Sunday, February 9, 2014

Laundry Soap

I've been looking forward to making my own laundry soap for awhile (does that make me weird?), but I had a ton of the store bought stuff I had to go through first.  Months later, it's finally gone!  I picked up all of my ingredients and my jar from the grocery store.  My tools came from the dollar store (except the silver/black grater, that came from my drawer).  I used a 1 gallon jar and made a double batch.  I used a lavender oil this time, but use whatever you like (I'm going to use vanilla next time) or omit it altogether.  Also, I wanted to use an all natural soap made for sensitive skin, but any soap will work.

1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup Oxyclean
1 bar soap
1/2 cup Baking Soda
Essential Oil (optional)


Large jar or container
Measuring cups/spoons

Step 1:  grate the soap into your jar. I specifically picked up the small grater just for detergent purposes.  After 10 minutes I wasn't even a quarter of the way through the bar and had made a huge mess!  So, I grabbed my large-hole grater from my drawer.  Worked SO much better.

Step 2:  measure the dry ingredients and add to the soap.  Add in about five drops of essential oil.

Step 3:  mix, mix, mix.  Stir everything together for at least five minutes.  Make sure everything is well distributed.

Step 4:  get washing!  You're ready for laundry (woo-hoo!!!).  Use 2 tablespoons per load, pretreating any stains.


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