Tuesday, March 10, 2009

We're trying to be obedient.......

I don't ever remember this....thank goodness. I would have not made a good pioneer!!
But..... I do remember the wringer washer. I actually remember my Grandma Lofgreen using one. When I was a little girl it looked like such fun. Fun? I bet it didn't seem fun to my Grandma.
Now, this laundry room looks like fun!! Until you have to start the washer and actually do laundry, then the fun ends. I just want to look at it, not use it. Isn't it cute?!

They say to put things that you love but no longer use, such as this doll house, to playful yet practical use. Anchored to the wall with decorative brackets, it becomes the highlight in an otherwise understated room. Each room of the doll house makes an easy-to-access cubby for laundry supplies. Found it at Country Living.

Now here's the real reason for this post. The obedient part. A sister in our ward came over tonight, and told us about cheap, very good, best detergent she's ever used LAUNDRY DETERGENT. Recommended by the Queen of Clean. I think she said it comes out to cost about $1.00 a gallon. Here's the recipe:

Liquid Laundry Detergent: 3 Pints Water 1/3 bar Fels Naptha Soap, grated 1/2 cup Washing Soda (Arm and Hammer, NOT baking soda though!!) 1/2 cup 20 Mule Team Borax 2 Gallon bucket to mix it in 1 Quart hot water Additional Hot Water Mix Fels Naptha soap in a saucepan with 3 pints hot water and heat on low until dissolved. Stir in Washing Soda and Borax. Stir until thickened, and remove from heat. Add 1 Quart Hot Water to 2 gallon Bucket. Add soap mixture, and mix well. Fill bucket completely with additional hot water, and mix well. Set aside for 24 hours, or until mixture thickens. Use 1/2 cup of mixture per load.

Powdered Laundry Detergent 1 cup grated Fels Naptha Soap 1/2 cup washing soda 1/2 cup 20 mule team borax Mix and store in airtight container or bag. For normal loads, use 2 tablespoon. For heavy loads, use 3 tablespoons. Here's where I found the recipe.

Fels Naptha Soap is a fantastic stain remover and pre-treater. It works especially well on oil-based stains. Just rub the stain with a wet bar of Fels Naptha Soap. Let it sit for a while and launder as usual. It works great on baby clothes which have formula stains.

I'm going to order 12 bars from the above website. I'll let you know how it works!


Paula said...

O, wow! I used to help my mom wash with the wringer washer - even though I was terrified of it eating me alive! She actually used a stick (which grew very thin and white from bleach over the years) to put the clothes into the wringer unlike the lady in the picture. I'll do a blog on the washboard experience!
Way to go on the obedience thing. Let me know how the soap works! sometimes the "good ole" stuff is BEST! XOXOX

The Hills said...

have you tried it yet? i am very interested!