Erin - posted on 05/15/2012 ( no moms have responded yet )
I'm sure a lot of you have noticed that it can be very hard to get body odor and grease out of our husband's clothes. I got told a laundry soap recipe by another wife who has used it on her husband's cammies after he's been out in the field for a week or so. She got it from another wife who's husband worked on engines so his were always full of grease. Since my husband is still deployed (less than a month until he comes home), I haven't had a chance to try it on his cammies yet. However, my son spent some time in the ocean recently and had a tshirt that I just couldn't get the "fishy" smell out of. This removed the smell! I thought I would pass it along on this site.
1 cup Borax
1 cup washing soda (different from baking soda)
1 bar Fels-Naptha soap
Grate bar of soap fine (I got a grater that I will just use for the soap although I am told that the soap washes off in the dishwasher). Mix soap, Borax, and washing soda well. Place in airtight container.
Use 2 tablespoons of mixture per load of laundry. This is safe for high efficiency washing machines as well.
I went ahead and broke down my costs for one recipe of this laundry soap.
1 cup Borax = $0.53
1 cup washing soda = $0.34
1 bar Fels-Naptha soap = $0.97
Total = $1.84 for one mixing of this soap. I will have to buy a new bar of Fel-Naptha when I need to mix more, but should have enough Borax for about 10 recipes and enough washing soda for 7 recipes. I placed mine in an ice cream pail (about a gallon size) and it filled it halfway. Since I only use 2 T per load one recipe will take care of a LOT of loads. I may stop buying regular laundry soap because this is so cost effective. It leaves a light, pleasant scent on the clothes, not overwhelming like most other detergents.
I hope someone enjoys this!