What do you get when you combine handmade soap, washing soda, vinegar, and an old t-shirt? The beginnings to a wonderfully natural laundry regimen of course! It’s easy, cost effective, and better for you and the environment. It’s also extremely gratifying to create something with you own hands. Here’s what you need to make a 2 lb batch of laundry powder.
Ingredients:1 lb handmade, cold process soap
- many soap makers offer soap chunks or pre-grated soap
8 oz borax ($2.35 for 76 oz)
8 oz washing soda ($2.21 for a 48 oz)
- optional: 1 tsp essential oil
To Make Laundry Soap:
- Grate Soap with box grater on smallest shred into large bowl.
- Measure powders into bowl by weight.
- Wearing gloves, mix powders by hand. I also recommend wearing a dust mask as the mixing process can generate a lot of excess dust.
- If you desire, add up to 1 tsp essential oil of your choice and mix thoroughly.
- Also, if using essential oils you should always wear gloves as they are highly concentrated and should not be used on skin in their undiluted state. All essential oils should be used with caution if you are pregnant, nursing, or have heart related illnesses or epilepsy. Always research any essential oils you may use and consult your physician regarding any concerns.
- I really love lavender, but in the winter months I lean toward tea tree oil or eucalyptus. Citrus oils like orange and lime are also excellent choices for laundry powder.
- I suggest running your powder mix through a food processor to get it as fine as possible. This helps combine the ingredients and also dissolves better in your washing machine.
- Store the powder in an airtight container.
- In wash water add 1 Tbl per regular load or 2 Tbl for heavy and large loads. A batch this size should give you a hundred plus loads.
- Handmade laundry soap does not create foam and bubbles like commercial detergents. This makes it perfect for HE machines. And because it is made with natural ingredients it is safe for babies clothes too!
Stay tuned to find out how you can get your clothes soft without the use of commercial softeners and dryer sheets!
How-to by : Life Soap Simple