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This week, I want to share a recipe with you and a couple of cute vintage child cups.....Now before you have to ask, No I don't collect child cups...I actually purchased these with a purpose in mind!! Mind blowing...right?!
.....that I don't have a collection of child cups laying around that is... I found two of these at a local flea market, and they work perfectly for the purpose I needed them for. Don't you just love the one with the little hearts and flowers? I really like the colors of the other one too. So sweet.
Now, this is a vintage Shenango china bowl too, it really feels like ironstone,I like it and it works well for a display dish.....and it is displaying some homemade laundry detergent.
I have seen several people in blog land making their own soap and thought I'd give it a try.
Here is the recipe:
1 cup grated Fels Naptha Soap
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup 20 mule team borax
I used an older food processor to grate the soap, add washing soda and borax. Mix and store in airtight container or bag. Use one tablespoon for light or small loads, use 2 tablespoons for normal or heavy loads. Cost per load .15.
For making a large batch, use 6 bars Fels Naptha Soap and then add 3 cups of washing soda and 3 cups of 20 mule team borax.
TIP: The above recipe will NOT make suds in your washer so do not be alarmed. Fels Naptha soap is a pure soap and typically makes little or no suds in the water. This makes it perfect for use in the new HE washers as well as traditional washers. You will also notice the need to either reduce your laundry softener or in most cases you can even eliminate the use of softener completely.
VERDICT: I made this this weekend, used it as well for laundry. Instructions were correct, not much suds, however, I like to hang my towels on the line to dry, and when I do that and do not use softener, they are stiff. This weekend, when I went to retrieve the towels from the line washed in this recipe, they were soft....I could really tell the difference, and the soap works just fine. Just wanted to share that with you guys.... I have read on-line you can use ZOTE or Ivory soap as well. I purchased the Fels Naptha on-line. I found the washing soda by Arm and Hammer at Central Market, you may have to look for that, I did have a hard time locating that product. Be sure to use WASHING SODA and not BAKING SODA....there is a difference in the products.
I am sure you could use a regular tablespoon, but because I like things vintage...I love this little child's cup for scooping the soap.... With the rising cost of everything these days, I was glad this soap worked well, I hope to save some money by not purchasing laundry detergent and eliminate the need for fabric softener too. That is a substantial savings at my house since my washing machine is always running.
Have a great weekend everyone!! I'll see ya' next week with more vintage goodies!!
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