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Homemade Laundry Soap
A few months ago my friend Heather inspired me to try making my own laundry detergent. I’d become increasingly frustrated with the high price of HE detergents and increasingly aware that their ingredients weren’t good for my family or our water supply. Guess what? Within a few loads, I was hooked. No more Tide for me - I love homemade laundry soap. I decided to make a special “lavender-infused” batch and package it up in pretty glass canning jars with fancy labels to give to my girlfriends for Christmas. Here’s my recipe (essentially the same as one provided by Eco Pioneer, although I find I use much less than the 1/2 cup per load they recommend).
1 part pure Borax
1 part washing soda
2 parts pure soap flakes (plus a touch of organic, biodegradable lavender bar soap grated by hand)
Before commercial cleaners became widely available in the 1940s, household cleaning was accomplished by combining basic ingredients such as soap flakes, borax, washing soda and baking soda. Ask your grandmother how she accomplished her chores as a young woman and you’re likely to hear about vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice and other non-toxic cleaners that went out of fashion a generation later (and are slowly coming back into fashion thanks to the environmental movement). Homemade laundry soap is economical, environmentally friendly, effective, gentle on the skin, free from dangerous toxins and a pleasure to use. It is safe for HE washing machines as it does not contain SLS or other chemicals to increase suds.
I hope you enjoy this laundry detergent. I would never go back to commercially available detergents now (and that means a lot coming from someone who does 10+ loads of laundry per week!).
Instructions for Use
Pretreat stubborn stains as usual. Add 2 heaping tablespoons of Homemade Laundry Soap to your wash (directly into the machine with the clothing). Use any temperature of water (I prefer cold but often run the hot for a minute to get the soap started). For heavily soiled loads, add another tablespoon or so of soap. Safe for baby clothes.

Homemade Laundry Soap

A few months ago my friend Heather inspired me to try making my own laundry detergent. I’d become increasingly frustrated with the high price of HE detergents and increasingly aware that their ingredients weren’t good for my family or our water supply. Guess what? Within a few loads, I was hooked. No more Tide for me - I love homemade laundry soap. I decided to make a special “lavender-infused” batch and package it up in pretty glass canning jars with fancy labels to give to my girlfriends for Christmas. Here’s my recipe (essentially the same as one provided by Eco Pioneer, although I find I use much less than the 1/2 cup per load they recommend).

  • 1 part pure Borax
  • 1 part washing soda
  • 2 parts pure soap flakes (plus a touch of organic, biodegradable lavender bar soap grated by hand)

Before commercial cleaners became widely available in the 1940s, household cleaning was accomplished by combining basic ingredients such as soap flakes, borax, washing soda and baking soda. Ask your grandmother how she accomplished her chores as a young woman and you’re likely to hear about vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice and other non-toxic cleaners that went out of fashion a generation later (and are slowly coming back into fashion thanks to the environmental movement). Homemade laundry soap is economical, environmentally friendly, effective, gentle on the skin, free from dangerous toxins and a pleasure to use. It is safe for HE washing machines as it does not contain SLS or other chemicals to increase suds.

I hope you enjoy this laundry detergent. I would never go back to commercially available detergents now (and that means a lot coming from someone who does 10+ loads of laundry per week!).

Instructions for Use

Pretreat stubborn stains as usual. Add 2 heaping tablespoons of Homemade Laundry Soap to your wash (directly into the machine with the clothing). Use any temperature of water (I prefer cold but often run the hot for a minute to get the soap started). For heavily soiled loads, add another tablespoon or so of soap. Safe for baby clothes.

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