We all have that dirty little secret. You know that one deep down that you don’t want anyone else to know. It becomes your obsession, your mission, and you must gain fulfillment. So you slip away in the quiet moments when no one is watching to get your fix. Oh the rush! The joy!, This is soon followed by guilt, frustration and shame. Yes, friends I am an addict. I am addicted to achieving stain-free laundry, and doing it frugally is the ultimate high.
For the last 5 years, I have been experimenting with different homemade laundry soap recipes. I was curious mostly because of allergies, but also I became more aware of all the unnecessary chemicals I was exposing myself to. I tweaked the recipe until I had a laundry soap with effective c leaning power, low cost, usability on all wash cycles, and most importantly one that was hypoallergenic. Nobody likes to itch.
Homemade laundry soap has its benefits:
- You can choose whether or not you want soap heavy in fragrance without paying a higher price for natural soap.
- It’s less likely to irritate sensitive skin.
- Cost savings especially for larger families.
- You can avoid unnecessary dyes and phosphates found in most detergents.
- Not animal tested.
- Eco friendly and biodegradable.
- Clothes last longer.
Borax- Is an active cleaner stain and smell remover.
Arm & Hammer Laundry Booster- Has color saving properties it also brightens lights & whites.
Fels naptha or Zote- Stain remover laundry cleaner and scent buy an extra bar and use it to pre-treat stained clothes before washing.( Side note: You can use any bar soap in its place but I’ve found wash wise it works the best.)
Scented Essential Oil- Optional for added fragrance.
Things you’ll need:
- 2-Large empty clean and washed laundry soap bottles.
- 1-3 -gallon bucket.
- 1.5 -gallon cooking pot.
- An Emersion blender.
- A box grater.
- A large funnel.
Recipe: (Beginner level, Easy)
1 cup- Borax
1 cup –Arm & Hammer Laundry Booster
1 bar-Fels Naptha or soap of choice
20 drops -essential oil (optional)
- Measure 1 cup borax and 1 cup laundry booster add to cooking pot. Along with 1 gallon of tap water and 1 bar of grated soap.
- Heat on low until bar soap is melted. Stirring occasionally making sure there is no sediment on the bottom that could stick and burn.
- Once mixture has completely dissolved add essential oil (optional) then carefully pour hot mixture into 3 gallon bucket. Be sure to use proper safety precautions when handling hot objects.
- Once poured, fill the bucket with cold or warm water to 2.5 gallon mark.
- Let sit for 24 hrs the soap will become very thick and goopy. Use the emersion blender mix the soap until it becomes smooth and pourable.
- Pour into containers using the funnel and your soap is ready to use.
Over all this recipe works well! The only flaw I’ve found is sometimes when you wash in cold water it leaves some white residue, but this doesn’t happen often usually in the winter months. If you have issues with static cling and want to go the natural route for fabric softener, try adding ¼ cup of white vinegar to your fabric softener dispenser. This soap is a huge price savings at $1.01 per 96 load bottle compared to other commercial natural soaps which range from$ 10.00-$20.00 per bottle. This just goes to show a little bit of work can save you a whole lot of money. So the next time you get dirty, you can feel good about it.