A Gift for a Friend - Homemade Laundry Soap

Homemade Laundry Detergent 

It's nice to get a homemade gift that you can enjoy without having to workout!  No reason every homemade gift should be chocolate.  Make yourself some Laundry Soap and make extra to give away.   And so this gift of a pretty package and Laundry Soap is one of my Favs.  I cannot take all the credit, Christine, the Blogger at Great Oak Circle, posted this article with the recipe and tips (link here).  As for the gift, the jar (link here) is the most expensive thing and she can re-use that for anything once she washes a bunch of laundry!  I have been using this as our Laundry Detergent/Soap for at least two years and I just love it. 

Simple, clean, does what it is supposed to and it relatively inexpensive. Finely grating the Fels-Naptha soap is the most difficult thing but I need more muscles anyway.  Works fine in my front-loading washing machine. 

  Other tips: For my boys' really stinky soccer and workout clothes I often add some vinegar to both the washing and fabric softener cycles and they come out extra fresh.  The vinegar rinses right out and does not leave an after-smell.  Vinegar is also just the ticket to help with mildewed towels, like when your kid forgets and leaves them in a pile all wet on the floor.  Hot water, vinegar and viola.  I have heard that you should not mix vinegar and bleach, so I go with that.  Sometimes I add bleach to my white sheet load and wash on hot but only once a month or so and just enough, I don't like to be overwhelmed with a bleach smell.

Now you have it, a great gift idea that your friend won't have to workout after using, except to create some stinky laundry to wash up!
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