With a family of four and a farm, we do a lot of laundry in my house. This means a lot of laundry detergent. I want to save money and cut down on the amount of chemicals I expose my family to. By making my own laundry soap from all natural ingredients,I accomplish both these goals.
The ingredients that I use are :
- Castile Soap
What is Castile Soap?
Castile soap is a natural liquid or hard soap made from vegetable oils.
Why do I use this instead of regular bar soaps?
According to the authors of “The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City,” Castile soap does not contain synthetic fragrances or detergents that can upset the balance of the environment when it enters the wastewater stream. Because the formula is nontoxic, most people don’t need to wear rubber gloves or worry about skin irritation while cleaning with Castile soap. Castile soap is also great for sensitive skin, my kiddos are very pale and have ultra sensitive skin. So using this to make my laundry detergent makes the most sense for my family.
2. Washing Soda:
This is a natural mineral powder , also known as,sodium carbonate. It is a natural degreaser and deodorizer.
Another natural mineral powder made from sodium tetraborate. It acts as a stain remover and odor neutralizer.
For this recipe you will need:
1 Cup Borax
1 cup Washing soda
1 Bar all natural Castile Soap
Lavender essential oil (or sent of your choice)
Grate bar of soap using a cheese grater or a food processor. I use a food processor; it’s quicker and makes the soap finer. Chop the bar into small pieces and then chop until fine in the food processor.
Mix the grated soap, borax and washing soda in a large bowl. Add 50 drops essential oil mix. Then I put the mix back in the food processor for another round. This makes the soap finer and thoroughly mixes all ingredients.
I use 1/6 of a cup for medium loads and 1/3 cup for large or really soiled clothes.
Looking for an all natural laundry solution, but don’t have time to make your own?
Watkins All Natural Products are a great alternative to making your own. They have been around since 1868 and are still made from natural ingredients in the USA. Check it out :HERE