We put some of this in a sock with the end knotted and use it in our wringer washer. I’m not sure how it works in a washer. I would recommend dissolving it in hot water and then add it to the washer. It seems to really whiten clothes.
Mix in a plastic pail in the order given:
10 cups water
9 cups melted lard (not hot or tallow)
1/2 cup ammonia
1/2 cup borax
1/2 cup white sugar
1 can lye (1 1/4 cup bulk lye)
Sprinkle lye in last (very important) and stir. Let set for 5-10 minutes, stir again – stir frequently the first 1 1/2 hours. Thereafter every hour the rest of the day. Make sure there is no liquid at the bottom or you may have to stir the next day. Let set in the pail a few days, then cover soap or put in a tight container to prevent drying out. The mixture may look separated at first but will eventually absorb and be nice and crumbly by stirring. For best results make only 1 batch per pail. We also added some fragrance oil to help with the smell. Add the oil when the mixture is warm but not hot. Add the oil to your own liking.
Read about how the Amish do Laundry:
Laundry Day in the Amish
Today‘s guest author is Michelle Schwartz, the owner of “The Spice Shack” which is a small, home-based business that specializes in bulk spices, medicinal herbs, and loose leaf teas. Check out her online store at www.thespiceshack.org. Michelle enjoys her family, farm life, anything outdoors, and running her shop. She also raises Miniature Hereford cattle as a hobby.