With 12 people and a load of cloth diapers every night, we wash a lot of laundry. I have used this recipe of homemade laundry soap for about 10 years and I love it. It smells very simple, cleans great, and is all natural.
We had many children dealing with eczema and I had to be careful with the detergents I put on their clothing, this solved many of the rash problems.
We make a large 5 gallon bucket of this up and it lasts us about 2 months. You can scale down the recipe and make smaller ice cream bucket sized.
- grate 2 Fels Naptha bar soap and place in large stock pot and fill about 1/2 of the way with water.
- stir over medium heat until melted, be careful as this will boil over if you are not paying attention.
- when completely melted add 2 cups of borax and 2 cups of washing soda.
- stir until thoroughly combined.
- pour this into a large 5 gallon bucket and fill the rest of the way with hot tap water.
- whisk it a few times to combine everything and place lid on
- let sit overnight
In the morning you will have a nice gelled substance.
I use my old caps from laundry bottles and scoop out about 1/2 cup per load in my HE washer.
Leaves no residue on clothing.
When your bucket of soap gets about half way down and the gel is pretty thick you can add about a half-gallon container of water and re whisk it up.
Watch for tomorrows post...fabric softener…why use it?