People that make homemade laundry soap, shampoo and deodorant.

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by ChickGirl6, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. ChickGirl6

    ChickGirl6 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2010
    EchoingAcres, MN
    Anyone make there own laundry soap, shampoo or deodorant? I would love to try some recipes and share some of mine.

    Powdered Laundry soap (have tried and love it)

    1 cup Kirks Castile
    1/2 cup Borax
    1/2 cup Washing Soda
    2-5 drops Essential Oil (what ever scent you like)

    Grind up the kirks and add essential oil, add the borax and washing soda and mix well. Use 1-2 tablespoons per load.

    Shampoo (I have not tried this yet)

    6oz Liquid Castile soap
    5 drops Tea Tree Oil
    1/2 teaspoon Sunflower Oil

    Mix well and put into a bottle. Use as normal shampoo.

    Deodorant (have not tried yet)

    1/4 cup Baking Soda
    1/4 cup Cornstarch
    10-20 drops Tea Tree Oil

    Mix well and store. Can be put on with a powder puff.
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I've used the laundry soap and am going back to it. I skip the essential oil and add a cup of Clorox II or the like, as it gets the clothes a little cleaner looking, or brighter, or something. Actually I've never used Kirk's castile, either. I use either Fels Naptha or Zote, bar form, and grate in a food processor.

    eta -- Oh, on the washing soda, that's Arm and Hammer, not available around here. The ingredient is sodium carbonate, which is also sold as a pool chemical, to increase pH. Found it at WalMart.
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  3. Gardengirl 2011

    Gardengirl 2011 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2011
    Central Florida
    I use 1C each of Arm and Hammer washing soda (hard to find), and borax with 1 bar of ivory bath soap ground up. I'll have to look for the sodium carbonate instead, it's probably cheaper too. The fels naptha is hard to find to so that's why the Ivory. I use it in the salon for the towels and color capes and I like the results. The only issue I have since I use cold water is that the large pieces of ivory don't melt.
  4. ChickGirl6

    ChickGirl6 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2010
    EchoingAcres, MN
    My walmart has the washing soda and the borax but not the kirks I had to go to coborns(local grocery store) to find it. I use the kirks instead of the fels naptha cus the fels naptha has a petroleum base.
  5. Circe

    Circe Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 2, 2011
    Griffin, GA
    I've been making my own for about 2 years now. My recipe:

    1 cup borax
    1 cup Oxyclean free
    1 cup grated Kirk's Castille Soap
    1 cup A/H washing soda

    It works on almost everything except cloth diapers.
  6. acid_chipmunk

    acid_chipmunk Polish Silkies d'Uccles O my!

    Mar 29, 2010
    Quote:Baking soda is not the same as washing soda.

    We only use homemade laundry detergent, as I am allergic to scents and dyes. I have found that the homemade stuff makes my clothes softer without having to use fabric softener.

    The recipe we use in on our website.

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