I've recently been having trouble with my laundry detergent rinsing completely during the wash cycle. So, I started researching how to make laundry detergent. It is REALLY SIMPLE:
Grate 1 Bar of Soap, add 1/2 C. Washing Soda (not baking soda, but you can easily turn baking soda into washing soda with your handy-dandy oven), and 1/2C. Mull Team Borax (not the toxic Borax, make sure it is MULE TEAM borax!). Mix well. Use 1 TB in HE machines and 2-3TB in regular machines.
It's low sudsing and rinses well.
The recommended Bar Soaps all contain ingredients I dont want to wash diapers with (Ivory), some even contain ingredients I dont want touching our clothes (Fels-Naptha).
Make my own Laundry Bar, grate it up and make my detergent!
Making the Laundry Bar!
But I'm still going to try it!
Thick bucket or glass container/jar
Stainless Steel Pot
Mold & saran wrap or wax paper
Stick Blender (or arm muscle endurance)
This is the recipe I'm going to use. It will make a small batch so I can see how it works. If it works well, I'll make a larger batch so I dont have to keep making it.
5 tsp Lye
1/2 C Water
1 C Lard
Orange 5 Fold (will have to look up how much to use)
I still need to gather all my ingredients and supplies... until then, I'll keep rinsing, and rinsing, and rinsing, and rinsing.....