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There are a countless number of DIY laundry soap ideas floating around the web. I decided to go with a very basic one. The simpler the better for me! I tweaked a few recipes and after some experimentation, I found this option works the best for my needs:
Note: I did not include Borax into this recipe as I haven’t had the time to research the healthiness of using it in laundry soap yet.
If you follow the links, they will take you to the Amazon listing for these ingredients. You may want to check your local grocery store or Walmart as some of the items are usually cheaper there.
2 Bar Soap (I opted for Zote but a bar castile soap would be a great choice too)
7 Cups Washing Soda
30 Drops Lemon Essential Oil (Optional but the lemon smells great and it helps remove stains! Lavender would be another great option.)
1 Cup Baking Soda
Vinegar (do not mix this in with your soap!)
Grate the soap.
Mix everything (except the vinegar) together.
Put into a container.
Yes, it is really that easy.
You only need to use 1 – 1.5 Tablespoon per load of laundry.
If you use cold water, I recommend letting the water run first and adding the detergent before your clothes to give it a chance to dissolve. Also, add a few tablespoons of vinegar to the water. I’ve found that this helps remove any odors that may linger on the clothes and it also softens your clothes!
I did attempt to make a liquid version of laundry soap. But that ended with a huge mess in the kitchen and a failed experiment. I will leave the liquid soaps to the professionals!
Overall, this experiment was a success. My clothes were clean and the soap was not hard to make. I did find the grating part to be tedious. I’m not sure if I will do this again or not. I have another commercially made natural laundry soap that I use and love (full review coming later) but I’m glad to have this recipe to keep on hand if I ever need it.
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