Homemade laundry soap was literally one of the first things I incorporated into my new lifestyle a year ago. I wanted to cut down on the chemicals in my life, as they are everywhere lurking in everything. Not to mention, eating a real whole food diet can be quite expensive so I knew I had to save pennies in other areas to support my new food habit I was forming.
This laundry soap literally costs a few dollars to purchase all the ingredients, and you can make a few batches from those ingredients.
⅓ bar Dr Bronner’s soap
½ cup washing soda
½ cup borax powder
Essential Oils – optional
You will also need a small bucket, about 2 gallon size
I double this recipe when I make it, as I have a family of 5, and use a 5 gallon bucket
First grate the soap bar and place in a saucepan, add 6 cups water and heat until melted.
Add the washing soda and borax, stir until dissolved.
Remove from heat.
Heat 4 cups hot water and pour into your bucket.
Next add your soap mixture and stir.
Last add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water. Stir.
Let sit for 24 hours. Use ½ cup per load.
Optional: You can now add ½ – 1 oz pure essential oil of choice and stir. I change my scents according to the seasons. Lemongrass, clove and orange are some of our favorites.
Tip: I stopped adding the scents to my laundry soap and now add to my all natural dryer balls. This way I can customize everyone’s laundry. The boys I use the manly deeper oils and for us girls I use sweeter notes.
A Few Things To Note: The finished laundry soap will not be a solid gel, it will be a bit more watery kinda like egg drop soup.
It is also low sudsing soap, so do not freak out if you do not see a lot of suds. Suds do not clean your clothes anyway, it is the ingredients of the sops, it just makes us feel better.