Thursday, May 3, 2012

I'm So Martha

Hello, Dear Ones.
I decided I would try to make my own laundry detergent.
Therefore...I'm so Martha.
Well, except I haven't done anything, that I know of, worthy of prison time, don't have a TV show and people don't seem to shake and tremble in my presence! :)

I looked at quite a few Pinterest directions on this, combined some of them 
and this is what I came up with.

On with the's what you need.

Don't get this confused with your regular baking soda - this is washing soda.
SUPER washing soda. 
I found it and all my other ingredients at Kroger.

Good ole 20 Mule Team Borax. 
I remember commercials about this laundry additive when I was a little girl.
Notice it says 'mules' not horses and you know how stubborn mules are supposed to be.

Well, I told a tiny fib, I got the soap I used at The Dollar Store.
Other soaps can be used but this is a naturally made soap and has a dainty lavender smell.
Lots of the directions recommended using a soap called Castile - petroleum free.
I'd never heard of it.
You can also use a glycerin, coconut based or olive oil based soap.
I remember as a teenager this Yardley English Lavender soap was such a treat 
and more expensive then others. 
Now it's at the dollar stores! :)

Here's how I made my homemade laundry detergent:

2 cups Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
2 cups Borax
2 bars of Yardley English Lavender Soap


Yep, your most gorgeous peepers are gazing at a very olden blender here
and that's the reason I'm using it to chop up my soap.
Most directions said to grate your soap.
I am not fond of scrapping my most dainty tiny knuckles, if you know what I mean. :)
Too much trouble so I just used my olden blender and it worked great! 

See? It's so pretty and smells so nice.

I grabbed my glass jar from WalMart, 
poured in my soap and other ingredients and stirred it up. 
Took about 15 minutes to make.

I could have doubled the recipe and it would have filled up my jar.

I used the scoop from my last laundry box and marked 1/4 and 3/4 cup areas.
Always add your detergent first and let it all dissolve before adding your clothes.
You can also add a little white vinegar to your wash instead of fabric softener.

I'm just so Martha, don't you think?
Oh, I've been using my homemade detergent for about two months and it does a wonderful job!
Now it doesn't suds up but it cleans very well.
I do miss my suds a bit but I'm getting over it.

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Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush

Here we go 'round the mulberry bush,
The mulberry bush, the mulberry bush.
Here we go 'round the mulberry bush,
So early in the morning.
This is the way we wash our clothes,
We wash our clothes, we wash our clothes.
This is the way we wash our clothes,
So early Monday morning.
This is the way we iron our clothes,
We iron our clothes, we iron our clothes.
This is the way we iron our clothes,
So early Tuesday morning.
This is the way we scrub the floor,
We scrub the floor, we scrub the floor.
This is the way we scrub the floor,
So early Wednesday morning.
This is the way we mend our clothes,
We mend our clothes, we mend our clothes.
This is the way we mend our clothes,
So early Thursday morning.
This is the way we sweep the house,
We sweep the house, we sweep the house.
This is the way we sweep the house,
So early Friday morning.
This is the way we bake our bread,
We bake our bread, we bake our bread.
This is the way we bake our bread,
So early Saturday morning.
This is the way we go to church,
We go to church, we go to church.
This is the way we go to church,
So early Sunday morning.
~ sung by Me :)


  1. Wonderful, Shelia! I can imagine the sweet smell....Christine

  2. Move over Martha, Miss Shelia is the new gal in town!! My oldest used borax for her science project back in March and I finished up the box doing laundry. It gave the regular detergent a nice boost!

  3. I remember Yardley soap being a luxury way back when. I bet it smells divine on this soap. I've always wanted to try making my own...thanks for the directions and inspiration!


  4. I made this last year and used both boxes and a large bar of Zote soap, you can also use Fels Naptha or Castile. It works very well, is "green" and saves alotta money!!!

  5. Hi Shelia!

    Or should I say "Martha"?!

    I wanted to make this too but not sure if it works in those newfangled HE front loaders. Do you just use less soap???

    I too remember the "luxury" of getting a bar of Yardley soap, and when I saw it at the dollar store I almost bought some, but nowadays I just use liquid soap. Maybe I'll get some to tuck away in my drawers.

    xoxo Bunny Jean

  6. I'm going to try this. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Hi darling, you always make me giggle. I'm sorry you're missing the suds, this looks great! Didn't know the Dollar store carried fabulous soaps, going to have to check it out.. hugs ~lynne~

  8. I am planning on starting to make my own laundry detergent once we get settled in Colorado. I think I will make mine with yardley lavender as well...because I love the smell. :D


  9. Sheila, have been using homemade soap too, but did not think of the Yardley Lavendar, I used Fels Naptha. Will try that next time for sure!! It must smell heavenly!!

  10. Everyone is making detergent. I am going to have to copy y'all.

  11. I have done this before Shelia, but didn't think to use Yardley! Great idea! As much as detergent costs now, I told my husband I was going to make it again!!

    Copying your recipe!

    Lou Cinda :)

  12. I grated the soap when I did it....not fun!

    Your most dainty wonderful brain improved on my way a bunch~! lol

    Lou Cinda

  13. I bet it smells good - with the Lavender Soap.

    I made my own too - and used it for several months and had to stop using it, cuz something in it wasn't liked by my skin!! :(

    I still use it on Mr.'s laundry!

  14. One of these days I plan on making soap too! Thanks for sharing your recipe and tutorial.

  15. I bet it does smell heavenly. I do remember the wonderful smell of that Lavender soap.

    I'm olden too!!! I can so remember the twenty mule team Borax commercials.

    Have yourself a bountiful blessed day sweetie!!! :o)

  16. Shelia, I love the lavender soap, too. If you locate it in the liquid form, please share where. Someone told me that Dollar Tree had it years ago. Like you..I find only bars. Thanks for the info.

  17. This looks great and easy. I have wondered if it really cleaned well and it's nice to hear from a friend that it does! hugs, Linda

  18. I've been making my own laundry soap for 3 years now and it saves $$ and the clothes. I use the Fel-Naptha soap. I was also very surprised at how dirty the water was...
    Haven't thought about using Yardley's soap...

  19. Hello Martha....uh, I mean Shelia...Love this idea. I think I'll give it a try.


  20. How very Martha !! :))
    You are sooo smart.

  21. Sheila, You're a heck of woman. This may be just a little too Martha for me. I don't have the energy to go through all that when I just buy it at Publix (grocery store here). I love the whole idea but I've got too many other projects to do to keep up with my darn blog.


  22. Knights Castile is a very English soap since 1919.

    I couldn't be bothered to make my own washing liquid/ soap I always buy them when they are on offer.

    Love from the UK, Jackie.

  23. Looks fun, so I will need to try this, when my life calms down. Looks like a great idea, though.

  24. Shelia I have been making this soap for years. I ran out several weeks ago and have had a time finding Borax for some reason!! Went to the big city (Pueblo) and still not any. I think Kroger and King Soupers is the same family so will try them next time we go.

    Would love to try the lavender but I am so sensitive to fragrance- and chemicals which is one of the reasons I started making my own soap.

    bee blessed

  25. Wow, Miss Shelia, you are so creative and clever! Martha who? Now, it's our one and only Shelia!

  26. Hi Shelia, I am going to try this. I too buy Lavender bar soap at the dollar store. I LOVE it so much. Like you, I used to buy it when it was so expensive. I'm thrilled I can get it so much cheaper.

    I am going to make soap and I do have my olden blender in the garage. How dirty do we olden folks get anyway. HA!

    It will be later in June Shelia. YAY!!!We head for Houston on June 12th. We will be there 5 days. I know we can find time to meet. I so want to meet you too. We will let you know when we arrive. I still have your phone number.

    Happy weekend.
    Love, Jeanne

  27. Shelia,
    Oh,' I mean Shelia...this looks simply divine, dear friend! I, too, remember those 20 Mule Team Borax commercials featuring a past President!!! Now, I'm telling my age, indeed! Enjoy your homemde detergent! I know you're going to come out smelling heavenly!

  28. Ok Sheila, you have inspired me to make my own washing detergent also. Thanks, it's something I had thought about for awhile but you gave me that extra push. Hugs...Lu

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  30. Well, I am IMPRESSED.......
    but Shelia
    have you heard of Costco (tee,hee)

  31. I'll have to try the Yardley's next time I make my soap, Shelia. I know that some people add essential oils, but this seems easier in order to get the scent. Good idea. :-) Sue


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