Friday, May 29, 2015

Cheap Effective Homemade Laundry Soap

 
For years I have been buying very expensive all natural laundry soap from the store because my eldest son has horrible allergies to any synthetic cleaners.  I have learned so much about natural versus synthetic products directly because of his horrible eczema .  It turns out his eczema is caused by any soaps, cleaners, and even air fresheners that are not all natural.

Laundry detergent was one of the most difficult things to find back when we started our journey towards all natural.  It also was the most important because of course clothing rests right on the skin and would cause instant rashes to break out.  The worst was fabric softener or dryer sheets so I haven't used those in nine years but instead use Wool Dryer Balls which work just as well and has the bonus of keeping being all natural.  Click HERE to buy them.  They really are a great investment.  I have had mine for SIX years and they are still working to soften my laundry.  To add scent just put a few drops of your favorite essential oil on them.

Back to the laundry detergent.  I read on several blogs on how ladies made their own and how it was not only all natural, but also ridiculously cheap working out to less than 10 cents per load!  For some reason I never tried it, mainly thinking it would be to complicated, would take lots of time, and it would not work as well as store bought.  Well I was wrong on all counts!  It takes me about ten minutes to make it and the stuff works great and leaves a very pleasing scent on the clothes.  This is nice because we haven't been  able to use fragrance on our clothes since eldest son was born.  Oh and of course it has not aggravated a eczema breakout in the least!  Click HERE for a complete package deal.

I would recommend this to anyone wanting to use all natural laundry detergent that is cheaper than the cheapest regular laundry soap! 

1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
1 bar fels naptha laundry soap

Grate fels naptha and mix with the dry ingredients. I use just a regular cheese grater. Make sure to mix well!  Use 2 to 3 tablespoons for large loads.  It will not suds up like other laundry detergents do so it is safe in your front loader.  I also add a scoop of oxy clean because we have small children who get their clothes really dirty!

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15 comments:

  1. This is fabulous! I've been wanting to make laundry detergent for over a year, but I had only seen the liquid recipes that make 5 or 10 gallons. I don't lift that much weight so I put off making it.

    Now that I have this recipe for dry powder I can make some tomorrow! Thank you sooo much!

    I saw your link on the Homestead Barn Hop and am truely thankful it caught my eye.

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    1. I'm so glad you like it, it really is easy so try it out!

      Thank you for visiting my blog and come back often!

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    2. I'm back. I just made the powder and am washing the first load with it.

      Incidently, the lady who posted the laundry soap recipe didn't list this as one of the qualities of washing soda, but I learned when I worked for a silk batiking company that washing soda softens water. We used it all the time. Just thought you might find that interesting :-)

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  2. What a beautiful blog. I also recently started making my own laundry soap. I would love for you to share at my weekly Farm Girl Blog Fest: http://fresh-eggs-daily.blogspot.com/2012/10/farm-girl-blog-fest-5.html

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    1. I will be sure to stop by Lisa, and thank you so much for the kind comment on my blog.

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  3. GREAT!
    I make mine as well....i have a batch that needs to be made now! I'm running low. It really is one of the most expensive things!!!

    Maggie
    http://www.luniquelymaggie.blogspot.com

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    1. Your right Maggie! Now that I have tried to make my own and it's such a success I'm never going back to store bought.

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  4. Dear Hearthkeeper, what a great series of posts on natural products! I have been thinking, off and on, about doing something like this and now you have inspired me to do it! The links you provided have led me on a good and healthful journey into natural cleaning products and I must thank you from the bottom of my heart!

    God Bless,
    Janet in MA

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    1. Thank you Janet you have been my most loyal reader and I love to see your comments! It's good to know that this lil ol blog of mine is actually helping others or that others enjoy it!

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  5. I made this very same homemade laundry detergent and have been using it for a month or so now and love it. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. I think its great too! Thanks for visiting my blog and come back often.

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  6. Hi there, I saw your post over at the HomeAcre Hop. I'm writing up a post about homemade household cleaners and would love to share a link to yours if you didn't mind.

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  7. I used to make my own laundry det. but then we bought a high efficiency washer...supposedly it voids the guarantee to use homemade :( Thanks for sharing this on The HomeAcre Hop! I hope you can join us again today at:
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/04/the-homeacre-hop-14.html

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  8. Do you adjust the amount for HE front loaders?
    Mine only uses 4 tsp of the All brand HE in a load, so I'm not sure how much of a savings l would have with homemade.

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  9. Do you adjust the amount for HE front loaders?
    I only use 4 tsp of the All brand HE in mine, so I'm not sure how much of a savings I would have withhomemade.

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