Home Made Laundry Soap
Laundry, we all have to do it. Some people enjoy it, and some people hate it. I’m in the middle. It is satisfying to have it finished and not piled up in the laundry room. It is much better than dishes; but that’s another story! Never ending dishes in this house. We’ll discuss that in another post. 🙂 I started making our own laundry soap because my daughter and husband have eczema. I was spending a lot to buy “good” quality soap without all the fillers. A friend told me about home made laundry soap. I researched different recipes and found one I am very satisfied with. I loved the idea of controlling what went inside, and the cost is approximately .06 per load.
There are several options you can use for the bar of soap. I have used Fels-Naptha, Coconut Oil soap, Dr Bronner’s and homemade soap. Having used them all, I can recommend them all based on their ability to wash laundry. I wash/rinse in cold water and have had great experiences with them all. Dr Bronner’s is a great choice for a natural ingredient bar soap. As I learned more about the soaps themselves, I have switched to Dr. Bronner’s because it is made with vegetable castille soap, pure organic oils and are Fair Trade soap. And it comes many scent choices! Its great choice for sensitive skin.
What’s inside Borax and washing soda – Borax is a natural occurring mineral of Sodium, oxygen, boron and water. It is sodium borate and NOT boric acid. You’ll find it in most of the soaps made today. Washing Soda is made from common salt and limestone or found as natural deposits. It is also called sodium carbonate or soda ash.
All of these ingredients I find at my local grocery store or they are available on Amazon. There are links available after the recipe to the ingredients.
Equal parts Washing soda and Borax.
1 cup Borax 20 mule team
Twenty Mule Team Natural Laundry Booster & Multi-Purpose Cleaner, 65 oz.
1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing soda (not baking soda)
Church & Dwight Co 03020 Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz.
Added scent if desired:
20 drops of essential oil – I like Lemon or Grapefruit.
Now Foods Lemon Oil
Use a food processor or a cheese grater to grate the soap. I use my ninja processor and it does a good job at grating the soap into small thin pieces. I used my salad shooter and it left bigger pieces that didn’t break up in the washer. We ended up with pieces of soap on our clothes. Grate your soap fine. Mix it with your borax and washing soda. Mix well.
(Ninja Food Processor)
To store place in a container big enough to hold. I use a quart jar container to store my soap in the laundry room.
Usage for a load of laundry is about 2 Tablespoons to 1/4 cup per load.
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