Friday, February 6, 2009

I Made My Own Laundry Soap!

Cost to make: $12.63 = 8 1/2 cents a load!
16 pounds of laundry soap!
This recipe makes:
150 full loads = 2 Tablespoons per load.
Now that is some washing!
Ahhh, the smell of fresh laundry! I have wanted to make my own laundry soap for a couple years now and I finally did it! I am so excited because I am saving tons of $$ and no more toxic chemicals in our clothes and on our skin. I am working on becoming more green! This recipe is Aunt Jenny's over at MaryJane's Farm which I am a member. I am Farmgirl Sister #44! I have learned so much from MaryJane Butters and all the farmgirls! MaryJane is a True Blue Farmgirl and has taught me how to crochet through one of her many books! I have all her books & magazines and cherish each one. Check out her website! I know you will enjoy your visit
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UPDATE! You gals have asked and *YES I LOVE the laundry soap and will never go back to store bought!
*Yes, it works well in hard water.
*White vinegar for the rinse cycle & NO your clothes will not smell like vinegar. Promise!
*You can find washing soda in the laundry section.

**HE front loader machines, dissolve 1 to 2 tbs. of detergent to hot water to make a liquid, then add to machine.
It works!
*Store in a 2 gallon airtight container.

 It should last me several months
and cost just a few cents a load! I bought all my supplies at WinCo.
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*You can also use Ivory, Castile, Zote or another bar soap.
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3 bars Fels Naptha Bar Soap 

4 lbs. Borax

3 lbs. 7 oz. Arm & Hammer Washing Soda

4 lbs. Arm & Hammer Baking Soda

Mix and store in airtight container.
1 to 2 tablespoons per load.

***Wash darks in COLD water.

REMEMBER it makes NO SUDS but cleans super!

You can grate the soap by hand but it was much easier using my KitchenAid attachment!
It has a nice fresh smell like a cool breeze.
I no longer use fabric softener.
I add 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle to soften fabric, brighten whites and eliminate cling. No vinegar smell left on clothes! Honest, it works!
I think my Grandmother's would be proud of me!
Now off to do some laundry.
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Oh honey, I need to add something to my "Honey Do List"...
a cute little clothesline! Pretty, please? XOX

115 comments:

Lorri said...

I have been asking for a clothesline for a while now. I will try this laundry soap. I have a subcription to Mary Jane magazine, but guess I overlooked this recipe.
Lorri

Belle said...

Hello Mary-Jane,

That is a very cute clothes-pin bag.

I have always thought that grated Fels-Naptha looks like cheese. My dad has also though that too, I know that he does because once he tried to eat it.
I make liquid laundry soap so I melt the Fels-Naptha with water on the stove. My dad thought it was some kind of cheese soup or something.

Belle - (homesteaderbelle @ MJF)

Lorilee said...

Maryjane,
That is so cool. I just bought a front load washer. I don't know if the homemade laundry soap would work in it. I do have clotheslines--love them. I have been lucky enough to have them in all three places I have lived! I have my Granny's old clothes pin bag wire hanger. I have had to make a new bag because the old one wore out!
Blessings,
Lorilee

Deanna said...

Wow, thanks for the recipe Maryjane! I am going to try it for sure!

Deanna :D

Sharon said...

What a great idea!! I'd love to try thid but I'm not sure I can find all the supplies. Could use Castile or Ivory bar soap; I know I can find that but not sure about the laundry soda. Let us know how the detergent works on food stains and such. Thanks for sharing this!!! Going green is a good thing but looks like we are all going to need to save some money, too!!

Sunday Girl said...

I would love to find out how well this works for you. I used to make my own soap and tried making laundry soap from my homemade bars of soap. I couldn't use the laundry soap though because it left gray spots all over the clothes. I was told this was because of the hard water in my area. I would really like to find a good recipe because I love the idea.

Connie said...

You're such a "Molly Mormon", chick. It's a wonder they don't excommunicate me because I can't bake bread!!!! No matter how hard I try!!! Maybe I could do soap though. But I am excellent at tithing and garment wearing and modesty and I told them so sunday in church! Hah, you should have seen their eyes bug out. Ugly, I tell ya, ugly.........
Smooches ;-)
Connie

Heidi said...

LOve it! I am so excited to see the pics. How fun! I can't wait to come see it and smell it too! So, how much laundry did u get done today? =)

Jean Tuthill said...

What a great idea! It saves the environment and money, couldn't ask for more than that. I hope it works for you. Let us know!

Terri and Bob said...

I love it!

I used to make all our laundry soap. I went through a terrible phase where everything made me break into a rash. The homemade soap was the only thing I could use.

Ok, white vinegar? apple?

I used to make a cooked soap but I like the powdered one better!

Danette said...

Thanks so much for the detergent recipe. I am most definitely going to make some. I have ultra sensitive skin & many detergents give me hives or activate my psoriasis.
Your pictures are beautiful. They make me want to come to your house for a visit!

Jackie said...

Hi Mary Jane, thank you so much for stopping by my blogland. I so appreciate it...I wish you could have seen my old blog, but it got lost somewhere in cyberspace..Oh well, life goes on. lol. I love your blog. It is so down to earth and so refreshing. I will be stopping by frequently.
Blessings to you and yours,
Jackie

Happy To Be said...

Girl first off I love your laundry room..I have allot of the same vintage things in mine...also this soap looks great...I will try this for sure..thanks so much for sharing...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

TattingChic said...

What a very cool thing to do! It really saves you money? What a great idea. I tend to break out from so many laundry detergents today.

Mimi Sue said...

I'm going to try and make this. I don't think I've ever seen washing soda but I'll look. I wish there was a Winco close by. I love dishes too and have many many sets and just singles. I use them too. Mimi

Kathleen Grace said...

How wonderful! I want to try this, do you know if it works well in hard water?

Wendy Kay said...

Oh, my gosh that sounds so good! Do you send samples? :0) You always amaze me Aunt MJ! Hugs and Kisses, Wendy

This Country Girl said...

I've been wanting to try this too...sounds fairly easy. Thanks for sharing!

Tammy

CherryTreeLane said...

I admire you so! AWESOME!

the wild raspberry said...

I've been thinking of making laundry soap for a while. I have a recipe but just haven't got around to it. hmmm. What did you store it in?
I really love that little pink wooden hanger. It is darling.
xo,
Chasity

Joyce said...

Oh my gosh, I am so impressed! I have a several pages of interesting household recipes in my personal cookbook, so I will be adding this one to it!

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Maryjane
I saw them talking about making your own laundry on Maryjane's forum but I didn't see this recipe from Aunt Jenny. It looks so simply and easy to make! I haven't tried it yet. I also like your clothes pin bag!

Love, Ann
Farmgirl #189

Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

Thanks for sharing this information. I am definitely going to give a try.

Elyse said...

hi maryjane aka little bee aka my fairygodmother,

thanks for sharing the recipe! glad your camera is working again. before i start shreddin' up soap, i'm definitely going to begin using vinegar in the laundry. vinegar has so many cleaning uses, it's amazing.

i think you should put some in a pretty bottle and stamp yourself a little label. :)

xo

Nancy Jo said...

Good for you MJL. Isn't that the best stuff. I love the smell. you did a great picture show of the whole thing!
NANCY JO

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

Hi there Maryjane, I am so going to give this a try and send the ingredients list to my little sister and next door neighbor..how organic is this!..this is great..I am also going to try the vinegar for the rinse too..and it won't make my clothes smell like vinegar? love how you have your laundry room displayed..I have the same little washing board too..hanging on the wall..also and old vintage clothes hanger with a laundry clothes pin bag..thank you again...I have alittle something I am working on for you sisters on the fly..when I get it done and if I like it..I will give you a jingle...er email...:)

Lissa Jane said...

I only use a clothesline... and you'll find stains you couldn't get out (especially tomato sauce style stains) the sun bleaches them out..
then again, I am lucky in Australia, we get plenty of sunshine.. I only use my dryer maybe 4 or 5 times a year.. take care and stay warm!


Lissa
in Australia where she is trying to stay cool.. 45C here today (um over 110F)

GRAMS said...

I just might have to try this. I always use Tide and had to buy some today and talk about expensive.
I would love to make you EAT CAKE (heehee that sound funny). Just let me know what colors and size and I will get right on it. I think I remember that Tina over at Cherry Hill Cottage has some in her kitchen. I'll have to go look again. Hugs Janis

Cori G. said...

Hi Maryjane,

This looks like it might be a fun experiment. Every time I buy laundry detergent I'm horrified at the price and my whites never stay looking white.
Have a fun weekend!
xo Cori

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

That sounds like a wonderful detergent recipe. Thanks for passing that on!

Katmom said...

ok, if it can pass the MaryJane Lee test with flying colors then I know it has to be worth doing...so I will head into town sometime next week to buy the supplies.
I have a front load washer so I will make sure to dilute the power first. As for the White Vinegar, I picked some up at the market today and will give it a try with the next load of wash.
Way to cool!
hugz,
>^..^<

The Vintage Housewife... said...

oooh sweet maryjane i love it gal...omgoodness...that is wonderful! look at you kitten going back to more simpler times...i've gotta do it...thanks for the reciepe...last summer daddy-o made me a cherry red clothesline...eeekkkk and i love it!{if you wanna see it again scroll down to the bottom of my blog} maybe daddy-o and honey-do can talk shop this week...its removeable...i love that...i love this post kitten. can't wait to hit the road with ya this week...love ya cat

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

What a great idea! I love the clothes pin bag, soooo cute!
Hugs~Kelly

claudie said...

WOW I think I might just have to try this Maryjane.
I'm so tired of buying expensive soaps and lugging them home. Now, I will have to get one of my boys to grate the soap (we only have Ivory) never heard of the other's. Mine won't be pretty like yours boo hoo if I use Ivory. I LOVE the YELLOW.
If I wouldn't have known better I would have thought you were giving us another yummy recipe. lol
You always make me smile.
Love Claudie
xoxo
P.S. I also LOVE plates but have an addiction to drapes... yeah drapes. I just changed the kitchen one's again for the 4th time this year. love it!!

The Vintage Housewife... said...

hello sweet maryjane...one lil' note...another add to your reciepe...i bought" zote" bar laundry soap at walmart a vintage soap from the 30's ...they have two..one for delicate wash and one to whiten' {the pink bar}...add them for a lil' different mix...they smell great! and at .68 cents a bar...its great!!! blessings cat

Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries and Eggs In My Pocket said...

Thanks for sharing, I have been looking for a better detergent for my linens. I will just have to give this a try! Love the clothspin bag! Blessings,Kathleen

Kim said...

Love your blog!! Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I just enjoy so much the "visits" to other blogs. I can relate to your plate addiction. I am right there with ya!
Kim

50sgal said...

Wow! This is wonderful homemade detergent! I think, living in 1955, I would proabably buy my own, but I bet I would have had to make do during the war! Interesting blog.

High Desert Diva said...

Thought that was lemon zest at first!

Thanks for the recipe and the recommendation...I've been meaning to do this for months.

Tiffani said...

hi mom!
that is so awesome! you need to sell it! the laundry room looks nice! go green!!
love, tiff xo <3 : )

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

I was wondering what you think you save by making your own laundry soap...I am very curious...as I would like to do this..but want to know if it is cost effective..I do love the photos...love your new plate ware too..:)

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

Oh MY Maryjane! I am so so inspired by your post! what a fabulous neat idea! Thank you so much for sharing this! and your pictures are gorgeous!!

Hugs, Cynthia

Anonymous said...

I am so excited to try this. I spend a fortune on Laundry Soap and Fabric softner! In these hard times everyone will benefit by this. Where do you get Fels Naptha Soap, and Arm & Hammer Washing Soda? Thanks again, I can't wait to wash some clothes, hee hee.

*Shelli* said...

Oh my gosh mom...we can always smell the laundry coming up to your front door! Thanks for doing laundry every time you stay with us or when we visit you...you are waiting for the kids to strip down so you can wash :) Nothing like grandma's towels too. xo I gotta try this. Can you come catch me up on my laundry PLEASE!!!!

Evilpotpourri said...

Thank you so much for this recipe! I made it today.I used Ivory-searched every store in our little town for the Fels but there was none to be found. I also added essential oil in Tangerine to mine-probably 20 drops or more cuz I love the scent! Im on my second load. I started with my sons bedding and you know how nasty little boys can be..lol. His sheets smell wonderful now!
I encourage everyone to try this. I know we will be saving a lot of $$$ with this recipe.

Aunt Jenny said...

Thanks so much for braggin on my recipe and showing the clothespin bag. I am so so glad it has a great farmgirl home.
I know I will never go back to storebought laundry soap!!!
LOVE your blog!!

Ali said...

Many thanks for sharing that recipe! Boy do I ever miss a clothesline. That and a bath tub. Haven't had either since we moved to England 8 years ago. Cannot WAIT to move back home to Canada later this year so I can have both again.

I love your clothespin bag too. Both my mother and grandmother had similar bags and those big willow laundry baskets. Happy memories.

Another one here who's wondering if you can substitute the Fels-Naptha with castile soap?

Ali @ A Cosy Life

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

My Mother has been making this laundry soap for years! Funny thing, I've never gotten any! I will have to get after her. She has friends who pay her to make it, it's wonderful I know.

Ali said...

Sorry, more questions;

Has anyone had any problems using homemade detergents in our modern washing machines? They don't clog them up or leave dirt in them, especially in hard water? How about cleaning? Colours aren't dull? Whites aren't gray?

Ali

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Ali and all you wonderful Gals who have left comments or those lurking!

Thanks for all the questions! As questions have been asked, I have posted the answers. I know personally several women who have used this recipe for years and others similar recipes, prefer it over store bought. I have reserched for 2 years and hearing testimonals sold me! This recipe has been used in all types of washing machines, yes and front loaders. On the post it will tell you how to use in a front loader. It does well in the hardest waters to. No clogging, or build up. Using VINEGAR in the rinse cycle helps clean out the washer also. Whites are white! I use the detergent on all my clothes. I have not heard about the deteregent fading clothes. Use any bar soap you wish. Most popular are: Ivory, Fels-Naptha & Castile. I am very pleased with this recipe!
Hummm, selling it is a great idea Kathi!

Thanks for asking!

Hugs,
Maryjane
"The Beehive Cottage"

Ali said...
Sorry, more questions;

Has anyone had any problems using homemade detergents in our modern washing machines? They don't clog them up or leave dirt in them, especially in hard water? How about cleaning? Colours aren't dull? Whites aren't gray?

Ali

February 12, 2009 7:57 AM

Linda said...

Hi Maryjane,
I just had to make another commment-this stuff is great. I had a hard time at first finding the Arm & Hammer Washing Soda and the Fels-Naptha, but.....I found it on the net, then talked to the nice lady on the phone who directed me to Krogers. She said most Krogers carry the Washing Soda, and the Fels-Naptha, but employees there don't even realize it. Anyway, the Fels-Naptha is really an important ingredient. It's good for poison ivy, especially getting it out of clothes, and so much more. I'm going to put the list on my blog by the weekend--a long list of what it's good for. Anyway, thanks so much for sharing this wonderful laundry soap - and you're right, it smells sooooo good, forget the coverup smells in other detergents. I'm so happy to have a good product and save $$$$. by the way, http://kindlelightblessings.blogspot.com

My Crafty Little Page said...

Amazing... I have to try this!

Signs & Salvage said...

I Love it!!! I have been using this soap for over a year now (in my front loader machine) and will NEVER go back to store bought!!! I have mine in a great big vintage jar and scoop it with an antique spoon! I made a great vintage looking tag also:) I actually have given this as a gift to some of my "green" friends:) The only laundry that we have found has had a tough time was... 4H Fair clothes & Football uniforms:) Thank you for sharing!!!

Angela said...

Thanks for the Laundry Detergent Receipt. I can't wait to try it!

Happy Pink Saturday!
Angela

Carrie said...

Hi Aunt Maryjane! I am so impressed that you made your own detergent! Great job!

sweetmemorymakingmom said...

Oh I love how you have your laundry room all cute with vintage finds. And I love your homemade laundry soap. I will have to try this. I bet the lemon smelt so awesome and refreshing.

hugs, Ellen

Signs and Salvage said...

HI Again!! Thank you for commenting on our BLOG...I wanted to show you some pictures of my soap in my vintage jar...BUT i cannot figure out how to send you the pictures!!! I am new to this bLOG thing:) I also wanted to send you the image of my tag...maybe you can share it with someone else:)

Thanks so much...this is fun:)

Kristin

The TinCan Cottage said...

Thanx for the Laundry Soap Recipe!
Im watching Every Penny these days and this will really help!

Sincerely, Emily said...

Hi MaryJane - great post. I am still using up the HUGE jug of commercial detergent and then WILL WILL WILL make homemade. Looking forward to the HUGE cost savings and also using less chemicals too. thanks for the info on the different bar soaps that can be used (fels naptha or castile OR PINK zote). Fels is hard to come by (w/o ordering on line) but I did find PINK Zote in a 99cent store or dollar general one a store like that so that is so good to know. I have been using the white vinegar in my front loader for a few months and it works great. also ran out of jet dry and have been using it in the dish washer too - working fine there (what a deal). Emily

R C Colwell said...

all in favor of green and savings. Time is a factor though. It is a simple process or is it involved?

http://www.helixelemental.blogspot.com

Kay @ The Rustic Cottage said...

I love making this laundry soap! I make my own bar soap to use and it works great. I love the vintage picnic basket that you have your soap stored in!!

SewCalGal said...

I can't wait to make this laundry soap and give it a try. Sounds delightful.

Any chance you have a recipe to share for homemade spray starch?

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

ldsmommyof12 said...

I just made some liquid laundry soap so will try this too. Love your blog.

Rachel said...

Thank you so much for the laundry soap recipe. I had everything on had but did not have full boxes. So...I wanted to share my conversions for making a smaller batch.
1/4 of the recipe:
Borax - 2 cups
Washing Soda - 1 heaping cup
Baking Soda - 1 1/2 cups
Zote Soap Bar - 1/3 bar (cut between the Z&O and the T&E)

I then ran mine through the blender to make it a nice fluffy powder.
It made approx. 6 1/2 cups. I'm figuring that's about 104 Tbl., so using 2 Tbl. per load would mean I should get about 52 loads. :-)

Rindy R said...

I just found your adorable blog - and I am off to buy my ingredients for this laundry detergent! Thanks for sharing!

Rindy R said...

It has now been 4 months since I purchased and made this recipe for detergent. I think it is a good at Tide (which I used to use). I am sold! I am off to make a double batch today! Thanks for sharing such a cost saver!!

Rella said...

I put this off long enough and today went to ACE to buy the products. The Arm & Hammer Washing powder box is only 3 lbs. 7 oz...did you actually buy two boxes to make up the 9 oz? Then I had to order the pink zote. I totally want the pink. lol Can't wait for the zote to arrive to finish the mix and give it a whirl.

xox Rella

Sonia said...

Hello MaryJane,
This is Sonia from Creating Vintage Charm magazine. I remember seeing this post briefly when I came by for the magazine launch party then I trailed off but this post was stuck in my head. I finally came back and this time I am making sure to save it. I definetly have to try this. Maybe for spring you would be interested to share this with the magazine readers?!!That will be fun!!
Anyways, I will be going to get me some ingredients to try this sometime soon. Nothing better then homemade!!
Hugs!
Sonia

A Vintage Home in Progress said...

This is a wonderful idea...I have printed the ingredients and going to give it a try...I love getting back to the simple things in life and I have been asking for a clothesline too. I hope you have a wonderful day.

Holly said...

I cannot wait to make this! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe - especially in this day and age. Where did you find A&M Washing Soda and the soap you talk about?
Thank you!
blessings!

Anonymous said...

MaryJane,

I made this laundry detergent on Friday and it is amazing!! A load of whites came out so snowy white, it was hard to believe how dingy they had become! And the best part? The clothes have the most amazing fresh smell - no perfumes, it's like they've been hanging outside in the bright sunshine. I love it!!

Rustique Gal said...

Maryjane, what fun to have this recipe! I will try to gather the goods and make some. My GF and I spend a couple of nights at Mary Jane's Farm B&B in 2009. It was so fun and she is just sweet! I love getting out of the grid of the expensive products and going back to our heritage!
Hugs,
Sherry

Leann said...

Didn't realize how quickly I would be back. Just saw a link from Two Crazy Crafters for the homemade soap.

I'm headed to the market tomorrow and will pick up the ingredients.

Thanks!
Leann

Holly said...

Maryjane~
I saw your blog a few months ago and finally made the soap yesterday - love it! Is it okay with you if I post it on my blog (with credit and a link to you?
Thank you!

Holly said...

Hugs to you, Mary Jane!!
It will be posted on Friday!
Thank you so much!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Hi Mary Jane,
Just want you to know that it still makes me so happy every time I come to your blog to get the detergent recipe! I have been making it for over a year now, and love this little ritual so much! Thank you again!
xoxo, Andrea

Donna said...

I use the the same recipe that the Duggers use, it makes kind of a gel like laundry soap. So it works great in my HE Washing machine. I use the pink zote in it. I love it. It makes 5 gallons. One batch lasted us for a little over one year. Thanks for the tip on vinegar I'm plan to try that!!! I was just saying I wish I had a clothes line!
Blessings Donna

Kerrie said...

I cannot wait to try this!! Thanks!!

misterals said...

Hello and thank you for sharing this recipe. I had a quick question, if I may :) I use only cold water to wash and rinse. Will the grated up soap cause a problem with clogging in my machine, since I do not use warm/hot water at any stage? Thanks, and your blog is fabbo!!!

K said...

For those who aren't sure where to find the washing soda you can always ask your grocery store or Ace Hardware if they can order it for you if they do not have it in their store. That way you won't have to pay for shipping. On Ace Hardwares site they have Arm & Hammer Washing Soda for 4 something much cheaper than buying it for 9 something on ebay for the same amount!

Villa Maire said...

Hi Maryjane,
You have inspired me to make my own
laundry detergent ! I found the Zout and the borax, thank you for
sharing that you found all of the items at WinCo.
Can I ask where you got your metal
basket to store your soap? It is the cutest !
I also made your peanut butter cup cookies....so good !
Mary Jane

Jenni said...

I had seen your post about laundry soap before, but never got around to trying it. Today I was looking at my bookmarked blogs and saw your update. I am 100% inspired to go home and give it a try. Thank you.

Bonnie Alger said...

Hello Maryjane,

I have been making my laundry detergent for years. One of the nice things about it, is being able to adjust the recipe for current needs. I have 5 athletic children and a hard working hubby that all produce dirty, smelly clothes! I increase the Fels Naptha amount for extra-boost cleaning. I use 1 part Borax and Washing Soda to 2 parts Fels Naptha. I keep the Baking Soda in a separate jar and add only to "smelly" batches and towels. I keep a bar of the Fels in a cup to rub directly onto stains. It is the best for removing grass stains!

Another tip since the Washing Soda can be difficult to find in stores, I get a 40 lb. bag of Soda Ash (100% Sodium Carbonate) for $20 from a pool supply company. My local Walmart now carries the Fels Naptha. It is only 97 cents a bar!

P.S. I heart your clothes pin bag!

Bonnie Alger said...

Hello Maryjane,

I have been making my laundry detergent for years. One of the nice things about it, is being able to adjust the recipe for current needs. I have 5 athletic children and a hard working hubby that all produce dirty, smelly clothes! I increase the Fels Naptha amount for extra-boost cleaning. I use 1 part Borax and Washing Soda to 2 parts Fels Naptha. I keep the Baking Soda in a separate jar and add only to "smelly" batches and towels. I keep a bar of the Fels in a cup to rub directly onto stains. It is the best for removing grass stains!

Another tip since the Washing Soda can be difficult to find in stores, I get a 40 lb. bag of Soda Ash (100% Sodium Carbonate) for $20 from a pool supply company. My local Walmart now carries the Fels Naptha. It is only 97 cents a bar!

P.S. I heart your clothes pin bag!

Kelly said...

I decided I really wanted to try this. So I decided to scout and see how hard it would be to find everything. Walmart had everything I needed all neat in a row. I decided it was meant to be. Can't wait to get it mixed up and use it. Thanks so much!

Penny said...

I am glad to see that everyone seems to be able to find all the items....I live in a very very small town....where the only fast food place we have is McDonalds so that lets you know how small it is...I live 35 miles from the nearest walmart. Our Ace hardware carries all the items and for under 10 dollars I can get everything for a batch of detergent that lasts me 6 months. I do know that walmart carries everything too...Also my two grocery stores carry the borax and washing soda...I love this and I use my food processor to make everything. Love it...I also use vinegar in a downy softner ball...great for a softner. I also bought the dryer balls for the dryer because sometimes I can't hang my clothes out. I really would rather hang out my clothes. To me there is not a prettier site than seeing my clothes on the line...I also enjoy hanging them out and then folding them as I take them off the line...and they smell so good too..

I also love this site. I am so glad that MJF started the GirlGab so I was able to find your blog. I hope someday my blog will be as nice as yours...

jennie w. said...

I bought my laundry-making supplies today, even though it meant shopping at the store-that-must-not-be-named. (starts with wal ends with mart).

I'm so excited to make this! Also excited to meet a fellow "beehiver"!

--jennie w.

www.beehiveandbirdsnest.com

kh-jeremiah29.11 said...

I'm curious. Do you use the white vinegar on colored clothes too? I was wondering if it fades colors.

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Yes, I use white vinegar in my rinse cycle for all my clothes!

Bonnie Alger said...

I use the white vinegar for every RINSE cycle as well...but, be careful when adding it to the wash. It SETS dye. So...it's great for the first wash of dark jeans that you want to stay that way...but, be careful...it SETS the stains too!

KD said...

Sooooo, I just made my first batch and I was sooo excited that I accidentally put in 2 boxes of baking soda (that's 8 lbs instead of 4 lbs). I'm not too excited to double everything else to even things out since this makes so much. Any idea if this will cause any damage or reduce the efficiency of the soap?

KD said...

Sooo I just made my first batch of soap and I was soo excited that I accidentally put in 2 boxes of baking soda instead of 1 (8 lbs instead of 4 lbs) I really don't want to double everything else to even things out since this makes so much to begin with. Any thoughts if this might do any damage to my laundry/machine or reduce the effectiveness of the soap?

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello KD! So happy you the laundry soap a try! I don't have any idea if adding 4 more pounds more of baking soda is a problem or not. Give it a few tries and see. Good luck! ~Maryjane

RoseMary said...

#3287 Farmgirl Sisterhood.
This is a recipe that I will try. Thank You for a great blog to read.
RoseMary

Jamie said...

Mary Jane, I just wanted to let you know that I've been making this laundry soap for a month or so now. I used to make a liquid version of this recipe for about three years, but I'm really loving this dry recipe. I linked back to you and to Aunt Ruthie from Sugar Pie Farmhouse where I originally saw her post first. Thanks for the recipe. Have a blessed day! ~ Jamie

Lisa D said...

Hello! I just made this laundry soap and was surprised at how easy and quickly I was able to assemble the ingredients. I washed a couple loads of whites and just have to say not only did my clothes come out super clean but when I went to hand dry my front load HE machine, it, too was squeaky clean! The instructions I received for how to use this laundry soap in my front loading HE machine states to dissolve a couple of tablespoons in hot water and pour into the soap dispenser. However, the one problem with this laundry soap is that I am having a hard time getting the shreds of the Fels Naptha soap to dissolve. Any suggestions? What do you and your other readers do to get this to dissolve properly? Thank you, any and all suggestions are most welcome!

Lisa D said...

Hello! I just made this laundry soap and was surprised at how easy and quickly I was able to assemble the ingredients. I washed a couple loads of whites and just have to say not only did my clothes come out super clean but when I went to hand dry my front load HE machine, it, too was squeaky clean! The instructions I received for how to use this laundry soap in my front loading HE machine states to dissolve a couple of tablespoons in hot water and pour into the soap dispenser. However, the one problem with this laundry soap is that I am having a hard time getting the shreds of the Fels Naptha soap to dissolve. Any suggestions? What do you and your other readers do to get this to dissolve properly? Thank you, any and all suggestions are most welcome!

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Lisa!

Thank you so much for giving the laundry soap a try and thrilled you like it!

To answer your question***grate the bar soap "fine" and it will dissolve. It should melt doing that!

Have a great day!
Maryjane

Bonnie Alger said...

I put the soap right on the clothes in my front loader instead of in the dispenser...world great!

Bonnie Alger said...

I put the soap right on the clothes in my front loader instead of in the dispenser...world great!

A Magical Whimsy said...

This soap looks amazing! And thank you for adding me to your 'circle' on Etsy. I also have a blog and love Jesus too!
I found Fels-Naptha at Winco...
I know it is getting harder to find.
Have a blessed week!
Teresa in California
http://amagcialwhimsy.blogspot.com/

BamaGurl said...

So happy to find ur blog! Just what I've needed, very uplifting.

Linda said...

Maryjane,
I have been wanting to make this recipe for my laundry. I have the front load washer and dryer that calls for the HD laundry detergents and am wondering if this recipe is okay for my HD (high definition) "brand new" washer? Does anyone have any clues on this?
Thanks,
Linda

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

LINDA.....

Yes you can use it in your new HE washer! I have one too. Go back to this post and read the BLUE lettering statement I wrote a while back on how to use it!

Thanks for asking!
Maryjane

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

PS Linda....I think you meant HE for High Energy for your washer. HD, High Definition is for a TV.

vwgriggs said...

I made this recipe about a month ago and have been using it since then and I LOVE it. I have a commercial, top loading HE washing machine without an agitator so it's a bit different than most but I put this detergent in with a scoop in powdered form (I don't dissolve it in water) and have excellent results. I use a downy ball with vinegar and essential oils for fabric softener and with a military hubby and two small boys, 1 and 3, we have lots of messes and smelly clothes but everything comes out beautifully with your recipe. Thanks so much I'm so glad I found it. I will absolutely NEVER go back to the old stuff again.

Lisa D said...

How much vinegar to use in the rinse cycle for a HE front load machine, please?

Lisa D said...

Can you tell me how much vinegar to use in the rinse for a HE front load machine, please?

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Hi Lisa!

Use 1/2 to 1 cup cup vinegar in rinse cycle!

Thanks for asking!
Maryjane

Patricia Holigores said...

Hello,
Does this recipe call for 2-4 lbs. Arm & Hammer Baking Soda for a total of 8lbs?

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Patricia,

It calls for:

4 lbs. Arm & Hammer BAKING Soda

and

4 lbs. Arm & Hammer WASHING Soda.

Not 8 lbs. of Baking soda. You need both kinds of soda.

Thank you!
Maryjane

mom2jk said...

Do you use 3 bars of zote as well?? Instead of the fels naptha?

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Yes, 3 bars of Zote. Thanks for asking! ❤️

Eclectic Mommy said...

Can this be made WITHOUT Borax?

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

This recipe I have used for over 5 years calls for Borax. For this recipe it is an ingredient that is needed and works well. I have seen many recipes and they all call for Borax. Maryjane@The Beehive Cottage

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