If you have ever searched the web for making your own laundry soap, I have found there are quite a few sites out there. My go-to site for all things natural and homemade is One Good Thing by Jillee (No, not Pinterest this time, LOL). I have gotten many ideas for homemade cleaners and how-to’s on her site. Today, I am making a new batch of laundry soap. Let me tell you, the cost of this is MUCH less than buying detergent at the store.
The 4 ingredients I use are 1 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax, 1 cup of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda (not baking soda) 1 bar of Ivory Soap or Fels Naptha bar soap (I tried Fels once, it was so hard to grate, but Ivory is a good substitution), and 1/3 cup of baking soda. Now, I put a bit of the baking soda in because of extra dirty clothes and musty smells in the towels. So far, it works pretty well. You may not need to do this, just try making one batch and see if you need the extra baking soda. Today, I tripled the ingredients to make 2 quarts, and this will last a VERY long time. Just think, not having to put laundry soap on your grocery list for about 3 months! This batch will last longer than that for me, since there are only 2 of us, 2 dogs and a very messy bird.
I urge you to at least give this a try, I also use the fragrance softeners in the store, but there is a recipe for those too! I intend to try that as well, first I must get some essential oils. The only ingredients are essential oils and Epsom Salts! (I think I will order some essential oils today, since those fabric softeners are really expensive!!)
If you are really not crazy about grating or cooking soap, there are certainly other alternatives out there. You will be amazed how little time it takes and how much money you will save!
Time to do laundry ya’all!