Airing My Dirty Laundry

It's Monday, so it must be laundry day.  That's when Momma did it and that's when I do it.  And you thought I was talking about some personal juicy gossip.....didn't you?  :)   Ha!  Nope, we are talking real dirty laundry, dirty clothes,  washables, white goods, soiled garments.  It looks something like this when hanging out in the fresh sunshine to dry.

vintage laundry signs I recently found from an old general store.  How cute for a laundry or mud room.  Available in The Vintage Nest shop.

And today I want to talk about how to clean that dirty laundry.  I know so many of you are using hand made detergents these days.  I have been doing it for a long long time now and love it.  It's gentle on the pocketbook, under 10 cents a load.  It's gentle on the environment and it's gentle on the family.  I have a very sensitive skin person that lives here.

I am so sorry, but I can't give credit to the original recipe I found on the internet.  I lost my paper and make mine by heart now.  There are many variations out there but this is the one I use. 

1/2-1 bar of grated Zote soap, 1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda  and 
1/2 cup Borax

I grate the bar of soap with this little handy dandy Smart Stick tool, making sure to chop the bar up into smaller pieces first.

There are several different kinds of soap you can use but my favorite is the Zote brand.  Why?.......because it's pink...  :) and it smells so good. :)  I whisk the grated soap, soda and borax together thoroughly.  Done...that's it!
(I find my Zotes at Big Lots and the other ingredients at Walmart)

You only need about 1 tablespoon per load or two if it's an extra tough load like your husband has been laying in the dirt trying to fix the lawn tractor in a white t-shirt!  I am on the lookout for an old silver sugar shuttle to use as a scoop.  Won't that be fancy and so much more fun that a plastic scoop.

Store in a pretty glass jar.  I found mine at a yard sale.  
Headed to another country auction in the morning.  Maybe I'll find something fabulous for my website and maybe even that sugar scoop. xoxo

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 Pink SaturdayJunkin' Joe Friday;  Shabbilicious Friday;
Friday Potpourri at Honey's Place, Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground; Home and Garden Thursday at Delightsome Life; White Wednesday at Faded Charm

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Blondie's Journal said...

I love those signs! You find the neatest things, Lynn! Thanks for the soap recipe, I have seen a few and with all the laundry I do, I should make some. I can't get over the smell of Tide and Downey though!!

I'm so sorry to say that the marigolds never made it through the long, hot, dry weather we had in Michigan. They came up but then dried out. I planted them in front of my vegetable garden. Sigh. Now we are having tons of rain...a little late for that! How did yours do?

Have a great time at the auction!


Blondie's Journal said...

Thanks for coming by, Lynn! I am so amazed at your generosity, you really trust me with more seeds??! On second thought, I should have planted them in a pot, here at home where I had more control over them. Then again, so little of my pots survived the heat and lack of rain this summer. Maybe next summer will be different. Please let me know if you still have my address. Thanks again! :)


NanaDiana said...

Love your signs, Lynn. They are great- I have been making soap very similar to yours for a long time. I add a couple of more things but it is the same basic recipe. I LOVE the Zote soap- it is what makes it for me! xo Diana

Unknown said...

Lynne, I am going to try the laundry detergent as my husband and I both have sensitive skin and allergies. Thanks for the recipe. BTW, I may have that silver sugar shuttle you are looking for. I will try to take a picture of it and get it listed on my website tomorrow.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh, those laundry pieces are great!! Make your own laundry soap, I should have known, how great. I'm just an environment wrecker, I buy mine!!! It seems so romantic in away to make your own!


vikki said...

I love using homemade laundry soap and I too love the Zote soap. So easy to make and like you said easy on the pocket book. Also smells so good. Love the vintage signs.

Lynn said...

I bow down to your farm girl-ness. You're so nice and GREEN!!! Me? I think I'll just stick to Tide. I know, lazy.

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

I love the red laundry signs hanging outside--so charming!

Geneva said...

I really like your laundry signs Lynn..how neat! I'll be sure and check out your shop. The detergent recipe is great as well.. I'll be sharing that with a couple of people I know. Thank you for stopping by My Hearts Song and leaving your sweet comment...it was much appreciated!

Honey at 2805 said...

Your "laundry" signs are so cute, and thanks for your soap recipe! I appreciate you sharing at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Those signs are so cool. I like your soap recipe too.

deborah@confessions of a craigslist junkie said...

What great signs! Thanks for your comment -- guess we're both having tree angst!

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Hello Hon,
Great post.My daughter makes her own laundry soap also.
I have a sliver medal scoop.You can have it if you like.It just lays in my cupard doing nothing. It says 5.oz on the handel and Thailand on the back.
Email me with your addy and I will send it.As a gift from me.
XXOO Marie Antionette

Unknown said...

LOve, love the vintage laundry signs, yes would be good decor for a laundry room
Thanks for sharing.

LV said...

Thanks for a most enjoyable post. All we ever used was an outside cloths line until I moved to the city. I still wish I could as they smell so fresh and clean.

Unknown said...

Wonderful! Thank you for the recipe... I've been wanting to try this but wasn't sure if it would adequately clean our laundry. I'll trust that it does and give it a try!

HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!
Mrs. Sarah Coller

Anonymous said...

Are you leaving the signs in the yard? They're cute.

I hear you can use Naptha - is that similar to Zote? I've heard about homemade soap and am thinking it might be well worth the trial - do you have a front loader? Wondering if you use less if you do cuz that's what I have.

That's not much soap to use - pretty impressive. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Happy Pink Saturday

Kathy said...

I love homemade soap too - I use Naphtha - when I run out I'll gry Zote - I'd prefer the pink color myself!
I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

Chubskulit Rose said...

Always a delight to see these gorgeous pink! Catching up with Pink Saturday.

Your comment is always a treat for me!
Have a blessed weekend.

Debra@CommonGround said...

these laundry signs are just so adorable!!

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Thanks for the laundry soap recipe Lynn. Thanks too for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful idea Lynn ~~
Homemade soaps are easy to make and great for those with allergies.
I love your vintage signs, you make laundry day fun!!!
Have a lovely week,
Hugs Rosemary...xo

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Featuring this post at Shabbilicious Friday today :)

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