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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Domestic day

Today is market day. I'm hoping I can get little dude awake so I can get there before all the good things are gone! We have missed the past three or four weeks due to rain or sickness so I'm anxious for some fresh veggies!


I'm also going to try a new recipe for making laundry detergent a friend gave me. I think it's the recipe the Dugger's use (and they should know laundry!)

Here it is:

You can use Fels-Naptha bar soap in the homemade soap recipes, Ivory, Sunlight, Kirk's Hardwater Sastile, or Zote bars. Don't use heavily perfumed soaps. I found everything at Kroger's. It cost approx. $2 (for the liquid which is approx 180 loads for a top load machine - 5/8 cup per load - makes 10 gallons)

*And I usually use All Free & Clear which is around $3.50 for 32 loads (on sale!) That's $.10 per load and the recipe is about $.02 per load! Wow! Hope it works.

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap
4 cups hot tap water
1 Fels- Naptha soap Bar
1 Cup Washing Soda
1/2 Cup Borax

-grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.

-fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda, and borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)

-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.

-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons
-Top Load Machine - 5/8 cup per load (approx 180 loads)
-Front Load Machines - 1/4 cup per load (approx 640 loads)

I'll post progress and results later.

**Update! I just went to grind up the Fels Naptha soap bar and I am so sick. It has so much perfume in it! Wish I'd realized that before. Glad I didn't start with it! I am going to go get a different soap to use (unscented!) Dr. Bronner's bar soap maybe?
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