Friday, February 4, 2011

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Open the lid on this vintage breadbox and what do you find? Homemade laundry detergent. I got the recipe from a blog I follow - The Beehive Cottage. Go over and visit Maryjane sometime, she would love to hear from you.

It is easy to make with a few simple ingredients and does a wonderful job on the laundry. Couldn't wait to use it after all my work. We also use white vinegar instead of fabric softener and NO it does not make your clothes smell like vinegar.

These are the ingredients I used
1 1/3 bars Pink Zote Soap
4 lb. box of Borax
4 lbs. of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
4 lbs. of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda

Grate the Pink Zote Soap and mix together with the other ingredients in a large container. Store in something that is air tight. This will make enough detergent to do about 150 loads because you only use 2 Tbs. per load so it only cost about 8 1/2 cents. The laundry will smell almost like it has been hung out on a line to dry.

This is one of the signs hanging in my laundry room.

Have a blessed day until next time.


  1. Hi Jo,
    I love your blog name, makes me smile. Thank you for visiting my blog and following me. I am now following you too. I have never, ever, seen a recipe for homemade laundry soap but it sure is interesting. Only problem may be our very hard water here, I do a lot of cold water washing and the powder does not work nearly as well as liquid with our hard water, I guess. What is the pink soap? Never seen that or even heard of it. Welcome back to blogging after a time. I left too for a few months, came back to a new blog name and am now retired. Life is darn good, I must say. So happy you found me thru Debbie's blog. She is a sweetie to the max, isn't she? Blessings!

  2. I am in love with your vintage bread box or is it a picnic basket??? What ever it is I LOVE it !


  3. Wow..what a neat recipe! I may have to try it myself.
    I love your blog and miss you very much. I think you're an excellent blogger.
    Now.. I can wait to see the veggies you'll be growing in the summer.

    I hope we can get together soon and do some crafting maybe.

    Take care,

  4. Hi sweet Jo!!! What a beautiful way to store your home made detergent!! This might even make me WANT to do laundry.....nah, not a chance. Wishing you a wonderful weekend, hugs and love, Dawn