Thursday, May 19, 2011

Loads of fun

How many loads of laundry do you do a week? a day?

The cost of laundry detergent and fabric softeners is huge.  Or it was until I discovered an alternative

We have been using this recipe, along with white vinegar as the rinse aid and wool dryer balls in the dryer since sometime in late September / early October of last year. 

What we have noticed:

1.  The washer (a front loader) no longer has that funky smell.  The ingredients in the soap, combined with the vinegar help clean out the washer and keep it fresh smelling.  

2.  Our clothes are every bit as clean, if not cleaner!

3.  The clothes have a nice clean smell and no over perfumed scents.

4.  The combination of vinegar in the rinse and dryer balls in the dryer keeps everything soft and static free.

5.  Our towels are waaaaayyyy more absorbent...did you know you really are not supposed to use fabric softener on your towels as it builds up and keeps them from drying well.

6.  It seems that everything dries a little bit faster now, too.

There are loads of recipes to be found, but this is the one we like (it is powder form):

2 cups grated soap (1 regular sized bar...I was using Ivory until I started making my own soap bars)
1 cup washing soda...I use Arm and Hammer Washing Soda...DO NOT confuse it with baking soda!...
1 cup borax

Mix well and store in an airtight container.  Use 2 tablespoons per load.  Use white vinegar in the fabric softener compartment.

Wool Dryer balls are just that, wound up balls of 100% wool yarn that have been felted.  Here is one of the multitude of tutorials available on the web.

Gotta run now...laundry is done and it's not gonna fold itself.


  1. Thanks again, Dina! I'll be doing this once I run out of my store-bought laundry detergent.

  2. Thanks to my sis, I have been using homemade laundry detergent/vinegar and dryer balls (made by my dear sis) for a month or more. Love it! My washer also smells so much fresher, as do my clothes and towels.

  3. hey how about pest control.. got anything good for fleas (on kitties) and ants, flies, roaches, spiders, snakes.... I keep trying to post from my fone but it wont let me "post it" for some reason... =|

  4. Hmmm, not sure about the fleas, flies, roaches, spiders or snakes OH MY, but I do know that borax will get rid of ants.

  5. I am LOVING the new laundry soap! I've used it on two loads of towels, one load of kids' clothes and one load of my's GREAT! :) Thanks so much, Dina!



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