Laundry Soap

This month our non-food item to store is laundry detergent. How often do you do laundry? Have you determined how much you use each month? Does it take a bite out of your grocery budget?
Answers to these questions will vary per person but if you’d like to consider making your own laundry soap you can do so using some of the same ingredients we’ve used for making other homemade cleaning products.
Wellness Mama has provided us with an easy recipe and one that saves money as well. Here’s what she says:
“Conventional laundry detergent is loaded with chemicals like sulfates, fragrances, phenols and more. Many brands contain things like petroleum distillates, which are linked to cancer and lung disease. Fragrances in these detergents are made of a mix of harmful chemicals. Luckily, making your own laundry soap is an easy and fast process!

You only need three basic ingredients to make either a powdered or liquid laundry soap:
Washing Soda (Arm and Hammer Brand available at most stores)
Borax (20 Mule Team Borax available at most grocery stores)
Bar Soap (Dr. Bronner’s,  Ivory, or other natural, unscented bar soap) – If you have ever made your own soap, the laundry version of this coconut oil soap recipe is hands-down the best bar soap I’ve ever found for making laundry soap.
Washing Soda and Borax should be available at your local grocery store on the laundry aisle. Natural bar soaps are in the health, beauty, or organic sections of the store, or online. You can also add a couple tablespoons of baking soda to help freshen clothes.”

Natural Laundry Soap Recipe:

  1. Grate the bar soap or mix in food processor until finely ground. Use the soap of your choice. I personally use homemade coconut oil soap if I have it or Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille Bar Soap because of its exceptional quality, and because it is available in several different natural scents like lavender, tea tree, peppermint, almond and others.
  2. In a large bowl, mix 2 parts washing soda, 2 parts Borax and 1 part grated soap. (Add a few teaspoons of baking soda if desired).
  3. Store in closed container. I keep mine in quart or half gallon mason jars. If you are using a big enough container, you can skip step 2 and just put all ingredients in a storage container or jar and shake.
  4. Use 1/8 to 1/4 cup per load of laundry.

To make liquid Laundry Soap:

  1. Grate one bar of soap with cheese grater or food processor.
  2. Put grated soap in pan with 2 quarts water and gradually heat, stirring constantly until soap is completely dissolved.
  3. Put 4.5 gallons of really hot tap water in a 5-gallon bucket (available for free in bakeries at grocery stores, just ask them) and stir in 2 cups of borax and 2 cups of Washing Soda until completely dissolved.
  4. Pour soap mixture from pan into 5-gallon bucket. Stir well.
  5. Cover and leave overnight.
  6. Shake or stir until smooth and pour into gallon jugs or other containers.
  7. Use 1/2 to 1 cup per load.

Billie Nicholson, Editor
October 2016

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