On Jul 19, 1:55*pm, Ran e at Arabian Knits <arabiankn...@gmail.com>
> * *Not food, but still recipes, so somewhat OT?
> * *Anyway. *
> * *Laundry Detergent:
> * *1 bar Castile soap (I use Dr. Bronner's baby unscented, but any kind
> will work), grated
> * *1 cup washing soda
> * *1 cup borax powder
> * *5 gallon bucket
> * *Put 12 cups water in a large pot and heat with the grated soap until
> the soap melts. Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is
> dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 8 cups hot water into the bucket.
> Now add your soap mixture and stir. Now add 2 gallons plus 12 cups of
> water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel.
> * *I use about 1/3 cup per load. *1/2 cup if it is a heavily soiled
> load. *It costs me about a penny a load or less.
> * *The finished soap will not be a solid gel. It will be more of a
> watery gel that has been accurately described as an "egg noodle soup"
> * *The soap is a low sudsing soap. It works just fine in our HE machine.
> * *Stain Treater:
> * *1/4 cup liquid dish detergent
> * *1/4 cup glycerin
> * *1 cups water
> * *Pour all into a squirt or spray bottle. *I used an old spray andwash
> * *Fabric Softener:
> * *2 cups baking soda
> * *2 cups white vinegar
> * *4 cups hot water
> * *1/4 cup glycerin
> * *40 drops essential oil (I use half lemon and half orange, because I
> like citrus scents and because they are just about the cheapest
> essential oils you can get, but this is completely optional)
> Mix the baking soda and vinegar in a bottle (maybe your old fabric
> softener bottle). When it stops fizzing, add the hot water and glycerin
> and mix well. Stir in the essential oil, if you wish to use it.
> * *Add about a 1/4 cup to the rinse cycle in your washing machine, and
> you have nice soft clothes that still can absorb water (so you can use
> it on your towels) and it won't cause problems in your dryer.
> * *You'll have to shake it up before you use it, to make sure everything
> is mixed well.
> One of the places I read mentioned that you can cut up old wash cloths
> and soak them in some of your fabric softener, wring them out and dry
> them and use as you would dryer sheets. I haven't tried that yet.
> * *And a two bonus recipes:
> * *Strong Glass Cleaner Recipe
> * *Mix in a sprayer bottle:
> * *2 cups rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
> * *2 cups water
> * *2 tablespoons clear, non-sudsing ammonia
> * *Disinfecting Scourer Cleanser
> * *4 parts baking soda
> * *1 part borax
> * *Store in a shaker container.
> Ranee @ Arabian Knits
> "She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands." Prov 31:13
What...are you living in the 1800's?