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Fort Benning, GA, United States
I'm an army wife, working mom of 2 kids, and a dancer for fun! My husband Tim works the at the combatives school here on fort benning. I work for MWR at Outdoor Recreation as their admin assistant...I absolutely LOVE my job I couldn't have found anything better! My daughter, Kennedie, was born in January of 04 and our son, Cale, was born June of 09 - that's right they are 5 and a half years apart! Kennedie is VERY involved in dancing. Cale is well on his way to become a fighter - daddy is already working on his punching and kicking techniques! This blog started out as a recipe sharing venture but now it's going to turn into a more "granola" way to live. Cheap recipes more homemade recipes and repurposing things. I'm a crafter at heart so i'm going to throw some of that in their too!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Homemade laundry detergent!!

Here is my recipe for laundry detergent.  I dont have enough time OR patience to make the gel/liquid kind.  You only need 2 tbls for each load.  Hopefully it helps you guys out!

So before I got my dehydrater I would cut up my soap and "dry" it on a paper towel for about 3 weeks.  But with this method you can dry out your soap in about a day and a half.

 Ingredients:
3 bars of ivory soap
1 1/2 cup borax
1 1/2 cup baking soda
1 1/2 cup super washing soda
(tide stain booster is how ever much you want - I use about half a container.  You do not have to add this I just got these for free with coupons, and don't have any other use for them so I add them to my detergent.)

If you want to make a bigger or smaller batch it's basically 1/2 cup each baking soda, super washing soda, and borax, per each bar of soap.


 Here is how you know that your soap isn't completely dry. 
 It balls up when you process it. If you don't have a processor you can use a ziploc bag and rolling pin to make it into the powder)


 it SHOULD look like a fine powder when it's dry - like the below picture.
 Now dump all your soap into your container and mix it up!  Here is my bucket - I repurposed a popcorn bucket we got about 2 years ago from a disney on ice event.  This has lasted me for the 2 years I have been making the laundry detergent.  I also labeled it so when we had visitors that were doing laundry without us being home they would know how much to use.  Also for my husband as well! :)


2 comments:

  1. Is the soap not usually dry? Thanks for sharing. I have a recipe that my sister in law gave me for the liquid. So much cheaper than buying.

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    1. i am so sorry! i never got a notification that there was a reply! no the dove soap i use (just the normal plain jane origianl (which is what you should use for this!)) it's very moist - if you try to make it a powder it won't happen. you must let it dry!

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