Friday, July 10, 2009

Fresh Batch of Homemade Laundry Soap!

I just finished making a fresh batch of homemade laundry soap...16 pounds of it! It comes half way up my cottage picnic tin! I LOVE making it and I feel so domestic when I do! LOL! This time I used PINK ZOTE soap and it looks and smells heavenly! I have been making my own detergent for months now and will never use anything else!
If you want to make some yourself the RECIPE is 

 HERE 

I love the clothesline freshness it gives!Fun testimonial from this post!
I am tickled PINK!
Check out her darling blog to!
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Debbie said...
I read your blog and ran straight to the store! I made 1 batch,then did laundry and it worked so well I went back to the store and made more. I love it! Thanks!
July 12, 2009 5:29 PM
Happy Laundry Day!

50 comments:

Lori said...

i never thought laundry soap could be so pretty!!!
have a great weekend!!!

luckygirlgifts said...

O.k, I think I'm gonna try it. I read the post when you first posted it. But, still I hesitated.
I have a couple of questions.
About how much does it cost to make? Also, how many loads would you say you get from the batch.
I've got 4 kiddos. I'm just wondering if I'd be making it all the time.
Thanks so much for the inspiration.
Cari b.

Princess Of Pink said...

I adore your pretty container!! PINK!!!!!! And maybe i will make some of that detergent someday.

Hugs from Marian

Bella Crafts said...

The laundry soap container is so pretty that I'd probably display on my fireplace mantle :) And the cotton candy looking soap is incredible! I've never seen laundry soap look so cottagy sweet. Just love your talent and creativity!

*Shelli* said...

***MOM we are on our way over to swim, play, eat and "DO OUR LAUNDRY" at your home!!!**** Thanks xo

Elizabeth said...

I also make my own laundry soap,but never heard of the pink soap or the vinegar, I will try those for sure! I learn so much from you ladies!

Donna said...

Oh Mary Jane!! I can smell it from here!!Hahaa...Happy weekend to you!!hughugs

Summer Gypsy said...

So pretty!!! I have made my own detergent for several months now, too. Zote is getting harder to find...so, I also use Fels Naptha!!! I love it!!! I love your pink basket with the china cup!!!
Blessings,
Marilyn

Julie said...

wow, you make me want to make my own. And I had the same thoughts as BellaCrafts. It DOES look like Cotton Candy. One day when I'm looking for something excitingly different to do, I think I will give it a go. :-) would have to get all the "ingredients" first!
Lovely photos.

Elyse said...

hi maryjane,

just a thought -- put some in pretty bottles or mason jars with your adorable tags and voila! an instant seller on your etsy site. if you do this, i will pre-order!

what can't this little maryjane do?! inspiring!

love,
elyse
xo

Holly said...

What a wonderful "soap dispenser" you have! I will have to look up the recipe for your laundry soap and try it!

karen said...

You always package everything in such a pretty way! You make everything a beautiful gift! Thanks for sharing.

TattingChic said...

That has got to be the prettiest laundry detergent bin I have ever seen! I'll bet you save a lot of money on your home-made laundry detergent, too! :)

Donna @ Party Wishes said...

How fun! I have the same tin! you are giving me some ideas!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Oh I want to try this! I have some of the things already! I think you can get the Fels at Restoration Hardware, probably have a website. My sister-in-law said that you can get it at Target here in Columbus and at some Dollar Stores. Have to investigate that further. I like the idea of adding essential oil for fragrance. We have lots of Ivory soap in the linen closet, I could use up some of that! That was my Mother's Day gift from our youngest son, he likes things that are pure and environmentally friendly and practical. Now I have a good use for it!!

Thanks Maryjane! This will be fun!
And I will use the vinegar too!!

Hugs, Sherry

Kathleen Grace said...

I absolutely have to try this! Do you think it will work in hard water? How did you get it to turn out pink?

Debbie said...

Wow what a fun idea! Where did you get your cute container? I am off to the store to pick up the stuff. Your blog is alway so much fun to read!

Merrie said...

Oh, I am so glad you posted this. Ever since you posted the first one, I had been wondering where I saw that recipe. The pictures stuck out in my mind but it was when I was new to reading blogs and didnt know how to keep track yet. Yeah! Thanks so much.
I cant wait to give it a try.

Lorri said...

Mary Jane,
Thanks so much for this recipe. I was just thinking about this yesterday! I have run out of washing powder and was so upset at the cost of buying more. I will use this recipe next time. Where did you find the ZOTE soap? We have a walmart here and that is about it, so just wondering where you found the ingredients

fairmaiden said...

My best friend jAne at Tickleberry Farm makes her own too. I have yet to try it. Yours is so pretty.

Anne Fannie said...

Maryjane, your laundry detergent looks good enough to eat! LOL I also love the pink container you keep it in....Home Goods?
Love you and and miss you too...
~Ann

Brenda said...

What a delightful idea, Mary Jane! I may just have to kick my butt into gear and make some. But I only use perfume-free yada yada detergent. Think they have one of those recipes? Allergies, you know.
Brenda

Debbie said...

I read your blog and ran straight to the store! I made 1 batch,then did laundry and it worked so well I went back to the store and made more. I love it! Thanks!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi MaryJane, I just love that you make your own soap. It looks so pretty. I am sure that makes doing laundry a better chore. Love the tin you have it stored in too.

Your blog is so lovely and I really enjoyed catching up on past posts. You are so talented and your blog so inviting. Your family is beautiful. You are very blessed.

Thank you for stopping by to visit me and view my friend's home tour. Your kind comments mean so much.

Have a wonderful evening sweetie and great week ahead.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Just a little something from Judy said...

I can't believe it, you can even make laundry detergent look pretty. I do believe I will have to try this recipe. Thank you for this recipe.

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

I have a recipe for laundry detergeant but never tried it. Your's looks so pretty in that cute container! I may just give it a go!

Manuela

Lady Katherine said...

I never knew laundry soap could be so pretty, and the picnic tin, oh how I love it! Find another let me know! lol Glad your surgery is all behind you and another Birthday, I missed! Wishing you A Happy Birthday! Your daughter was so sweet to do a post for you. Love your Birthday table. I been on the hunt for a vintage camper. For I do love yours, after working 5 years on the road in a motor home. I miss the life! I love to make the soap, but surgery is in a few months and I will be down. Just getting things done before. Love you Soap!

paperbird said...

I love pink- It would look so pretty in a big glass jar. Thanks for the recipe I think I will give it a try.

kwiltmakr said...

Debbie sent me over here to check out your homemade laundry soap. I wrote the directions down and next time I go to the store I will try it. I am about out of laundry soap anyway. Thanks and thanks Debbie.

Sophee-a Laroo Bijoux and Sheri too said...

I have to use HE..high efficiency soap.....

I hate my washer....Maytag neptune front loader..it is the worst!!!

I had a whirlpool for 15 years and I loved it. I would really like to make my own soap too but I wonder if it would work with my washer???

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Sophee-you can use this in your HE front-loader. Many success stories in doing so! Just add your 2 tablespoon in a cup and add HOT water until it dissolves! Presto! It works! Maryjane

Heidi said...

Nice! I think I'll go use mine right now! Thanks for sharing your pretty laundry soap MOM! =)

Mimi Sue said...

Even your laundry detergent is adorable! I've been meaning to try some. Mimi

Memaw's memories said...

I'm definitely going to try this. I already use vinegar in my rinse and bluing in my whites, but this will be fun to do and maybe share with my girls.

Love the container and all the neat decor you do.

Libby Buttons said...

Im a subscriber to MaryJane's Farm but have yet o become a sister. Do you enjoy the extras of belonging? I see where this months edition has all kinds of homemade cleaners. I hope to get around to trying them all. Great blog btw
smiles
Darlie
aka LiBBy BuTTons

Katmom said...

Oh MaryJane,
I so wish I could make my own, and pink ta boot!, but I have a front load machine & according to what I have read, they don't recommend powdered soap,,,,I wonder if I could dissovle it first in water & then add it to my dispenser...?
I bought a bar of Alee's bar laundry soap which is wonderful for tuff dirt, I just wet the bar, rub it over the soil and toss the item in the wash....works wonderfully.
I am soooo itchn to go campin' or should I say Glampin', how about you?
Sister Hugz
>^..^<

Deanna said...

Oh my goodness! I had lost the recipe and I had forgotten on whose blog I had seen this....Thanks you for reposting it!

Deanna :D

TattingChic said...

Thank you for entering my giveaway! Good luck to you!

Sassy said...

I went and bought the Borax and the arm and hammer baking soda but what is arm and hammer washing soap and where did you find the zote? I went to three different places and I can't find the fels naptha either.....Please help....I bought cute containers...and want to finish.....love the pink!!!!! I did get ivory just in case I couldn't find the other but I want the color.......Please let me know....thanks so much.....but too cute....people in line and the checker also was asking about it and I told them about you and the clothes detergent....they were so excited...me too...just want to finish!!!!!!! =0}

Sassy said...

Thank you for popping in today....just one question about the recip...when it says 2 boxes Arm and Hammer Baking Soda-4 lbs. Is that two 4 pound boxes or two boxes equalling four pounds???? Just curious and I have a front loader....I did use it today and ♥'d it! Thank for sharing your recipe and I think my three gifts looked very cute!

laurmela said...

Finally found all the ingredients, will wash tomorrow. Found a great white enamel stock pot at goodwill to hold it all. Thanks for the info!

Betty's corner of the world said...

I am sooo excited and can't wait to make the soap ...It's so pretty and I have the perfect big jar sitting on my dryer waiting for me to put something in it...Now I hope I can find the soaps in my small town.
I can hardly wait to make it and use it ..but for now I'm on my way to wash some sheets and will try the white vinegar...Thank you so much for sharing ... Your work is beautiful.
Hugz ..Betty

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Yummers! I'm going to give this a whirl... I love sweet smelling soaps.

Warm blessings,
Spencer

Shirley Blue Gate Farm said...

I, too, am excited about this recipe and will try to find all the items this week. I was wondering about the Pink Zote. Your recipe states 1-1/3, but the original Naptha states 3 bars, 5 1/2 oz. each. Do you mean 3 Zotes at 1 1/3 oz.each or only one Pink Zote to the other ingredients? Enjoy reading your blog, just happened upon it recently. Thanks for your response.

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Answer for Shirley:

The ZOTE I was using were huge bars, so that is way I made that measurement. ZOTE also makes a regular size, so that would be 3 bars.

Thank you!
Maryjane

Tanya said...

Maryjane

I just purchased all the supplies that I need to make the Homemade Laundry Detergent today...Where did you get the pink enamel storage tin? I want one!

Thanks for sharing,
Tanya Anderson

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Tanya!

So thrilled you are making the laundry detergent! Let me know how it turns out! I bought the pink tin from HomeGoods about 7 years ago. It was a Gooseberry Patch item. Maybe Gooseberry Patch still has them.

Good Luck!
Hugs,
Maryjane

The Sewing Loft said...

I finally got the ingredients rounded up to make the laundry detergent. My Cuisinart was very handy to prepare the Fels. I was kind of nervous about only using 2-3 T. and no suds....lol...but I did it anyway. Actually there was no smell whatsoever in my washed clothes. I guess that means plain old clean! Next I will be on the look out for something to store it in. The white vinegar works great as a fabric softener.

Thanks for sharing!

Barb

Blessing Hill Lane said...

Love that container! Thanks for the great ideas!

My name is Darlene Payan said...

I did it! I made my own laundry soap and it smelled so clean. Thank you for sharing and I am directing my readers to your blog for the recipe.