All natural, chemical free laundry soap is cheap and easy to make. The basic recipe contains Washing Soda and a pure soap. Other “basic” recipes might include Borax and essential oils. They aren’t necessary, but boost the power of the soap and add scents. From there, there are many levels of ingredients to add.
This recipe makes 1 gallon for 64 loads.
3 bars pure soap (Fels-Naptha, Zote, Ivory, Castile…)
1 box Borax
1 box Washing Soda
Essential Oil of Choice (40 drops) (I use Lemon with either Lavender or Orange)
Bowl, Knife, Grater, Grinder/Food processor (I use small coffee grinder because that’s what I have), Measuring cup.
Pour 1 box each of Washing Soda and Borax in the bowl.
Cut the soap into small pieces to grate and put into the grinder/processor. I used to only grate the soap, but it kept separating from the powder. Now I put it in the food processor to make it a powder and it stays mixed.
Use about 1/3 of the bar at a time for a small grinder. Add about 1-2 Tbs of the powder mix to the soap before grinding to keep it from clumping.
Before pouring it back into the bowl, add a few drops of essential oil per each of the batches for a total of 40 drops.
Pour back into the bowl. Repeat with the rest of the soap.
All the powdered soap should be gently stirred in with the rest of the powder mix. *You might want to cover your mouth and nose with something as the powder with be in the air.
*You might have an invisible layer of soap powder on your arms and hands when you’re done. Don’t forget to wash up. No need for soap 🙂
Pour into a container with a lid.
How to use:
Add 2 Tbs (1/4 Cup) (I add it to the water before adding my clothes)
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