06 Oct Getting Soapy In The Laundry Aisle
Laundry has a way of influencing just about every part of our home, doesn’t it. It definitely influences life with our babies!
If you’re like me and find yourself easily overwhelmed by heavy perfumes or are worried about your baby’s skin being irritated by the ingredients in commercial laundry soaps, then this might be right up your alley.
I’ve used this detergent for years and have loved it at all ages with my family. If I had to name three reasons I use it, they’d be:
- Easy – it’s about the quickest, easiest homemade thing I’ve ever made for my family that is genuinely useful and that I am motivated to make again.
- Scent/ingredient control – I choose what I want it to smell like and I know exactly what’s going into it. No surprises or worries.
- Inexpensive – Load for load, it’s about the least expensive way to do laundry that I’ve found yet!
Intrigued? Then here’s what you need to try it for yourself!
- Super Washing Soda (nope, not the same as baking soda)
- Castile or Fels Naptha bar soap (many scented or scentless options)
Each of these ingredients can be found in person at grocery stores and places like Target or online. Making the detergent takes about 5 minutes and is ready to go. Seriously.
In a mixing bowl or other preferred container, put together:
1 cup Super Washing Soda
1 cup Borax
½ cup OxyClean
½ bar of soap, grated
- Mix together with your hands or a spoon and it’s ready to use. Place into a lidded container for storage in your laundry room.
- This creates a batch ready to wash 40-50 regular loads of your family’s laundry.
- In my experience, it is safe for use in all modern washing machines.
- Sprinkle one heaping tablespoon of detergent over a regular load and let it do it’s thing.
- For large, heavy, or extra soiled loads, 1 ½ – 2 heaping tablespoons is enough.
- Pictured above, each container holds a double batch of the amounts listed.
This detergent recipe is about as simple and easy as they come, does not require a lot in supplies or time in maintaining. It is also small and compact to store, once made. If you’re curious, give it a try!
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