I know the thought of making your own laundry detergent can seem daunting an unnecessary, but I swear this is an easy process and that this recipe really works! After using this recipe for a year we recently moved, and it took me a while to make another batch. I noticed a HUGE different in the softness of our clothes as well as the lack of stain removal from my regular soap. That being said I know my Mom is reading this and cursing me for being so uptight about something so silly!
That being said, there are many, many benefits of making your own laundry soap. For starters this is a very “clean” recipe. It has very few ingredients and you get to know exactly what is touching your family’s skin. For something used so regularly to wash things that you wear every day, laundry soap has some very dirty ingredients in it!
This recipe is also very cost efficient. If you have an HE machine as I do, you will only need to make soap twice a year.
What you will need:
- 16 cups of baking soda – 4 1 kg boxes.
- 12 cups borax – 1 1/4 boxes, so you will need to buy 2. I keep the leftover for stain treatment.
- 8 cups grated castile soap – I use this one by Dr. Bronner’s.
- 3 tsp essential oil – I don’t typically do this as I prefer unscented.
- Large bowl for mixing (the larger the better!)
- Measuring cup.
- Blender or cheese grater.
- Suitable airtight container for storing your soap. I use one meant for cookies.
Step 1: When I first attempted this recipe I was scared to put soap in my blender, so I grated it instead. This was very time consuming. It is much easier to cut your bars of soap into 1/8ths, and blend. You need to do this in small batches – just one bar at a time, as the soap gets too thick and heavy. This method works really well, you just need to be sure to give your blender a good cleaning after you are done.
Note that there are a few lumps and bumps in the blended soap – this is okay!
Step 2: Add your baking soda and borax to the mix (you can also add your essential oil if you wish).
Step 3: Mix, mix, mix! Carefully spoon soap mixture into container.
- Regular machine: 1/2 cup (more for really dirty laundry)
- HE machine: 1 tablespoon (it really goes a long way and lasts for about 6 months!)
Keep soap within arms reach of your laundry machine:
Borax is great to use for stain removal as well. Simply mix a bit of borax with a bit of water to form a paste. Let sit for 30 minutes then throw in the washing machine.
I keep this handy Martha Stewart stain chart in my laundry room at all times for reference on best stain removal methods: