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Laundry Gloop - Gloopy Thread !!!

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • Pink.Pink. Forumite
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    Hi tracey,

    We have a laundry gloop thread that should answer your question, so I'll merge your thread into it. You'll need to read from the beginning to see all the replies.

    Also have a look at this older thread: Laundry Cleaner

  • Tracey04Tracey04 Forumite
    389 posts
    looking at the links above what is the borax used for, cannot find it in the recipe,
    Washing Soda?? is this soda crystals
    cup sizes - is it a mug?

    essential oils are these what you buy from Holland and Barrett (very small bottles) or do they sell them in supermarkets etc

    Do you use gloop / dry powder and then add neat white vinegar into the drawer for final rinse

    I go through loads of powder etc in washes, how much do you use for an idea I live in a soft water area

    Sorry for all the questions just read about it and it seems a great idea, just don't know if gloop or HM powder is best

    Any help please. Tracey
  • SarahsaverSarahsaver Forumite
    8.4K posts
    Washing soda is the same as soda crystals.
    Use gloop for the main wash and you may not even need any fabric conditioner. You may need the vinegar for whites.
    It's EXCELLENT for wool! Came out really soft.

    I use about the equivalent of a handful, so not much, and the cup measure is a standard cup measure which is 8oz.

    If you have any little nets from laundry tablets they are useful for putting gloop in - it sets like a jelly, as sometimes the gloop can wriggle out of your washing and spends a merry hour going round and round in the door :rolleyes:

    I have never made HM powder.
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  • JustamumJustamum Forumite
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    I was reading through an old thread (from about 2 years ago!) and there was mention of "laundry gloop" with a link. Unfortunately the link doesn't work. Does anybody have a recipe for this - and, more to the point, is it any good?

  • goonlordgoonlord Forumite
    193 posts
    Thanks for posting this - I had the same problem and I'm intrigued!
  • nic82nic82 Forumite
    420 posts
    I think Sarahsaver makes and uses this. If she doesn't see this thread, it might be worth PMing her

  • Don't know if this is the same one, but found this site yesterday which may provide you with the recipe in the laundry section

  • vivw_2vivw_2 Forumite
    2.2K posts
    We don't need to do it perfectly - good enough is exactly that GOOD ENOUGH.

  • vivw_2vivw_2 Forumite
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    found another link but had problems with it so here is the quote from it:
    Judi wrote:
    Gloop Recipe – No more Detergent
    You will need:
    A large tub capable of holding about 4 litres, with a good fitting lid (or a few smaller tubs) to store gloop
    A big pan
    1 bar unscented white soap - something like Simple or an own-brand sensitive skin soap – Asda 29p bar is good
    1/2 cup washing soda crystals - usually on the cleaning aisle of the supermarket
    4 litres hot water
    Optional:- About 20 drops of a suitable essential oil. I use lavender but any oils safe for children will be fine. ½ Tea Tree, ½ lavender is a good combination for nappies etc
    To Make
    Put the water in the pot and bring to the boil. Grate the soap and once the water has boiled, add the soap and turn the heat down. Stir until all the soap has dissolved. Take off the heat and add the soda crystals stirring until they have dissolved as well. Leave to cool until you can safely handle it, then decant into your tub(s) and add essential oils.
    To use
    Use about half a teacup for each load.
    You can add a dose of Ecover laundry bleach if things get a little grey – this will brighten things up again.
    To avoid problems with the gloop and machine blockages:- It is HIGHLY recommended that you put the gloop directly into the drum not the drawer. If the gloop sets hard, chop it into small pieces so that it melts easier. Adding a ½ a cup distilled white vinegar to the final rinse will also help prevent any problems.
    Laundry Powder
    1 Cup Grated White Soap
    1/2 Cup Washing Soda
    1/2 Cup Borax
    For light load, use 1 tablespoon. For heavy or heavily soiled load, use 2 tablespoons.
    Nice alternative to gloop when you can't be bothered to mix up a batch/are travelling.
    Fabric Softener
    2 Cups White Vinegar
    2 Cups Baking Soda
    4 Cups Water
    Combine slowly and carefully over sink. The baking soda and vinegar will fizz.
    Pour into plastic bottle, cover, and shake.
    *Hint - Reuse your "Lenor" bottle.
    Use 1/4 cup in the final rinse or in a "laundry ball".
    Ironing water
    2 desertspoons Orange Blossom water
    up to 1 litre water
    pour ingredients into 1 litre drinks bottle (I use an old tonic water bottle)
    The orange blossom water can be obtained anywhere they sell vietnamese/chenese ingredients - look in oriental sections of sainsburys or in specialist chinese food shops.
    It only costs about 50 - 60p for 1/4 litre so is a really cost effective way of scenting your laundry. You could also use rosewater approx £1.35 from Boots
    Stain remover For Heavily Stained Nappies:-
    **NOTE: This is for use with white cotton, nylon and polyester only.
    1/2 Cup Gloop
    1/2 Cup Washing soda crystals
    1/2 Cup Ecover Bleach
    Soak nappies in bucket overnight or until stains disappear. Launder as usual.
    We don't need to do it perfectly - good enough is exactly that GOOD ENOUGH.

  • angchrisangchris Forumite
    1.2K posts
    i make my own washing powder and keep it in a small airtight tub with a spoon its much easier and cleaner than messing around with "gloop"
    1 mug of grated soap (any old kind, i use cheepy stuff)
    1 mug of washing soda (tesco 50p ish, look down low on the shelves as they dont want you to find it!;) )
    and 1 mug of borax (£1.19 from boots)
    it takes a few mins to grate the soap up and measure 3 mugs of ingredients and then throw it all in the tub. i use 1 tablespoon for normal wash or 2 for a dirty wash, it works great and its soooo cheap and it lasts for ages. :j
    proper prior planning prevents p!$$ poor performance! :p
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