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Author:  GT Admin [ Sun Oct 11, 2009 1:50 pm ]
Post subject:  LAUNDRY W/O ELECTRIC ... rwash.html
This is the "Wonder Wash" manual hand crank clothes washer. ... Dryer.html
Here is a Mini Spin Dryer, but it is electric, only pulls 82 watts for 2-3 minutes,
So you could use it with a deep cycle battery and inverter.

Author:  GT Admin [ Sun Oct 11, 2009 1:51 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: LAUNDRY W/O ELECTRIC

10 Homemade Laundry Soap Detergent Recipes

Here is a nice stack of different homemade laundry detergent recipes I’ve collected over the years. Do they work? Yes, I’ve had good luck with them.

At the time I was using homemade detergent, we had a relative who was in trade school living with us. Every day he was mechanic grease from head to toe–the clothes cleaned up nice!

Making your own laundry detergent is a discipline and it’s not for everyone, but it definitely saves money–sometimes just costing pennies a load!

First Some Tips:

For the bar soaps required in the recipes, you could try Fels-Naptha, Ivory soap, Sunlight bar soap, Kirk’s Hardwater Castile, and Zote. Don’t use heavily perfumed soaps.
Washing Soda and Borax can normally be found in the laundry and cleaning aisles.
Some people with really hard water or well water may have to adjust the recipes if the clothes look dingy.

Although several of the recipes have the same ingredients, the measurements are different–some contain a higher soap to water ratio. Test and see which works best for your laundry needs.

You can make huge pails of this at once, or smaller quantities. Also if you can get your hands on a few empty liquid laundry detergent bottles they work great for storing the detergent. Just make a big batch and pour in bottles, cap then use as needed–shake before use.

Some of the recipes call for large amounts of water. Check with a local restaurant to see if they have any empty large pails from deep fryer oil–that’s how many restaurants buy the oil. See if you can have one or two of the pails after they’ve emptied it–just wash them out really well before using. They’re big, heavy plastic and very sturdy when stirring the soap and hot water.

10 Homemade Laundry Soap Detergent Recipes
Recipe #1

1 quart Water (boiling)
2 cups Bar soap (grated)
2 cups Borax
2 cups Washing Soda

Add finely grated bar soap to the boiling water and stir until soap is melted. You can keep on low heat until soap is melted.
Pour the soap water into a large, clean pail and add the Borax and Washing Soda. Stir well until all is dissolved.
Add 2 gallons of water, stir until well mixed.
Cover pail and use 1/4 cup for each load of laundry. Stir the soap each time you use it (will gel).

Recipe #2

Hot water
1 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Borax
1 Soap bar

Grate the bar soap and add to a large saucepan with hot water. Stir over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
Fill a 10 gallon pail half full of hot water. Add the melted soap, Borax and Washing soda, stir well until all powder is dissolved. Top the pail up with more hot water.
Use 1 cup per load, stirring soap before each use (will gel).

Recipe #3

Hot water
1/2 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Borax
1/3 bar Soap (grated)

In a large pot, heat 3 pints of water. Add the grated bar soap and stir until melted. Then add the washing soda and borax. Stir until powder is dissolved, then remove from heat.
In a 2 gallon clean pail, pour 1 quart of hot water and add the heated soap mixture. Top pail with cold water and stir well.
Use 1/2 cup per load, stirring soap before each use (will gel).

Powdered Laundry Detergent - Recipe #4

2 cups Fels Naptha Soap (finely grated - you could also try the other bar soaps listed at the top)
1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup Borax

Mix well and store in an airtight plastic container.
Use 2 tablespoons per full load.

Recipe #5

Hot water
1 bar (4.5 oz) Ivory Soap - grated
1 cup Washing Soda

In a large saucepan add grated soap and enough hot water to cover. Heat over medium-low heat and stir until soap is melted.
Fill a large pail with 2.5 gallons of hot water, add hot soap mixture. Stir until well mixed.
Then add the washing soda, again stirring until well mixed.
Set aside to cool.
Use 1/2 cup per full load, stirring well before each use (will gel)

Recipe #6

2.5 gallons Water (hot)
1 Bar soap (grated)
3/4 cup Washing Soda
3/4 cup Borax
2 TBS Glycerin

Melt bar soap over medium-low heat topped with water, stir until soap is melted.
In a large pail, pour 2.5 gallons of hot water, add melted soap mixture, washing soda, borax and glycerin. Mix well.
Use 1/2 cup per full load.

Recipe #7

2 cups Bar soap (grated)
2 cups Washing Soda
2 - 2.5 gallons hot water

Melt grated soap in saucepan with water to cover. Heat over medium-low heat and stir until soap is dissolved.
Pour hot water in large pail, add hot soap and washing soda. Stir very well.
Use 1 cup per full load.

Recipe #8

2 gallons Water (hot)
1 bar Soap (grated)
2 cups Baking soda (yes baking soda this time–not washing soda)

Melt grated soap in a saucepan with enough hot water to cover. Cook on medium-low heat, stirring frequently until soap is melted.
In a large pail, pour 2 gallons hot water. Add melted soap, stir well.
Then add the baking soda, stir well again.
Use 1/2 cup per full load, 1 cup per very soiled load.

Powdered Laundry Detergent - Recipe #9

12 cups Borax
8 cups Baking Soda
8 cups Washing Soda
8 cups Bar soap (grated)

Mix all ingredients well and store in a sealed tub.
Use 1/8 cup of powder per full load.

Recipe #10 - (Powdered)

1 cup Vinegar (white)
1 cup Baking Soda
1 cup Washing Soda
1/4 cup liquid castile soap

Mix well and store in sealed container.

I find it easiest to pour the liquid soap into the bowl first, stirred in the washing soda, then baking soda, then added the vinegar in small batches at a time (the recipe foams up at first). The mixture is a thick paste at first that will break down into a heavy powdered detergent, just keep stirring. There may be some hard lumps, try to break them down when stirring (it really helps to make sure the baking soda isn’t clumpy when first adding). I used 1/2 cup per full load with great results.

Liquid Detergents Note
Soap will be lumpy, goopy and gel-like. This is normal. Just give it a good stir before using. Make sure soap is covered with a lid when not in use. You could also pour the homemade soap in old (and cleaned) laundry detergent bottles and shake well before each use.

*If you can’t find Fels-Naptha locally, you can buy it online (check Amazon).

You can add between 10 to 15 drops of essential oil (per 2 gallons) to your homemade laundry detergent. Add once the soap has cooled to room temperature. Stir well and cover.


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Author:  GT Admin [ Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:23 am ]
Post subject:  Re: LAUNDRY W/O ELECTRIC

Another Link for homemade laundry soap

Author:  GT Admin [ Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:31 am ]
Post subject:  Re: LAUNDRY W/O ELECTRIC

I also hear that 1/2 a cup of White Vinegar helps keep soap scum off your waching machine..

Author:  Genesis [ Sat Jan 30, 2010 6:56 pm ]
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thanks for the recipes, GTA. i've been meaning to get around to making up some and trying it out.

is there a certain one that you used for the greasy clothes you mentioned?

i wasn't going to say anything....but it now fits into sharing what i've learned about laundry with no electric.

on top of everything else that's been happeneing at our house....i lost my dryer last saturday. then my washer on sunday...the very next day.
no kidding. :roflmao

is this jinx shit ever gonna end? (please excuse the expletive....but i think by now i've earned it) :lol

i've been using the washboard i got for teotwawki, in my laundry tub. rinse a couple times and hang up in the basement to dry. (not nearly as bad as those poor amish girls who were hanging undies out in the 7* temps this morning!!!! :awe )

it worked fine until i got to the whites. that needed bleach....
i'm washing away, and thinking how nice and hot the water was...yep, that's good. will get them white socks good an clean. wasn't really the hot water i was feeling, but the bleach. my heavy duty yellow playtex gloves weren't as heavy duty as i thought. my gloves were leaking from tiny little holes, that i've still yet to find. my hands are just a little on the tender burnt feeling side. a little red. looks alot like red elephant

so, i advise a better method of agitation of clothes in bleaced water. or maybe a different type of glove. hope this helps someone else from doing the same.

Author:  L2L [ Tue Feb 02, 2010 7:52 pm ]
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Holy smokes Gen I promised you three or four problems ago that your's would be over soon :awe

Try CLR on our grease stains ;)

Author:  L2L [ Mon Jun 28, 2010 9:03 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: LAUNDRY W/O ELECTRIC

1. Put 4 Cups Water in pan on stove, heat up until Almost boiling.

Shave off Bar Soap into Water.

Stir until the soap is dissolved.

2. Put a 5 gal. bucket into your bathtub.

Heat up 3 gallons of Hot Water.

Pour the 3 gals. of Hot water into the 5 gal. bucket.

3. Add the Hot Bar Soap with the 4 cups of water from the stove, and add to the
5 gal. bucket.

4. Add 1 Cup Washing Soda to 5 gal. bucket and Stir.

5. Add 1/2 Cup Borox to 5 gal. bucket and stir.

6. Cool over night and Stir the next Day.

7. Pour the mixture in used clean Laundry Jugs.

Use 1 Cup per Load , this mixture equals about 48 loads.

Need for the Laundry Soap Mixture:
1 Bar Hand Soap
1 Box Washing Soda (Arm & Hammer)
1 Box Borax (20 Mule Team)
1- 5 gal. bucket
3 gallons Tap Water

Author:  L2L [ Mon Jun 28, 2010 9:04 pm ]
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Here is Lehmans: Rapid Washer Plunger, cost $16.00 ... uctID=2758

Author:  recall15 [ Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:01 am ]
Post subject:  Re: LAUNDRY W/O ELECTRIC

i found this project regarding a Pedal-powered Washing Machine

Along with other projects variants like: Bicycle Mill/Corn Thesher, Bicycle Blender, Bicycle Rope Water Pump, Mobile Water Pump, Bicycle Nut-Sheller, Trikes & Trailers, all with instructives and Sketchup Model file .skp


Author:  Bluebonnet [ Wed Jul 06, 2011 6:52 am ]
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Thwocks head with fist - DOH!

Recall - that is AMAZING! I never would have thought of such a simple solution! :elephant :banana :brockoli

:clap :heart

Author:  L2L [ Wed Jul 11, 2012 8:00 am ]
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Pretty unique idea...........

Author:  fr33kSh0w2012 [ Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:51 pm ]
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