Thursday, February 21, 2013

DIY Laundry Soap

We have been mixing our own laundry soap since we got married 8 years ago. There were a few times when we got lazy  busy and bought some from a store, but this has been the recipe we've followed and still follow today.

Homemade Laundry Soap:
1 Cup Baking Soda
1 Cup Borax
1 Cup color safe, powdered bleach
1 bar of grated soap (Fels-Naptha, Ivory, Sunlight, Kirk’s Hardwater Castile, and Zote. Avoid using heavily perfumed soaps.)

Pour ingredients into a large bucket or Tupperware and stir together until well combined. Grate your soap with a cheese grater. I like to triple the batch so I don't have to make it so often.

Once finished, you can add 1/4 cup per large load of laundry. (a little more for Super Plus).

So,  who thought of this recipe and why do these ingredients work so well together? First off, I don't know exactly where the source of this recipe originated. Micah's Mom got it from her ladies church group, who got it from a friend, who got it from another friend. Ive seen many variations of this recipe online using similar ingredients, but not sure which one is superior. Anywho, I thought it would be handy to post it here so I can refer to it more easily the next time someone asks,"So what do you use for laundry soap?" Click. Link. Here it is.

Second, why does it work so well? Well, I looked up a few things about each ingredient to help me break down why this is helping my laundry stay so fresh and clean. This is what I found:

Borax will whiten your whites, remove soap residue from your clothes, neutralize odors, disinfect clothing,  and soften hard water.
Baking Soda: Less harsh on the environment than synthetic perfumes, reduces bacterias and loosens soil on clothing, a natural fabric softener, eliminates odors, and controls suds.
Powdered Bleach: Laundry booster, stain remover, odor fighter, not as harsh on fabric as chlorine bleach.
Bar soap: Acts as an emulsifying agent, suspending dirt and oil, and also adds fresh, yummy smells to laundry.

So there ya have it; Laundry soap without the heavy chemicals, harsh detergents, or strong perfumes. Is  great for people with sensitive skin, or those who want to save money, or those who want to cut back on chemicals in the home.
**The only disadvantage of making your own soap is that you miss out on all those caps for making cute n' colorful music shakers.


Hilary-Dilary-Dock said...

It's true about this soap. It works very well! I haven't been grating a whole bar of fels-naptha, though. Usually I just grate it 'til I have a cup of it. I ran out of Borax, and have been trying White King instead. I think it is making the whites whiter than Borax did. Thank you for this recipe, Sally! I've been using it for I think 2 years now, ever since I made you tell me for the 2nd time and I actually wrote it down! I also make at least a triple batch at a time. Good, cheap way to get your clothes super clean!

Da Denninghoff's said...

We made something similar in our relief society in Hawaii. It seemed cost effective:)

Sally Jackson said...

I agree Hilary, that the felz naptha can be a little too strong for shredding the entire bar. I used to follow the one-cup method, bu I guess I lost track and started grading the whole bar in there. I like the smell of the naptha best! And yes Nita, it's cheaper, too! Win-win!