic formula is:
1 Bar soap. Dr. Bronner’s (Magic soaps) Organic, Vegan. I use Unscented Baby-mild. (little grandson on the way…) Use any uncented bar soap? (Next trick is to make our own. Not at all difficult.)
1 cup 20 Mule Borax.
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 – It should be sodium carbonate!. Nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent
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. You could also freeze and blend like in the “powder” version further down the page. All the choices – what are we todo? lol.
Add the Borax and washing Soda.
Cook to dissolve – try not boil.
Let it cool a little then distribute it amongst 4 separate 2 quart bottles. About 1/2 full each.
Top up all the bottles with warm water.
Shake the bottles up and that’s it.. It will gel. It’s supposed to. Do not throw away..
Stir it up by using a stick or the handle of a wooden spoon or just shake well.
Shake up before each use.
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 the detergent has cooled. Try lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.
If your wash has 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. (Rolling of drums..)
The cause of unpleasant odors is bacteria. Commercial detergents add scents 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.
Heavy duty wash for my work clothes:
On wash day .. let the laundry soak with the detergent 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.
Air dry your clothes if you can. (HE drier?) 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 2 ingredients.
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 machines?
Here’s the real HE machine:
Cost under $3 for a toilet plunger (nice one this, clean bucket…) – lol.
Washing work gloves. Don’t want those in our clothes washing? Not even I would do that ..
Small dish cloths. Need to wash these separately. They should be boiled. No kidding.
Works just great.
So this is it. Chemicals B-gone.
It works great, costs a fraction of the price and is eco friendly.
Better bring your own gloves with you?
Only kidding. We are fanatical about hygiene. Almost to the point of being rediculous.
One of the main reasons for wanting a dome home is the quality of the hygiene it offers, especially if it is Lime washed.