A friend of mine recently got a new front loader wash machine - I had told her about my issues with front loaders - I love it but it would STINK up (which is really gross when you think about it - we are suppose to wash clothes in something that smells like a dead rat) until I started to make my own detergent and softener. After some research on how to get rid of that horrible smell, I found out that normal detergents, along with stagnant water under the rim, would actually enable mold to grow - therefore I would have rat smell.
I had tried to make my own detergent years ago, when the Duggars first had it on their show, to help save money...but at the time you couldn't buy washing soda in the town I live in...when I asked about it at Wal-Mart (we didn't have a Target or Publix at the time), I got blank stares - imagine that...So I used reg. baking soda and it was like water...but we still used it - and then I went back to normal detergent.
So I went to the store and low and behold, everything was there and it was all in the same section! Other people
I also make laundry booster - my hubbs is my the "construction" business. He has some days where he's in the office, but most days he's out in the field installing or building cabinets. So his clothes can be really dirty therefore his clothes needed a "boost" (yes, I know cheesy). Also if the kids had ice cream and their shirts ate more than they did...it works well for that too.
As far as the softener, I hang dry about 75% of the clothes I wash - I don't wash my hubbs clothes, he does his own - I know I'm a
Homemade Laundry Soap
1 1/2 c. Washing Soda
1 1/2 c. Borax
1 bar Fels Naptha - grated
1 - 1 gallon jug
1 - 5 gallon bucket (yup - it's going to make that much!)
Add soap to a large stock pot and fill 1/2 way with water. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and let the soap completely dissolve. Add soda and Borax. Let come back to boil and completely dissolve. Next fill the 5 gallon bucket about 1/4 of the way with tap water and slowly stir in soap mixture. Fill up the rest of the way with water. Let sit overnight.
I take the bucket out side (just in case
For HE washers,I use to the fill line, about 1/4 cup
For a top loader, about 1/2 c.
Homemade Fabric Softener
1 bottle of conditioner
6 cups of vinegar
20 drops of an essential oil - I use lavender, but I want to try tea tree
1 gallon jug
Mix the conditioner and about 4 cups of hot water together in jugs and shake till combined and the conditioner is dissolved. Add the vinegar and shake - then add more water, but leave enough more for you to be able to shake the jug. Add the essential oil.
I use this to the fill line in washer...remember I hang dry my clothes and I want them to be soft.
Homemade Laundry Booster
1 c. Borax
1 c. Washing Soda
1/2 c. Oxy Clean
Mix all these together and store in an airtight container. Add the powder right to the clothes, for both HE and top loaders.
For lightly soiled clothes, I use 1 tbsp
For heavily soiled clothes, I use 2 tbsp
On a side note : She got her front loaders and has now told me she loves to do laundry and is finding excuses to use them...I wish that bug would bite me again...