Saturday, August 3, 2013

Laundry with Fels-Naptha *Review & Giveaway

It is so easy to make your own laundry detergent. I prefer to keep mine in a solid form as it lasts longer and is easier for the kids to use. I much rather scoop out a couple TBSP of dry powder than to have to cook down my soap into a liquid form. 
I have seen numerous recipes online for homemade laundry soap, and once I tried this one I just kept with it. I feel it does a good job cleaning; the soaps all dissolve if I use hot water to start, and the clothing smells nice.
 Purex Fels-Naptha really makes the difference!

Celebrating 120 years of removing America's stains, Fels-Naptha has proven to be a fantastic laundry booster and stain remover. All this greatness in one small bar! Use it to treat oily stains, remove greasy stain, or use as a laundry soap.

Use it alone or combine it to make your own homemade laundry detergent. 
I was able to find all 3 ingredients between my local Walmart and Grocery stores.
Washing Soda
Fels Naptha

We use a cheese grater and shred up the Fels Naptha into small pieces. I typically give this job to my 10 year old and give him a little cash for his hard work! I mix all 7 bars of grated Fels Naptha, the entire box of Borax and the entire box of washing soda into a dishpan tub or 5 gallon bucket.

You only need 2 TBSP of detergent per load. I start the load with hot water and add the detergent to make sure it gets thoroughly mixed in and dissolved before adding clothes. I have seen recipes where they have decreased the fels naptha to 3 bars or less, I prefer to have more because I really like the smell and for only $1 a bar I think it is worth it. I have used my own homemade goat milk soap in this recipe as well when I had extra. We even one time made what we called pioneer soap with just tallow and water and oils and that worked out nicely. 

This will not be a bubbly wash. Detergent Companies add chemicals to increase the suds, when suds aren’t what clean. People associate bubbles with clean, though that is completely false. 

Why go to all this work to make your own laundry soap anyway?

1. It is very economical to make your own detergent. I wandered through the aisle at the grocery the other day and was amazed at the price of detergents!!
Total price is probably under $13 for the batch which will wash at least 100 loads.

2. Less toxins in your load. With only using 1-2 TBSP per load you are reducing the use of the ingredients by a significant amount, making less chemicals being used. 

3. Eco Friendly. Less non-essential chemicals. No extra fragrances, or dyes, or anything that laundry detergent companies add to sell their products. I would say that makes homemade laundry detergent much more ecofriendly.  Plus the ingredients all come in recyclable packaging!

4. Support USA! All of these ingredients are made in America!

Such a simple recipe, takes such a small amount of time and you will be set up with detergent for months!

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