Thursday, Fritz (my dad) was suppose to post his blog. It was well written and informative. I was ready to go out and start another new business, then I deleted it. Not because I’m jealous of his writing skills (which I am) more because I’m a dumb ass. Stay tuned.

I’m in state of denial. I have a lot of work to do and all I want to do is play. Yesterday I finally caught up on my laundry. I hate laundry and am not a big fan of cleaning either, but alas it is a necessary evil. My clothes get super dirty from rolling in the mud all day and so do Joe’s from doing his carpenter thing.

My lovely friend Susanne Bertucco sent me this great article about homemade laundry detergent. I sent her my recipe and she tried it. The downside is I was planning on writing about the detergent here, but hell I haven’t yet so more power to Susanne.
Here’s the recipe:

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).

Here are what the goodies look like!
Once you grate the Fels-Naptha and are dissolving it in water it will look like this.
Once it’s dissolved and you add your Borax and Washing Soda after a couple of hours it will gel. (I know what you are thinking this look like.)
After 24 hours you can bottle that stuff up! Here are my happy bottles hanging out.
I store mine in Ball jars or old laundry detergent bottles. It works like magic and if you have a stain or that damn Red Iron Oxide, take your Fels-Naptha bar and work that stain. It will disappear before your eyes.

Try it! And please read Susanne’s column, you all know how the newspaper industry is struggling!

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