Friday, March 19, 2010
I made my own Laundry Detergent today!
I admit it, I love the Duggars! I couldn't do 19 children but I think they do an awesome job. They also have a web page of their favorite recipes, including Laundry Detergent. I have been wanting to make it for 6 years (blush), but couldn't find all the ingredients to do so. In South Carolina I couldn't find Fels-Naptha Soap so I gave up. Then, the other day, when looking for Calgon Water Softner, there was the Soap and the Washing Soda. I couldn't believe it and couldn't pass up the chance to finally try it out.
I did wait until my other detergent ran out first. Then I shredded the bar today and got to work. Nikki mixed the soap as it heated up. I didn't have a 5 gallon bucket, well I do but it is a food grade bucket and I wasn't going to waste it on non food grade stuff. So I used two old laundry detergent buckets, one is 3 gallons and the other is 2 gallons. I couldn't use them for much else so it was perfect!
After I got it all mixed, it looked pretty much like soapy water and that concerned me. I was worried that it wouldn't gel up, like it said in the instructions. I messed up some icing recently so it was a valid concern. But this evening, sure enough it is gel! The instructions say to cut it in half again with water, but I just plan to use an 1/8 cup instead of diluting it again. I actually do have an 1/8 cup measuring cup somewhere around here, just got to find it. I will let you know how it goes, but for less than $2.00 for 640 loads, you can't beat the price. You can find the recipe and all the Duggar's Favorite Recipes HERE.
I also found that Rosemary Essential Oil complimented the smell that the Fels-Naptha already had. Laundry day tomorrow!