Monday, July 6, 2009

A Laundry Dilemma Solved

I have switched to making my own laundry detergent last month. I make it with borax, washing soda and bars of ivory soap. I grate 3 small bars of Ivory soap. I add 2 cups of borax and 2 cups of washing soda. I mix it all together and put it in quart canning jars. I then use 2-3 T per load. Nothing new. You can find recipes for laundry detergent all over the web.

My problem came when I had an oily stain and no liquid laundry detergent to pretreat with. Hmmm. If Dawn dish soap takes grease away from your dishes and hands, why not clothes? So, I wetted the area, put just a drop or two of Dawn on the stain, added just a bit more water and scrubbed the area together. I then washed as usual with the homemade detergent. It worked! I then tried it on other stains as they came up. It worked, even on ketchup! I was so pleased. I've since tried Joy and a store brand of dish soap. They worked, too. So, I have a new stain remover without a new item on my grocery list!!

God bless you in your homemaking,

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  1. Laura, Thanks for stopping by! Yes, it's fun to experiment with the bread recipes. Of course, sometimes I learn the hard way . . . .LOL

    Glad the homemade detergent works for you. I make my own cleaning solution and glass cleaner. Works great, and saves those greenbacks.

    You have some great looking kids. Nice to see kids who can smile these days. Liz

  2. Now if you could just solve the dilemna of getting through mountains of laundry during gardening/canning season.

  3. A little laundry lady I knew made a concoction of Dawn and baking soda, make a paste out of it. She would use it on table cloths from restarants, it got all the stains out, amazing stuff! Dawn is the best!

  4. Hmmm...very interesting! Thanks for sharing, Laura!

    Do you like this homemade laundry detergent recipe? I've been wanting to try one and just didn't know which one to you said there are so many!

    Have a great week!

  5. Hi Friend Tammy,

    It's so good to hear from you. Yes, I've been using this detergent for about a month now. So far, so good. It doesn't leave my clothes smelling perfumy; but, they smell clean. They also look clean. I use 2 T for a large load of regular laundry. I use 3 T for a large load of towels and/or jeans. I like this recipe much better than the one you cook. I don't like using gloppy liquids. That's the way mine seem to turn out.

    Thanks so much for asking!

    God bless you,

  6. Hi Friend Sue,
    That sounds like a great idea. I'll have to keep it in mind if I run into a stubborn stain.


  7. Thank you, Liz. Tammy, I don't think I ever get to the bottom of the piles. ~smile~

    There's always one more load.



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