I am often asked what crazy things I’m up to. It seems to entertain some that I do these, apparently, strange things like make my own sauerkraut and beer. And for others, they have said it makes them tired just hearing about it.
I don’t think I’m the kind that never shuts off. But I do like to be busy. And I do like the feeling of taking an active role in the creation of the things my family uses. I know what’s in them. I know that harmful chemicals and other potential toxins aren’t slipped in. That they are not only better for my family, but the environment as well. I know that they are fresh and wholesome.
It’s a bonus that I am usually saving money as well. And this one is a perfect example.
Laundry detergent can be filled with stuff like alkyl phenol ethoxylates, ammonia and phosphates. The results can range from skin irritations to immune disruption, poisoning and even cancer.
Did you know that even Seventh Generation is considered toxic and potentially harmful?
Read more about it here.
Making your own laundry soap is super easy. It’s fast and it’s CHEAP!
Here’s what you need –
2c finely grated castile soap – 1 bar (I use Kirk’s for this. It’s the cheapest I have found)
1c baking soda
1c soda ash (super washing soda)
*essential oils of your choosing if you would like to make it scented. I prefer lavender or grapefruit.
Grate the soap very fine in a food processor or with a hand grater. Mix everything in a large bowl, adding the scent a little at a time to be sure it gets mixed well.
Makes – 5 cups
Use – 1/8c per load
Cost – 2-6 cents a load!
The higher being with a heavy amount of essential oils and top price for the products.
You can make it a liquid soap by adding water and heat. Use a 5 gallon bucket to mix and store it in.
For liquid soap –
1 bar grated castile soap
1c washing soda
1/2c baking soda
3 gallons water
Add the soap to 6c water in a pan. Heat until the soap melts. Add the sodas and borax and stir until it dissolves. Remove from heat. In a large bucket add 4c hot water. Add the soap mixture and stir. Add remainder of water and stir. It will take about 24 hours for the soap to gel.
Use – 1/4 – 1/2c per load
Cost – 2-6 cents per load!
Now let’s compare….
Tide Laundry Detergent costs $17.97 for 96 loads. 19 cents per load.
Contains (ingredients list) ethanol, phospates, alcohol sulfates, benzene sulfonic acid and other potentially harmful chemicals.
Home-made laundry soap costs approximately $10.04 or less for economy sizes. Roughly 5 cents per load.
Contains sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), sodium carbonate (washing soda), sodium tetraborate (borax), coconut oil and vegetable glycerin. And takes an extra 10 minutes to prepare.
And to add to the fabulousness (it’s a word. sort of) of home-made laundry soap, it works just as well. Swear!
Oh, and you get to scent it any way you like. I love that part.
Have you made your own laundry soap?