A year ago (Feb. 22, 2016) I blogged about making homemade laundry detergent (powder). I wanted to give an update on how that is going.
It didn't last the 2 years like I was hoping, but in all fairness, I used double the amount it said too. The recipe called for 1 tbs. of detergent and I over heaped my 2 tbs. scoop. I didn't do this because 1 tbs wasn't getting the clothes clean, I was just in a hurry. (On the really heavy muddy loads I did double up to make sure the mud came out.)
When I ran out, I purchased some liquid stuff from the store and I had forgotten how much this stuff costs, the large amount I had to use for each load and how fast it went! So I decided to make another homemade batch. I had everything I needed to make a new batch except for the fact I was short 1 bar of soap. (The recipe is below. To see the directions, pics and the 'how to', go to my blog post dated Feb. 22, 2016.) So I asked my mom if she had a bar of Ivory soap. She didn't, but had a Zest bar. So I used the Zest bar with the 2 Ivory bars instead. It smelled amazing due to the Zest! However, I broke out! I was itchy and had a lot of irritation so I gave that batch to her and just made another one today with the 3 bars of Ivory. You may be able to use other soaps but for some reason I couldn't. I'm not usually one to break out over things. I've never had sensitive skin before.
1 box of Borax
1 box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
3 bars of Ivory soap
(Cost: approx. $12)
Anyway, I just wanted to update you on the laundry soap topic. Did anyone else try this? I know when I posted it on my FB page I had a lot of feedback on using this. Our local homeschool group did a demonstration on homemade products and this was a big hit.