Today my Mother and I made some laundry soap! We got the amazing recipe from a friend we went to church with. She gave us two recipes for laundry soap. One for a dry soap and one for a liquid soap, along with a recipe for dishwasher soap! As I’ve ventured into the world of essential oils, I’ve become more and more aware of the chemicals and harmful ingredients in just about everything we use in our daily lives. I am trying to slowly make the switch to natural or homemade products in our cleaning, cooking, and personal care. I’m not saying I’m turning into a crazy all organic, all natural junkie but I definitely believe in being more aware of what we are putting into our bodies. Since we are in the middle of moving, starting our laundry out with a homemade detergent seemed like a great place to start. The best part about it is the cost! The liquid recipe makes 10 gallons and when you buy the ingredients, you’ll have enough to make it again several times. AMAZING. So here is what you’ll need for the liquid laundry detergent.
- Hot water
- 1 bar of Fels or Zote laundry soap
- 1 Cup arm&hammer super washing soda
- 1/2 C. Borax
- optional: 1 scoop oxyclean
- optional: 5-15 drops of your favorite Young Living Essential oil per gallon
- cheese grater
- 5 gallon bucket
- Glass jugs or jars to store finished soap
STEP ONE: grate the bar of Fels or Zote soap
STEP TWO: Melt grated soap in 4 Cups of hot water
STEP THREE: Add melted bar soap to a 5 gallon bucket that has been pre-filled halfway full of hot water
STEP FOUR: Add dry ingredients (washing soda, Borax, oxyclean) and stir until dissolved.
STEP FIVE: cover bucket and let it sit over night. It will thicken!
STEP SIX: Don’t be alarmed when you open your bucket the next morning! It literally turns into a jello consistency! It’s pretty cool. You will be adding hot water to this jello and mixing until its smooth again. I found it was easier to shove my hands into the jello before adding water and break it up by grabbing fistfuls and squeezing it through my fingers. Although, I mostly did that cause it was super fun, but it did make mixing it with water a little easier.
STEP SEVEN: At this point you can do this a number of ways. You can separate the concentrate in to 10, single gallon jugs, filling each with half concentrate and half water. Or you can leave it in the bucket and fill your designated laundry soap container when needed with half concentrate and half water. It does solidify some again if you leave it in the bucket so beware of that. Now is when you can add your essential oils!
PLEASE NOTE: If you are planning to add essential oils, it is important you wait until you are placing your mixture in a glass container. Essential oils have toxin pulling properties and will pull toxins from your jugs and buckets if they are made of plastic.
I plan to keep mine in the bucket until I am ready to fill my glass dispenser which will be stored on my folding counter. You’ll want to consider the size of your container and how strong you would like your scent to be when adding your essential oils. I’ll be adding about 12 drops per gallon. 8 drops of purification due to its odor killing power and 4 drops of lemon because I love its’ fresh, sweet scent. I may also make a small batch in a separate jar with Lavender and Cedarwood and use that to wash my sheets for a calming, sleep inducing scent.
Let me know your favorite combinations and enjoy saving money and living clean!