I am sensitive to chemical smells, and while I’ve had those allergies corrected so I don’t have a large reaction anymore, I still don’t like the smells. Laundry soap is something that I can’t stand the smell of. I find the smells stick to the clothes forever! I have a friend who’s gone all chemical free, and she’s been making her own laundry soap, and she loves it!
How to Make Liquid Laundry Soap
- Grate one bar of soap with cheese grater or food processor.
- Put grated soap in pan with 2 quarts water and gradually heat, stirring constantly until soap is completely dissolved.
- Put 4.5 gallons of really hot tap water in a 5-gallon bucket (available for free in bakeries at grocery stores, just ask them) and stir in 2 cups of borax and 2 cups of Washing Soda until completely dissolved.
- Pour soap mixture from pan into 5-gallon bucket. Stir well.
- Cover and leave overnight.
- Shake or stir until smooth and pour into gallon jugs or other containers.
- Use 1/2 to 1 cup per load.
These recipes are also a great way to save money on laundry. By my calculations, I am saving over half on my laundry bill by switching
Do you have allergies to perfumes and soaps that you’d like gone? Book an appointment with Linda at Easthouse Center and get your allergies corrected!
A Note About Soap vs. Detergent
There is chemically a difference between soap and detergent. The advantage of conventional laundry detergents is that they are formulated to work specifically in washing machine environments. Many soaps are designed for skin and are not as strong. Some sources suggest that over time, natural soaps can leave buildup in washers.
I’ve found that while this recipe works well for me, it isn’t suitable for all water types and washer types. If you’ve used natural laundry soap and experienced clothes getting dingy, this may be the reason.
So that’s an interesting fairly easy looking DIY recipe to try. What do you use for laundry soap?