I’m pretty thrilled with my homemade laundry soap! This is an incredibly easy recipe, works like a charm, saves you money and is environmentally and vegan friendly! (I’m not a vegetarian, but I do appreciate being kind to animals.)
You should be able to find all the ingredients at the grocery store, but I did have to order the Dr. Bronner’s soap. (My grocery store carries Fels Naptha laundry soap, which will work in this recipe but uses cow and pig tallow. Seriously, I don’t want that in my clothes. … Please don’t tell me what was in my old laundry detergent, OK?) Here’s the recipe I used:
1 Bar of Dr. Bronner’s Organic Bar Soap
1 Cup Borax
1 Cup Washing Soda
1 Cup Baking Soda
Grate the bar of soap using the finest side of the grater. (You can also chop up the bar and drop it into a food processer.) You’ll want very fine soap flakes especially if you use cold water for laundry, so it’s worth the time it will take. Then simply add the other ingredients and mix until well combined. Use one Tablespoon per load, two for a very large or heavily soiled load. This recipe makes enough laundry soap to fill two pint sized canning jars.
Dr. Bronner’s soaps come in a variety of scents, even unscented for baby laundry or for those with sensitive skin. I used peppermint just because it smelled so fresh and clean. Love it! I’ve also stopped using fabric softener in favor of vinegar. Yes, it sounds ridiculous, but my sheets are so soft and comfy! You may have a faint scent of vinegar when you open the washer, but by the time your clothes dry any hint of vinegar is gone.
This is very low-suds soap, so remind yourself that bubbles are not required to clean. The low-suds action means that it will work well in HE washers which need low sudsing detergents. (Be familiar with your warranty — it may require that you use specific detergents.)
A couple friends volunteered to test out my new soap, so I’m sending them little laundry starter sets of soap, a couple lavender dryer sachets and six “bubble” clothespins.
Wouldn’t these make nice housewarming or hostess gifts?