Note of Caution – Update August 2013: I found out the hard way that some knits of less than wonderful quality do not respond well to the homemade soap. After finding a couple of knit shirts that looked like the losing side of a laser pointer war, I did some research and found that there are some fabrics (of the less that stellar quality – from both high end and low end retail stores) that do not stand up to the Borax in homemade laundry soap. I have decided to save this cost-cutting product for linens, towels, and other sturdy fabrics.
Hello from the laundry room. It’s time to get all of that dirt and grass stains out of the garden clothes. I confessed a while ago that I secretly love the scent of line-dried clothes and ironing. I also love the smell of laundry soaps from my childhood and none of the froo-froo scents today do the trick.
My Stampin’ Up friend Hope gave me the big, ole Puppy Eyes and asked for a batch of soap powder the next time I whipped it up. Wait till you see what happened when Fingers in the Dirt style Laundry Powder meets a stamped silver spoon.psst….Hope, quit reading now if you want to be surprised when you get home from work…
This 1/2 gallon canning jar with a plastic lid swapped out for the metal canning lid is perfect for two batches of soap.
I have my favorite combination of ingredients that I found online. There are many variations, but I like to keep it simple, then add extra stain removers only when necessary.
No need for fabric softeners unless you feel you need one. I add 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle every once in awhile and that gets any lingering soap residue out of the laundry.
On my birthday antique store scavenger hunt with my daughter, we picked up several soup spoons. These turned out to be the exact measurement (1 tablespoon) for a load in a High Efficiency washer; 2 scoops are perfect for a top-loading machine.
A little stamping action with Mr. Hensongs and we have the perfect laundry soap scoop!
Isn’t this cute and practical all rolled into one?!
Do you love the bee tile on our back splash as much as I do? It’s almost time for grout – I’ll post a picture of the completed project soon.
There’s plenty of room in the jar for the spoon and the instructions are on the back of the label. The canning jar is the perfect size for a laundry room shelf. Mission accomplished!