Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Cooler Weather

We've had a slight break in the weather, so I've been able to get a little mowing done and Al is doing some trimming of a very dried out Hydrangea bush.

I had heard about a recipe for making laundry soap.  A friend of mine tried it and thought it worked well.  The problem was, I couldn't find the 3 ingredients, until recently.  It's a LOT cheaper.  I'll let you know how it works.

Here is the recipe

Hot water
1 cup Washing Soda (Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda)  not  A & H detergent
1/2 cup Borax
1 Soap bar (Fels Naptha Soap)  It is found by the detergents. Can be used as a stain remover also.
  • Grate the bar soap and add to a large saucepan with hot water. Stir over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
  • Fill a 10 gallon pail half full of hot water. Add the melted soap, Borax and Washing soda, stir well until all powder is dissolved. Top the pail up with more hot water.
  • Use 1 cup per load, stirring soap before each use (will gel).
It will gel overnight.
It needs to be stirred before using.
You can pour it in an old detergent jug and use it from there.

There are some other recipes online, but this is the one I used.  I'm washing a load right now.


Happytrails said... [Reply to comment]

I certainly hope that cooler weather is heading our way!!!
I don't think it was as humid today but our temps still hit 102 heat index. I can't get outside to walk (exercise) or do much of anything. It just takes your breath away. Our campground has 2 people in it.
Let us know about that homemade laundry detergent. Sounds interesting. :-)

Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

Margie and Roger said... [Reply to comment]

You seem to have an addiction for soap these days, ha ha. Let us know how the clothes come out.

P.S. My Google ads look OK to me. Is it maybe not a good color combination rather than a small size. Yours look the same size as mine.

Karen and Al said... [Reply to comment]

The addiction to soap may be cuz I'm sweaty and stinky all the time in this humid hot weather. :)

Levonne said... [Reply to comment]

We're gearing up for cooler weather here in Central Coast California too.

-Nellie and Jonathan said... [Reply to comment]

At least with this soap, you can peek at it any old time you want! Can't wait to hear how it goes. Another blogger (FD5) makes his own too. He gave me the recipe, but it's so much easier to go to Walmart :)