There's also the fact that companies pump their products full of harmful chemicals to make our clothes supposedly look, feel, and smell better....something I definitely don't like exposing my family to.
The main (and really the REAL) reason why I want, need, have to make my own laundry soap is for my poor baby #2. He has dreadfully awful allergies and eczema. I have to buy the dye-free, fragrance-free soap for him, but even then sometimes there are hidden chemicals that irritate his skin. I've been on a search to find a good soap that won't irritate him, but its hard to find. I usually get ALL Free & Clear, which works the best so far, but going back to my first reason, I don't like having to buy a new bottle every 2 weeks. It gets expensive. I'm telling ya, with 3 little boys running around, I've got LOTS of laundry!
So we're giving homemade soap a try. I searched the internet high and low for a good recipe. They're all basically the same. My sister has been making her own for a while now and handed her tried and true recipe over to me. I let her do all of the testing and dingying of whites for me. We both have hard water (even though she's in Wyoming & I'm in California), so her recipe is adjusted for just that. I've been using it for probably 3 or more weeks now...so far so good! Everything is coming out nice and clean, so there's no complaints here!
Homemade Laundry Soap
- 1/2 bar soap (my sister uses Fels Napa, but since it has fragrance in it, I chose to use Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Castile Bar Soap, which I found at Trader Joes. If you can find it somewhere else, they have LOTS of other scents-which are essential oils, NOT chemical fragrances!- that you might like better for your laundry) Update: Now that I've been using this for a little while now, I can safely say that I LOVE it! It works better than any store bought stuff ever did. The only change that I've made is to the soap. I loved the Dr. Bronner's (I actually loved the peppermint scent!), but it seemed to irritate my little Captain's skin (not as bad as normal detergent, but enough), so I switched to Trader Joe's Oatmeal & Honey soap bars. So far so good!
- 1 cup Borax
- 1 cup Washing Soda
- 1 cup Baking Soda
- 1 cup OxiClean (powdered)
Add all of the ingredients to your food processor, chop until it is a fine powder (NOTE: the soap won't be quite as fine as the rest of the ingredients). Poor into an air-tight container.
For a HE front loaders, use 1 Tbsp.
For normal, non-fancy top-loaders, like my own, use about 1/4 cup.
You can add or subtract the amounts of soap you use according to how your clothes turn out.