One of my all time favorite sites http://www.maryjanesfarm.com/, has a marvelous chat room where you can learn how to do just about anything ‘farm girl’ style. Check out her book, Mary Jane's Ideabook.Cookbook.Lifebook-for the farmgirl in all of us, it's a great source for all the 'old' time ways.
Almost two years ago, I found a recipe for making my own laundry detergent from this site. It is super easy and very inexpensive. No harmful chemicals and low scents. You can add your own essential oil, for a wonderful fragrance, like lavender or lemon.
Here’s the recipe:
3 bars if soap (Fels Napha or Castile)-grated
1- 4# box Borax
1- 4# box Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
2- 4# boxes of Baking Soda (Some recipes do not call for this, but it would be a great softener, if you have hard water)
Grate and mix, use 2-3 Tablespoons per wash load. Also vinegar makes a great rinse, to remove static cling. I often use vinegar, right in the wash to remove strong odors.
Here’s one for the dishwasher:
1 Cup Borax
1/2 Cup Baking Soda
Use vinegar as a rinse agent.
Some farm owners love it!