Make your own all-natural laundry soap for only $5
Since early on in our marriage, my husband has had rashes develop where his shirt collar and sleeves touched his skin. We figured switching to an unscented version of laundry soap and dryer sheets would do the trick. Unfortunately, nothing changed in his skin reaction. I did some more research and discovered that there are still hundreds of harmful chemicals allowed in laundry soap and dryer sheets, even the unscented ones. You can check to see how your laundry detergent ranks in the Think Dirty app.
After years of trying to find a laundry detergent that didn't make my husband's skin break out, I looked into homemade laundry soap. Interestingly, it's a easier than I thought and I didn't need many ingredients.
There are some mixed reviews about using Borax. I've tried using both with Borax and without Borax. I feel like my clothes still get just as clean without, so this is my Borax Free recipe.
Besides being very cost effective, the other cool thing about making your own homemade laundry soap, is you get to scent it any way you want. If you are an essential oil user, get excited, because the possibilities are endless. Of course, I am in love with lemon essential oil, lemongrass, and lavender smells. You can also use Purification (a blend) which is great at killing odors. The brand of essential oils I use here.
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- 1 bar of Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap (unscented)
- 1/2 cup Baking Soda
- 1 cup Washing Soda
- 1/4 cup Coarse Sea Salt or Epsom Salt (Costco is cheapest)
- 10 drops essential oil of your choice, I use Purification or Lemon (my favorite oils)
1. Grate the soap with a cheese grater or use the shredder blade on your
food processor (I highly suggest a food processor).
2. Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl with a big spoon or spatula, except the essential oil.
3. Add the essential oils slowly at the end, mixing as you drop it in.
4. Put in an airtight container such as mason jars.
5. Use 1 Tbsp. per load or 2-3 Tbsp. for heavily soiled items.
One thing I always recommend is ditching the dryer sheets, which are loaded with harmful chemicals. Get dryer balls!! They are really inexpensive and last forever. I get mine on Amazon.
- They cut down on drying time
- They are cheaper than buying dryer sheets
- Scent them with your favorite essential oils (lemon, Lavender, Lime)
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