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Laundry Soap?
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Doc    Posted 12-16-2003 at 16:50:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Anyone got an easy recipe for homemade laundry soap? I'm tired of paying $5.00 for 16oz. or whatever.

Dave Munson Mid Illinois    Posted 12-16-2003 at 17:55:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Recipes courtesy of The Dollar Stretcher(

One of the great things about being an e-mail list owner is the wonderful letters and recipes I receive from subscribers each day. The following recipe is for laundry detergent. You can do this for less than $1 per batch! This recipe was sent to me by Marisa Gonzalez, who found this recipe in the book "Cheaper and Better: Homemade Alternatives" by Nancy Birnes. This book is out of print at this time, but I do have information on the Real Food for Real People website about how you may still obtain a copy.
I suggest that you store this mixture in a plastic bucket or other heavier plastic or glass container that has already been used to store a cleaning product. Recycled plastic milk jugs are NOT a good container to use for this one, as they deteriorate after a few weeks, and you will be left with a very sticky mess. The recipe calls for soap flakes, which are nearly impossible to find in a grocery store these days, but you can use a food grater with a bar of pure soap (such as Ivory) and get the same results. Enjoy!

Laundry Detergent: Basic Mix
1 cup soap flakes
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup borax

Laundry Detergent: Soft Water Mix
1 cup soap flakes
1/4 cup washing soda
1/2 cup borax

Laundry Detergent: Hard Water Mix
1 cup soap flakes
1 cup washing soda
1 cup borax

Liquid Laundry Detergent
1 cup of any of the above mixes
2 tablespoons glycerin
2 cups warm water
Mix ingredients and store in a sealed, labeled canister in the laundry room.

To use, measure 1/2 - 3/4 cup of the mix and wash your clothing in warm or cold water. Use cold water for the rinse cycle.

Yield: 12 ounces

Lots of ways to save and stories (laundry)

Let us know if it works

deadcarp    Posted 12-16-2003 at 17:40:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
well you can gather some fat (cocconut oil makes more suds) render it, cook it with lye and set it up, then shave up the resulting bars into flakes.
or do like the navy, tie the dirty stuff together and drag it behind the ship and let the salt water clean it.
or you can get 5-gallon buckets of laundry soap for about $12 at most fleet supplys. :)

TB    Posted 12-16-2003 at 17:36:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
The best I can do is this referance site that I have saved. Hope it helps

toolman    Posted 12-16-2003 at 17:08:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
last time i told anybody anything about laundry he was mad at me for a long time. told him to fill his pockets full of soap powder and hang his clothes out on the line in the rain,then leave them there till the sun came out to dry everything, was he ever mad when he tried to get caked soap powder out of all his pockets.

rhouston    Posted 12-17-2003 at 09:38:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
he just didn't leave them in the rinse cycle long enough.

toolman    Posted 12-17-2003 at 15:21:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
maybe but i didn,t stick around too long , he wasn,t in the best of moods, and never did belive me about the laundrmat story that started it all in the first place lol.

Doc    Posted 12-16-2003 at 18:42:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the recipes and tips....... especially yours toolman. I'll think of it anytime you give me advice.... lol

Thanks everyone.

toolman    Posted 12-16-2003 at 21:28:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
glad to be of help doc anytime lol.later

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