Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: Jules From Bles-id

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Jules From Bles-id

Hello lovelies. Today is pretty awesome because I am doing a blog swap with Jules, from Bles-id. I am over at her bloggy home Bles-id, sharing a yummy recipe. Hop on over and check it out, after you read Jules post:>

I am so excited for Jules to be joining us today. Jules is a good bloggy friend of mine. She blogs about her cute family and her cute craft projects. I always leave her blog feeling inspired.


Today Jules is sharing a homemade laundry detergent recipe, which I am excited about. I have tried to do this before, but have only failed. I am excited to try her recipe out. It looks pretty fantastic.

Blog Meet Jules

Ah, laundry.  The scourge of my existence.
Today I will show you a way to make it a lot more fun.  
I apologize, that was a total lie.  Slap my hand!  How about today I will show you a way to make laundry a lot cheaper?
There are awesome recipes out there for liquid laundry soap.  I read a ton of them, reviewed the comments after them, then cut and pasted ideas for something I think you are gonna love!  
It works, I guarantee it!
Gather your supplies, because it is time to make 

Here is what you need:
1 cup of Washing Soda 
1/2 - 1 cup of Borax
2 teaspoons essential oil
1 bar of soap
2 gallons water
{Note: If you don't like to use Borax due to toxicity issues, you can use 1 cup of regular baking soda instead.}  
This is the grated soap, I poured it out,
heated the water, then added it back in.
Start by grating the bar of soap. Simmer a gallon of water in a big pot and add the soap gradually as you stir to dissolve the shavings.
When things are dissolved, add the washing soda and borax (I used a full cup) and bring to a boil. Boil for few minutes, it may or may not thicken depending on the soap you used.  Take the pot off the heat and add a gallon of water and the essential oil.  I used lavender.  Give it a good stir and...
Your soap is done!  Simply pour into a bucket or container that is easy to scoop out of.  Using a funnel, I poured the mixture into two gallon milk jugs.  
HOWEVER, I really have to squeeze the jug to get it out!  Due to the gelatin nature, in MY washer it won't work where I usually add the liquid soap.  I have to glug it in on the clothes.  Glug is a technical term, and you will have to GLUG in about 1/2 a cup...
I'm not sure how much it cost to make 2 gallons.  I do not like math.  I can be certain that it's waaaaaay cheaper than buying 2 gallons of Tide!  If you want a cost breakdown of a similar recipe from someone that likes math, check out this site:  The Simple Dollar  The fact is, the soap works and smells great, saves me money and made my house smell really good while I was making it!  You can always give half to a friend ... that's what I did!
Remember:  Laundry today or naked tomorrow!

XOXO, Jules

1 comment:

  1. As the blessed recipient of the other half of Jules' laundry detergent, I'm thrilled to say it works so good. Like got-back-from-vacation-and-washed-sweaty-salty-clothes-into-soft-sweet-smelling-laundry type GOOD!



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