Wednesday, February 18, 2009

This & That Junk Drawer Wednesday!!


Spent the day at the doctor's office....Had blood work and x-rays done, more meds prescribed and still feel lousy...My head is killing me....Well maybe in a few days it will get better....

Here are some recipes to save you money plus save the environment



Home Made Laundry Softener and Stain Remover:

You can save lots of money using these homemade softeners, I know I do!
I didn't "invent" these recipes, they were passed along to me. I have used them with much success, so I want to share them with you...

LAUNDRY SOFTENER
Recipe #1
2 Cups White Vinegar
2 Cups Baking Soda
4 Cups Water

Combine slowly and carefully over sink. The baking soda and vinegar will fizz.
Pour into plastic bottle, cover, and shake.
*Hint - Reuse your "Downy" bottle.
Use 1/4 cup in the final rinse or in a "Downy Ball".

Recipe #2
2-3 Cups Water
1 Cup Liquid Fabric Softener
Large Sponge
Combine water and liquid softener. Cut sponge in 1/2 and keep in liquid. When drying clothes, remove sponge, squeeze out excess liquid and place in dryer with clothes. When dry, just place sponge back in liquid to be used for next load.

You can also use these products alone to soften:
Plain White Vinegar - Add 1/2 cup to final rinse.
Baking Soda - Add 1/4 cup to final rinse
Regular Fabric Softener - Dilute and use normally.

Hair Conditioner or Cream Rinse - Pour 1 tablespoon into damp washcloth and toss in with clothes.


STAIN REMOVER

Recipe #1
1/2 Cup Ammonia
1/2 Cup White Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Liquid Laundry Detergent (Use Homemade)
2 Quarts Water
Mix well, and store in spray bottle.
*Hint - Reuse your "Spray and Wash" bottle.

Recipe #2
1/2 Cup Ammonia
1/2 Cup Liquid Laundry Detergent (Use Homemade)
1/2 Cup White Vinegar
1/2 Cup Water
Mix well, and store in spray bottle.
*Hint - Reuse your "Spray and Wash" bottle.

Recipe #3
1/4 Cup Borax or Washing Soda
2 Cups Cold Water
Sponge on and let dry, or soak the fabric in Borax mixture before washing in soap and cold water.
Recipe #4

For Heavily Stained Clothing

NOTE: This is for use with white cotton, nylon and polyester only.
1/2 Cup Liquid Laundry Detergent (Use Homemade)
1/2 Cup Electric Dishwasher Detergent
1/2 Cup Non-Chlorinated Bleach or Ammonia, Not Both.
Soak clothes in washing machine overnight or until stains disappear. Launder as usual. You can also use these products alone to remove stains:
Plain White Vinegar
Hydrogen Peroxide
Fels Naptha
Castile Soap


HOMEMADE LAUNDRY DETERGENT:

Save hundreds of dollars per year using these recipes!
I didn't "invent" these recipes, they were passed along to me. I have used them with much success, and have saved tons of money, so I want to share them with you...
Included are 3 liquid recipes, a powdered recipe, tips, and instructions about where to find ingredients.

Liquid Laundry Detergents:

Recipe #1
3 Pints Water
1/3 Bar Fels Naptha Soap, Grated
1/2 Cup Washing Soda
1/2 Cup Borax
2 Gallon Bucket
1 Quart Hot Water

Mix Fels Naptha soap in a saucepan with 3 pints of water, and heat on low until dissolved. Stir in Washing Soda and Borax. Stir until thickened, and remove from heat. Add 1 Quart Hot Water to 2 Gallon Bucket. Add soap mixture, and mix well. Fill bucket with hot water, and mix well. Set aside for 24 hours, or until mixture thickens. Use 1/2 cup of mixture per load.

Recipe #2
1 Cup Grated Fels Naptha Soap
1/2 Cup Washing Soda
1/2 Cup Borax
2 Tablespoons Glycerin
2 Gallons Water (NOTE: This recipe originally called for 2 Cups Water)
Mix all three ingredients together. Add glycerin and water.
Use 1/2 - 3/4 cup per load. Best when used with cold or warm water.

Recipe #3
1 Bar Fels Naptha Soap, Grated
5 Gallon Bucket
1 Cup Washing Soda
4 1/2 Gallons Water

Place grated soap in a small saucepan and cover with water. Heat on low until dissolved. Fill bucket with hot water, and add soap. Stir to combine. Add 1 cup washing soda and mix well. As it cools it will thicken. May be used immediately. Use 1-2 cups per load.

Powdered Laundry Detergent:

1 Cup Grated Fels Naptha Soap
1/2 Cup Washing Soda
1/2 Cup Borax
For light load, use 1 tablespoon.
For heavy or heavily soiled load, use 2 tablespoons.

TIPS

Liquid detergent can also be used as a pretreater for stains.
Ivory Soap, Deodorant Soap, and Beauty Bars can be substituted for the Fels Naptha Soap.
Essential Oils can be added to soap for fragrance.


5 comments:

Debbies Doodle said...

Wowo you amaze me!!! Feeling sick and still post such interesting useful post...
I hope you get better.. Please take care of your self..
Deb

Pam said...

Hope you start feeling better Sue. I'm under the weather too. Coughing and feeling lousy.

hugs pam

Sugar Bush Primitives said...

Sue I hope you feel better!
Thank yo for the great soap recipes. I make liquid soap, but also like to make the powdered.

Hugs,
Mary

~Tonya said...

I hope you feel better Sue. Your post is very helpful and useful. Thank you for posting it.

I will have to try those tips!

Feel better, Sue.
Hugs,
~Tonya

mornings322 said...

Feel better soon. Love the homemade recipes for laundry. Will definitely try them. Take care.

Kathy