Doing the Laundry in the late 1800's - very time consuming
Nobody, especially the person in charge of keeping the laundry washed, dried, and put away wants to revert to the good 'ole days; but most people are interested in what they did that was healthier than today's harsh chemical and unknown carcinogenic. The soaps were natural. Some were harsh, but many were soothing, yet natural and cleansing. Those products are now being used again in today's laundry detergent. (Recipe below)
ringer washers by Maytag invented in 1907 & a common household appliance in the 1920's in america
With the advent of modern washers , American homes began to wash their clothes more often in the search of convenience and cleanliness. In the 1880's pulverized dry soap was introduced as a convenience, especially as women entered the upstarting industrial market. In the 1930's synthetic detergents by companies as BASF's Fewa and Proctor & Gamble's Dreft were introduced to the increasingly urban American society. Industrial strength Tide was marketed after WWII in 1949. Americans began their attachment to cleaning supplies purported by advertisement and harsh chemicals. Now many people think that petroleum based chemicals and bleach mean clean. There are other ways to clean and deodorize. See recipe below.
today's consumer is turning more and more to natural solutions, especially within their homes
RECIPE FOR HOMEMADE LAUNDRY
Fels Naptha Bar (grated)
Put into a pot of warm to hot water, but not boiling water. Stir until melted
1 1/2 cups Borax
1 1/2 cups washing soda
Sitr until dissolved
1 cup OnGuard Laundry detergent from doTerra
Put into 5 gallon bucket and fill with water.
Let set overnight
Add essential of choice as lemon, citrus bliss, OnGuard, or Purify (blends from doTerra)
Stir with hand blender to blend to same consistency.
LASTS A LONG TIME!
The cost was about $35 for supplies. All but the Fees Naptha, which uses the entire bar each recipe, will make at least four 5-gallon buckets of detergent. So for under $40, I will have 25 gallons of detergent. That is super inexpensive, natural, contains no fragrances nor petroleum products.
If interested in ordering or knowing more about the doTerra products used, see my website