Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Laundry Gloop and a Thank You

Just wanted to say thank you to all those who commented on yesterday's post.  It really did help.  Sometimes all I need is a good cry - I guess it kind of gets all the built up emotions out.  So after a good weep I settled down to read my favourite blogs (I think this might be getting a little addictive).  So a big thank you.

The other thing I wanted to mention is my new favourite thing  - Laundry Gloop!

I was browsing the Frugaldom Forum and came across this recipe for Laundry Gloop

This is taken from the forum:-

1 Bar of soap, grated 
1 cup of washing soda 
2 litres water 
few drops of essential oil 

Boil the water in a big stock pot or similar, dissolve the soda crystals and soap in it, add the fragrance and then dilute to at least 5 litres. 

You can store this in whatever bottles you prefer. I recycle 7.5 litre containers with wide screwtop lids, but a lidded bucket would also be ideal. 

I make 2 lots, one has a few drops of blue dye in it to help 'whiten' whites. 

FRUGAL TIP: I've been using this diluted to 7 litres and it works really well. I use the 'natural extracts' soap, which is a natural, antobacterial vegetable soap with tea tree & lavender extracts, so no need to add in extra essential oil unless you prefer a stronger scent. 

So at the weekend I made a big bucket load.  

I have always had a problem with shop bought washing powder.  Apart from the ever rising price, it is always so heavily scented that it sets my husband's asthma off.  So thought this would be a good scent free alternative. 

I used Simple Soap which is fragrance free, then added some Tea Tree Oil.  So 6 Litres of the stuff came to a grand total of £1.  (75p for the soap and about 25p for a cup of washing soda).  

But the best thing of all - IT WORKS!  And at the risk of sounding like an advert, even on the filthy kids clothes.  Plus it makes me feel good that there is one more thing I don't have to be dependent on the big manufacturers or supermarkets for. 

Happy me :)


  1. Thanks for the tip I'll try this as my husband has "sensitive" skin and can only use simple soap.

  2. Going to give this a go when my stock runs out xx

  3. To save on fabric conditioner I use 1 tablespoon of distilled white vinegar (Sarson's clear vinegar) as a conditioner. If you tumble dry it stops most things tangling together with static but is a good final thing to use to get the last traces of gloop out of your clothes. I have been using this now since October last year. Clothes are clean and smell wonderful - of fresh air.

  4. I used to make the laundry gloop, it does get the clothes clean and smells fine too, but after about 6 months I stopped using it as it was making my clothes look very aged and faded, especially whites.I like my clothes to look good for a long time, and wash carefully, so eventually decided to return to using just one proprietary washing tablet.In my case the savings weren't worth it, as I would have to replace clothing sooner than I usually would have.

  5. The laundry gloop sounds interesting and glad it works!

    I just read yesterday's post and wanted to wish your son well with his op, must be a little scary but he's come such a long way. Will be thinking of you all.