This Post is a recipe, review and why about Homemade Laundry Soap. Its something I have been wanting to try for a long time, for Multiple reasons. Which I will take the time to list here:
- To Save $$, who honestly doesn't need to do this?
- To learn to be more self-sufficient, I think we all take way too much advantage of "Modern Conveniences"
- To use natural products, that are tried, tested and true
- To know what I am exposing my family to
- To lessen my/our carbon footprint aka live greener
- To have another skill to pass on to my children
- To ease the stress on our septic system
- To not poison the water of those around me that also have wells
- To restore my "Zen Cleaning" (ie, getting rid of the negatives, and enjoying the mindfulness of cleaning, YES THIS IS POSSIBLE!!)
I am sure there are more reasons. So I started researching recipes online, most were basically the same: Bar soap, Borax, and Washing Soda. I started delving more and more into the homemade laundry detergent I found more recipes for Fabric Softener, cleaners, and even dishwasher detergent! The best part was most of the ingredients were the same!
I decided to try the powdered laundry soap first, because it seemed easiest and if it failed I wasn't at a major loss. So here goes:
Grate 1/2 Bar of Fels Naptha Bar Soap ( I didn't use it because I couldn't find it) or Ivory, Sunlight, or whatever you like, I personally chose an Organic Lemongrass Soap that smelled pretty and doesn't irritate my skin
1 cup Of Borax
1 cup of Washing Soda
1/2 cup of Baking Soda (maybe you want to use a whole cup if you have greasy clothes)
Add all of the above ingredients to your Food Processor and process until combined! Easy huh?
Now you only need about 2 Tablespoons( if you have a "scoop" from protein powder, these work great) for a full load.
The soap dissolved easily, we use only cold water to wash our clothes, so this was a major plus!
My socks were definitely whiter. My Clothes were clean, no grease stains on my shirts, everything looked clean. My clothes were soft, not coarse or stiff. I was not itchy, and I have sensitive skin. This was very cost effective!
Homemade Fabric Softener!!!
I have never been a user of fabric softener, just seemed like a waste of $$ and I always found the scents over-powering. But on my journey to find more recipes for Laundry Soap I found a great one for Fabric Softener.
Frankly, I fell in love with the idea, immediately. Only problem was that I don't have a new washing machine with a fancy dispenser, and who ever remembers the rinse cycle? Not, me!!! So, I caved in a bought a "Downey ball" for $1.99 at the Grocery Store.
Vinegar 1/3-1/2 cup
Fill your Downey ball with vinegar, pull the top, toss it in the washer and walk away, it does the rest!
My towels were fluffier and softer. No Static cling. Nothing smelt like vinegar either. Very Cost effective!!!
Next: Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap. I will review it and then compare it to the powdered.
Enjoy your "Zen Cleaning"!