Is anyone else out there tired of paying out the wazoo for laundry soap that is watered down and filled with chemicals (even the "free and clear" ones) that are unpronounceable?
Well I say enough is enough! I began searching the web for a recipe and in the end I made my own recipe. With two (messy) boys in the house I wanted something with extra cleaning power and I didn't want to have to cook it. Here is my recipe just for you that will get your clothes super clean and wont fade the colors. This is the type of laundry soap our grandmothers used in their day and we all know how awesome they are at getting stains out of clothes.
I am also working on several other homemade items (fabric softener, reusable dryer sheets, all purpose cleaner, etc) that I will be sharing as I complete them.
I hope you enjoy and share it with your friends and family!
I found all of these items in the laundry isle of our local grocery store.
1 Cup Borax
1 1/2 Cups Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (not to be confused with baking soda)
1 Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap
Initially purchasing these items will cost approximately $6.50 but you can make a bunch of batches with one box of each.
Grate the whole Fels-Naptha bar on the smallest grate size.
This is the step that takes the longest. It took me about 15 minutes of continuous grating to do the whole bar.
This is what it should look like when your finished.
Combine the super soda wash....
I use my mixing stand for many things. :) Run on low until evenly mixed. If you don't have a mixing stand you can simply use a whisk and bowl.
This is what it will look like when your finished. The smell is so fresh too!
You want to store it in an air tight container. I made a small batch the first time to ensure it was something I liked and it fit nicely into a mason jar, plus you can give it a good shake each time to ensure the mixture is even. I plan on making a huge batch next time when I find a massive mason jar to store it in. :)
There you have it. Easy, right? Use 2 tablespoons (yes you read that right) in each load and put the soap in first to mix with the water. Without all the watering down and extra chemicals it doesn't take much to get your clothes clean. :) If you want you could even add a little tea tree oil to each load for a fresh smell and it is a natural disinfectant so it's great for cloth diapers and sweaty workout clothes!
I'm linking up!