Smell me, Smell me. It's about the Laundry.

A year ago November, that adds up to 16 months ago, I started making homemade laundry detergent. I read about it through a heap of emails a bunch of homeschool moms were throwing around. It sounded very intriguing to me because I had come to this place in my laundry life where I was sick of using FAB and had issue with TIDE. So, I tried out Meyers and few other organic laundry soaps. None of them really excited me and as a matter of fact the amount of laundry going through the laundry room and in and out of my hands and on and off the table was mind boggling.

So, I set out to conquer the laundry soap fiasco. I dug around and discovered the Duggar Family recipe for laundry soap. It's listed on their webpage. Anywhoo, the exciting thing about it is that I can scent the laundry soap with my essential oils making it smell just as I please. The other huge and extremely exciting thing is that by using the homemade soap vice the store bought soap I'd be saving a $1000+ in a 5 year period. I was very skeptical of the soap at first because I'd always heard stories that it wouldn't work and my clothes would stink and yadda yadda yadda. Whatever. As a mom to numerous children I've discovered that it only takes a couple months for a kid to destroy a once beautifully perfect, crafted article of clothing. Clothes are made for a purpose. To cover ones body and to protect from the elements. Be it the cold, the heat, the wet, the sun, etc. My mission as a mom is to be sure the drawers are full of clean clothes.

What did I have to lose? I gave it a go and the laundry soap has been working like a charm and we are all wearing very clean clothes. I have noticed that the only fabric that tends to have difficulty smelling right would be those polyester character pajamas that children wear to bed. Everything else is fine. Our clothes are clean and smell great. I've been very pleased with the soap; the labor involved is small and worth the savings and the feeling of having made it myself. I do pre-treat stains with resolve, but I always did that.

I also have been encouraged that our soap is effective even in the awful water we have at our home. We frequently have bouts of light brown water. We are on a well and there are times the water is tinged. It's normal for well users in these parts from what I've been told due to the bright red, clay-like dirt underneath us. The laundry soap is effective even still and this makes me quite pleased. If you're interested in the recipe it will be linked below. Much love and happy soaping!

Duggar Family Liquid Laundry Soap

So, I was just over at the Duggar website and they have recipes for fabric softener. I'm so excited! More savings in our pocket.


Tiffany said...

I make this same recipe! We like it but I do notice that spot treating is a must. Also, the Fels-Naptha soap bar works much better than Dial or any other listed alternatives.
So glad it's working for y'all, what fun!

john.reynolds1@mac.com said...

When Mom gets back from Redding i will have her look at it and consider it, my clothes seemed not to smell pleasant probably something to do with age of of the person wearing them.

Appollo Schloss said...

I'm intrigued.

dirtandrib said...

My clean clothes are proof, too, that this soap works! Very easy to prepare.