I've decided to take the natural cleaning to another level with a DIY laundry soap. I'm going to give you two recipes, I've used both and love both. One is liquid and the other is powdered. These do require a little more than my previous recipes, most ingredients aren't ones you would just have on hand. For the liquid soap it makes quite a bit, I use enough vinegar, between cleaning and as a fabric softener, that I reuse the plastic jug for my liquid soap, usually around 5-6. I like that I can make each gallon jug a different scent, fruity, floral, woodsy, or a mix of different oils. It's all totally up to you and your preference.
I will do the liquid recipe first..
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup arm and hammer super washing soda, this is not baking soda!
- 5.5 oz fels-naptha soap (I make my own but you can find it on amazon)
- 5 gallon bucket
- essential oil of your choice
First, grate the fels-naptha soap, add it to a pot with 4 cups hot water, put on med-high and stir until completely melted. Right around 10 minutes
Fill up a 5 gallon bucket about half way with hot water, I set the bucket on a chair and use the hose at the kitchen sink but you could also use your tub. Pour in the melted soap mixture and stir. Add your borax and washing soda and stir. If you want all 5 gallons to smell the same you can add your oil now, if you want to do each gallon different you can add your oil after it is in the gallon jug. I add as many drops as it takes for it to smell the way I want it to. Fill the bucket up with warm water, to the top and stir again. It should look watery with clumps of gel, if you don't have that, snap the lid on and let it sit for 24 hours before pouring into your gallon buckets. If you prefer a smoother liquid, use and immersion blender. Now you're set to pour your soap into gallon jugs, I use a funnel to help. I usually use 6 gallon jugs so they are not completely full and I can shake them before each use. Once it is poured into separate jugs, if you have not added essential oil don't forget to do so! And there ya go! DIY liquid laundry soap.
Now for the powdered laundry soap.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- 1/2 bar castile soap
- 1 1/2 cups washing soda
- 2 tbsp Epsom salts
- 20 drops essential oil
Grate the castile soap into a large bowl. You can use a food processor, I use a cheese grater. Add in washing soda and Epsom salts. Mix well. Add your essential oil and mix. Store in a glass jar. I use a 1oz scoop and pour in my washing machine with my clothes.
This is by far a quicker recipe than the liquid. I have used both and don't notice too much of a difference on how well they clean. I think it is just preference for each person. These are both definitely cheaper and safer than normal laundry soaps and during times like these it is nice to make your own in case people buy all the cleaning products in stores!
Hope you enjoy learning how to make your own cleaning products! I have a few more recipes coming soon!