I can get into the harsh chemicals and fragrances that are in laundry soap but considering most of us can’t even pronounce half of them why bother. I’m guessing, if you’re interested in this post you have already discovered that the soap you have been using for all these years is just not the best route to take. So let’s skip the details that we all already know and get to the good stuff.
This recipe is super duper easy, the three things you need:
• Washing soda
• Bar of soap (preferably Dr. Bronners)
You can add essential oils as well if you would like a scent. Lavendar, lemon, tea tree are great options. Play around and find what tickles your fancy.
You want equal parts of all three, so if you use one bar of soap it’s one cup of borax and one cup of washing soda. If you use two bars of soap you use two cups of borax and….you get the idea.
You want to grate the soap, yes, like cheese. Then dump everything is a food processor, I found using a blender just made everything get stuck at the bottom. The food processor has more space at the bottom that allows everything to mix together more easily. By using the food processor it will grind your grated soap to a corse powder, which helps it break down faster in the washing machine. Leaving it grated works but it will get stuck to your clothes, not so much fun when washing darks.
That’s it people, you have got yourself some homemade pure laundry soap. I use a cup from an old laundry container and scoop just the bottom line of the container. 1:1 ration lasts us usually about 3 months. Doubling or even tripling your ratios can give you quite a bit of soap, leaving you extra time to can up some beans!