I've been making homemade laundry soap for the past year or so & I'm not looking back. It's so cheap & environmentally friendly that I'm relatively certain I will be making it for the rest of my days. The only problem is the liquid version is a tad time consuming to make & it definitely takes up storage space. As I have neared the end of my liquid supply I figured now was the time to take the plunge to powder.
The recipe is basically the same as the traditional homemade laundry soap, it just eliminates the unnecessary water & the energy needed to melt the soap (yeah to saving water & energy!). The recipe is simply:
- 1 bar of soap (I use 5 of the same type of unscented hotel soap to approximate 1 regular size bar)
- 1 cup of Borax
- 1 cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
For regular washing machines you will use 2 tablespoons per load, while HE washers will use 1 tablespoon. This detergent is chlorine & phosphate free, so it is eco-friendly, and borax & washing soda can be bought for under $6 combined (depending on your area). I have no idea how long one batch will last, but the liquid would last our family around 6 months in an HE washer, so it is well worth the minimal effort.
Combine your homemade detergent with a splash of white vinegar for a fabric softener & you've got a cheap & extremely environmentally friendly wash routine. Just remember to let the sunshine dry those clothes!