It’s that time again, it’s always that time. *sigh* Laundry time! 6 years ago (you know, sans children) I could never imagine the sheer amount of laundry that I would do in a week and there is ALWAYS a pile left. When I get to the bottom of the pile, I feel so good about having it all done that I decide at that moment that it is time to change ALL of the sheets and towels. I guess I do it to myself. 😦 Anywho, I decided a while ago that I wanted to put less junk into the water that we’ll eventually drink and found a recipe online for a laundry soap that is easy to make and uses ingredients that I can cross utilize in other areas of the home. It may seem odd to make your own laundry soap, but for us it makes sense. By making my own I save money, resources, the earth and time. So it really is a win-win for us. It takes maybe 10 minutes and lasts quite a while, even with all of the laundry that I do. So here it is….
2 cups of shaved bar soap (I love Dr. Bronners peppermint, small shave)
I use either a box grater or hard cheese grater, both work well
*Update* I’ve since moved onto a kitchen aid. I use the shredder attachment and it takes minutes to whip up a batch!!
1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup Baking Soda
Pick your container, add the ingredients, cover and shake well to break up soap.
PLEASE cover while you shake because the powders will create a dust that you won’t want to inhale. 🙂
I use less than a 1/4 cup per load and I usually double the recipe so I won’t have to make it for a while.
Give it a shake every once and a while because the soap shavings can tend to settle on the bottom
I also use vinegar as fabric softener. 🙂
Now off to actually do the laundry…