Making your own homemade laundry soap is one of the easiest parts of a saving money and not having so many chemicals in your home. This works with high efficiency washers and borax safety.
Why switch to homemade laundry soap, you ask?
Conventional laundry detergent is loaded with chemicals like sulfates, fragrances, phenols and more. Many brands contain things like petroleum distillates, which are linked to cancer and lung disease. Fragrances in these detergents are made of a mix of harmful chemicals. Plus with children with sensitive skin this is the best route to go.
Luckily, making your own laundry soap is easy and fast process that the kids also like to join in on doing! You only need three basic ingredients to make either a powdered or liquid laundry soap:
• Washing Soda by Arm and Hammer Brand which you can get at most stores
• Fels-Naptha or Zote
Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe:
• Grate the bar soap or mix in food processor until finely ground.
• In a large bowl, mix 2 parts washing soda, 2 parts Borax and 1 part grated soap. (Add a few teaspoons of baking soda if desired). If the kids want to help I put it into ziplock bags and allow them to shake away. (make sure the bags are sealed really well)
• Store in closed container. I keep mine in a 1 gal jar that I got at Walmart for $4. If you are using a big enough container, you can skip step 2 and just put all ingredients in storage container or jar and shake.
• Use 1/8 to 1/4 cup per load of laundry depending on how big your laundry load is. I bought a spoon that was 1/4 cup and just leave it in the jar.
To make liquid Laundry Soap:
• Grate one bar of soap with cheese grater or food processor.
• Put grated soap in pan with 2 quarts water and gradually heat, stirring constantly until soap is completely dissolved.
• Put 4.5 gallons of really hot tap water in a 5-gallon bucket (available for free in bakeries at grocery stores, just ask them) and stir in 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of Washing Soda until completely dissolved.
• Pour soap mixture from pan into 5-gallon bucket. Stir well.
• Cover and leave overnight.
• Shake or stir until smooth and pour into gallon jugs or other containers.
• Use 1/2 to 1 cup per load.
My calculations, I am saving over 50% on my laundry soap cost by switching: On the powdered recipe, I spent (at the time of writing the post):
• One 55 ounce box Washing Soda- $3.69
• One 76 ounce box of Borax – $2.99
• One Bar Zote- $0.79
With the amount this mixture I use (1/4 cup) per load of laundry, this recipe works out to $0.09 cents per load of laundry. This saves me almost $0.22 per load over using Arm and Hammer or Tide. With the liquid recipe, the saving are even more. A Five-Gallon batch costs $7.30 and washes at least 120 loads, costing about $0.04 per load!
Have you tried making your own laundry detergent? What ingredients did you use?