One thing that is a guarantee in our house is that I will never get caught up on laundry. I have momentarily before but then before I know it the kids each have to change clothes at least 3 times and fall in the mud or spill something somewhere. It is something that I have come to accept in life….some things just are not meant to be….and my bathroom free of dirty clothes is one of those things. At the end of the day the pile of laundry really does not upset me greatly. It’s actually one of those hidden smile moments. It’s a sign that my children have had a great day. Whether it be playing at school, fighting with each other in the yard or driveway, or just having a grand old-time painting half the table. I am happy that we have the yard that most kids would love to have. That they have more than enough messes that they can make. And that they are having a happy childhood. An example of a great laugh moment was just the other day the girls came in the house in a fit of giggles. My son on his way to feed the chickens went on his rear. Resulting in chicken feed flying everywhere and in everything – in his hair, coat, you name it not to mention it was on the muddiest day we have had yet. But even he had to laugh about it. It’s really about those small moments…….. And now that I have rambled on and on – this post is about the one thing I could not live without and that is Laundry detergent. Something that I quit buying a long time ago. How I got started making my own was that my oldest( by exactly 1 minute) has very sensitive skin. So the regular heavily scented detergents turn her into a horrible red itchy painful mess. So one day I happened to get a sample of this detergent and the recipe. And that was the end of buying it – it’s a great product that is non irritating to sensitive skin – and works great.
HOMEMADE LAUNDRY SOAP
- 1/3 Bar Fels Naptha ( bar soap) grated
- 1/2 cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
- 1/2 cup Borax powder
- Liquid measuring Cup
- Large pot
- 2 laundry detergent jugs or 2 large containers
Bring 4 cups water to boil. Add grated fels naptha and 6 cups water and cook until the soap melts. Add the washing soda and borax. Stir until this completely dissolves and bring to a boil. Remove from heat add 1 gallon plus 10 cups water and stir – pour into your containers and let sit for 24 hours. It will then gel – use 1/2 cup per load of laundry. Works great as a spot remover also – place on soiled spot and let set for a few hours – then wash as normal. The cost per load for this detergent is around 1 cent.
The items needed for this can be found at most major grocery stores. Wal-Mart does not carry all the needed items. Wegmans has all of them and the cost is under 10.00. And it must be Washing Soda – which can be found in the laundry isle. Fels Naptha is in the laundry isle and is a bar soap( see pic)