Homemade Laundry Soap and fabric softener
are easy to make, makes less trash and obviously uses less chemicals than commercial laundry soap. I am not a big fan of waste at all. I don’t like buying the humongous bottles of laundry soap that are full of chemicals to wash my family’s laundry.
And, with 5 people, I do a lot of laundry. A LOT. So, I found a homemade laundry soap recipe online that I liked, and tweaked it. It works very well in our super hard, high iron water, and I have had great results with getting out stains. I do need to use a full bar of soap as a pretreater for tougher stains, like grease or grimy dirt, but this soap does quite well.
Here’s what I use:
Grate bar soap using a hand-held cheese-grater.
Add in the borax, washing soda, and essentials oils. Stir gently to combine and store in a container with tight fighting lid. I use 1/2 cup per load, and add 1/2 cup white vinegar to the rinse cycle. We have very hard, irony-well water, and this has helped our clothes come out clean and soft.
If you like extra softness in your clothing, try making your own fabric softener!
This is for those of you who may want something other than vinegar in your rinse, or that “scent” of fabulous fabric softening that commercial products leave. This does use commercial fabric softener to start, but stretches it out far longer. What you need:
Start by emptying the white vinegar into other jars.
Then, add 1/2 cup of each fabric softener, vinegar and cream rinse into the empty jug. Fill to the top with hot water and cap tightly. Shake gently to mix and add 1/2 cup to the rinse cycle. You will want to gently shake before each use, just to mix it all up a it.