Our family is going to go ahead and give the Duggar's homemade laundry detergent a try. We made this decision before reading their book (thanks again, Janet!) - we've just been waiting to use up some more of the storebought stuff (plus now, I have saved two of those HUGE laundry detergent containers to store the homemade liquid detergent in).
Anyways, the biggest drawback that I've read about (not all families experience this - I'm betting it has to do with what kind of water you have) is that after a while, their whites tend to look a bit "dingy". I like my bright whites, so I'm wondering if I can continue to use my Clorox Ultimate Care Bleach just for my white loads?
What do you think? Any experience with this liquid type of homemade detergent?? Did you continue to use bleach? How did you get your whites BRIGHT?! Or did you not have this particular problem?
And lastly, I need to find myself a better grinder. If you've watched the Duggar show where the girls are actually making the soap, they grind it up in this heavy-duty grinder that clamps onto their kitchen counter. My dh said it looked like an old meat-grinder. Maybe?! What do *you* use?? Any suggestions on where I can obtain a decent grinder?
P.S. Oh, here's the recipe for the liquid laundry detergent directly from their recipe page. Go to the Duggar's site if you want to try a different version (such as a powder kind) or a cost-effective fabric softner of sorts.
Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap
4 Cups hot tap water
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup Washing Soda
½ Cup Borax
- Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
-Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.
-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel)
-Optional: You can add 10-15 drops of essential oil per 2 gallons. Add once soap has cooled. Ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil.
-Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.
-Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)
-Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)