Homemade Laundry Soap

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Laundry Detergent Making Ingredients

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 Peppermint Soap

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.

Samples of Laundry Goodies for My Two Volunteer Testers

Wouldn’t these make nice housewarming or hostess gifts?

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Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

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*Ting!*

I’m rebelling a bit against chemicals in my cleaning supplies and the extra cost of brand name products.  Besides, I love making things for people I care about, and making our family’s cleaning products just seems to be a natural extension of that.

After a little research, I discovered just a few basic, inexpensive ingredients will go a long way.  I started with homemade dishwasher detergent and after a few loads, I love it!  You can find lots of recipes online, but here’s the one I used:

  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 cup Washing Soda (not baking soda)
  • 1 packet Unsweetened Lemonade Drink Mix
  • Vinegar
  • Combine the Borax, washing soda and lemonade mix and store in a sealed container.  Add 1 Tablespoon per load.  Fill the rinse aid dispenser with vinegar.

    That’s it!  Easy, huh?  The lemonade mix provides citric acid and is essential as it keeps glass sparkling.  Use more if you notice your dishes look hazy, differences in water and the dishwashers themselves will effect performance.   The citric acid will also cause a little bit of clumping in your detergent.  Just remember: clumps are not a big deal.

    And now that I’m happy with my dishwasher detergent, I suppose I really should be making up my own glass cleaner.  (Look at that filthy window behind the clean jar!  How did I not see that?!)

    Next up, homemade laundry detergent!