For awhile now I have been torn between the world of frugality and that of environmental and non toxic products.
Wanting to buy the more natural products, but not wanting to waste money or time.
Enter the magical realm of DIY, I never thought it would be possible to make my own laundry soap that is natural, safe, effective AND cheap!
But it is true, and easy!
Natural (Borax free) Liquid Laundry Soap
- 4 litres Hot Water
- 1/3 C Washing Soda
- 1/3 C Baking Soda
- 3/4 Castile Soap (scent of choice, I used unscented)
- 15 – 30 Essential Oil of choice (I used lemon, jasmine and lavender)
- 4 litre Glass Jar (a little bigger if you want to mix right in it)
Combine the ingredients in the jar itself if space allows or in a food grade pail.
- Add the washing soda.
- Add enough hot water to dissolve the powder.
- Add baking soda
- Stir until dissolved
- Add the rest of the hot water leaving enough room at the top for the castile soap.
- Make sure to add the castile soap last, otherwise the bubbles will over flow!
- Mix castile soap with essential oils in a small glass bowl
- Using a rubber spatula scrap the soap and oil mixture into the water and soda mix.
- Stir gently to combine
Depending on the temperature where you store the jar the contents may clump up in the jar slightly, this does not effect how well the soap works, just shake the jar before using.
Use some white vinegar scented with essential oils in the fabric softener compartment of your machine for soft static free clothes!
It takes about 1/3 of a cup of the liquid per load.
This batch makes about 51 loads worth, at a cost of 0.14$ per load! That beats the cheapest leading natural laundry soap brand at 0.18$ per load and the cheapest leading commercial brand at a whopping $0.35!
It took me about 10 minutes to put it all together, and all the ingredients can be found on Amazon with free shipping!
Tie or tap a wooden handle to your 1/3 measuring cup, this way you don’t have to stick your hand in the jar when the liquid gets low. 😁