Recipes from DIY Housecleaner Foxfire.

DIY your deodorant!

As requested by the masses, I am posting links to recipes used and distributed at our June Foxfire Friday on June 17, 2011.  Please feel free to contribute your own ideas!

  • Mike and Chelle’s Laundry Detergent
1 medium-sized pot
Large stirring spoon
4 cups of water
2/3 bar Ivory soap (grated)
1/2 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1/2 cup Borax
2 empty gallon jugs
On low heat, melt 2/3 of a bar of Ivory Soap (grated) in 4 cups of water. Stir often to help it along and to feel like you are doing something :o)
When completely melted, slowly pour in 1/2 cup of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda and 1/2 cup Borax. Stir slowly until the mixture dissolves.
***If your burner is too hot, the mixture will boil over. The safest approach to this is “low and slow.”
For the jugs:
Prior to pouring in the hot mixture, fill the jugs 1/3 full with water. This will allow you to pour the hot liquid in without melting the plastic jugs. Split the soap mixture equally between the jugs. Then, add water filling the jugs until  almost full allowing extra space for what my mom calls “shake room.”
Put the lid on, hold the lid down tight and shake, shake, shake until you just can’t shake no more! (The jug. Not you. But, I guess you could do that, too!)
Add a few glugs to your wash. Since the detergent is in liquid form, it is fine to wash your clothes in cold water.
  • Borax and Washing Soda can be found at Walmart in the laundry aisle.
  • Shake. Shake. Shake your detergent every chance you get. This will help it to not separate.
  • Do not ingest the Borax. This is written on everything I read about Borax, so I figured I’d add it here, too.
  • If you prefer not to use Ivory soap, I’ve read recipes that use “your favorite vegetable-based soap”. If you use this, and you like it (or don’t) please let me know.
  • This detergent will not keep you whites white. Soak them first in a mixture of water and 20% Hydrogen Peroxide; then wash as usual.
  • If you like fabric softener, add a slosh of vinegar at the rinse cycle. I don’t do this, but I heard it works and it does not smell.

Enjoy! :o)

And one other video recipe, made by the Urban Farming Guys – if you really want to make laundry detergent in bulk batches, here’s a 10-gallon, 20-cents/gallon recipe!


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