Thursday, July 9, 2009

Homemade tide

So the amazing miss Teeter gave us this recipe for your own Laundry Detergent and I have been spreading the word, except that I ALWAYS forget to bring it with me to give the wonderfulness of the internet I thought I would post it and then it will never get lost and always be handy.(i have not tried it yet but miss teeter said that her clothes are so soft that most of the time she doesn't use fabric softener AND her children's eczema is gone now that she has been using this!) WOW!

Here is what you need- all purchasable at Winco (in Laundry Isle)...
1 bar of Soap (you can use whatever but Miss Teeter uses Fels-Naptha because it is made for treating laundry stains)
1 Cup Washing Soda- Arm and Hammer brand
1/2 Cup Borax (20-Mule team brand)
3 Gallons Water
5 Gallon Bucket

Step One:  use a regular cheese grater and grate your soap (then throw in the dishwasher and you have a very clean grater!) Next heat up 4 cups of water in a large sauce pan(it will become very volumous so use a huge pot) until it is almost boiling.  Add the grated soap and stir until it is dissolved, keeping below the boiling point.

Step Two: Put 3 Gallons of hot tap water into the 5 gallon bucket.  Then mix in the hot soapy water from step one.  Stir for 1 minute.  Add 1 Cup of washing soda and stir for another minute, then add 1/2 cup borax and stir for another minute.  Let the mixture sit overnight, uncovered.

That is it you are done.  You should have now a bucket of gelatinous slime that iis a paler shad of soap you used before.  You will need about 1/2 cup per load and this bucket should last for about 96 loads!!!  about $10 per year!!!!  Also Miss Teeter said that she bought all she would need for a year and put it all in a extra 5 gal bucket and set it in her food storage- great idea!

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