Homemade laundry soap
1 bar grated Castille Soap Bar, 2 cups Borax, 2 cups Washing Soda, 1 cup baking soda, 15 drops lavender essential oil, 15 drops peppermint essential oil.
Combine all ingredients and store in an air tight container. Use 1/4 cup per large load (adjust accordingly)
Powdered laundry detergent
1 bar (or 4.5 ounces) shaved bar soap (a homemade laundry bar/Dr. Bronner’s, Kirk’s Castile Saop/ Ivory/ ZOTE/Fels-Naptha), 1 cup borax, 1 cup washing soda.
Thoroughly stir together for several minutes. You can blend the mixture in a blender to create a powder that will dissolve easily even in cold water. (Just be sure to let the dust settle before removing the lid of your blender or food processor so you don’t inhale the fine particles.) Store in a sealed container with a small scoop. 1 tbsp per wash load.
Liquid laundry detergent
1 bar of grated bar soap (Homemade or natural store bought), 1 cup of washing soda, 1 cup of borax (or additional washing soda), 20 drops of lemon or lime essential oils, pptional: 1 cup of oxygen booster.
Grate the soap using a hand grater or food processor. Grate into fine particles so it dissolves easily. Carefully mix with the washing soda and borax (use gloves or a spoon as these can by drying if used directly on skin). Add essential oils and stir. Store in an air-tight glass jar. Use 1-2 tablespoons per load. Add 1 tablespoon of oxygen booster if needed.
Homemade fabric softener
5,5 cups water, 15 oz/400gram hair conditioner, 2.5 cups white vinegar, 20 drops of essential oil for fragrance (optional, especially if your conditioner has a nice scent).
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Pour into empty storage container (such as empty fabric soft container). Use approximately 1/4 cup per normal washload.
What you need to get the cleaning effect:
Bar Soap (always) – Coconut oil-based soaps are best, but tallow and lard can also be used. (here’s how to make it, here’s where to buy it, and here’s another brand that also works well). Click here to learn how to render tallow.
Baking Soda (sometimes) – No one uses this in commercial formulas. Fortunately, if you have some on hand you can use it to make washing soda.
Borax (no)- Opinions are split on whether this product is safe, so I avoid it when possible. Fortunately washing soda perform the same function, so you’re not missing out on anything. Borax works better in hot water.
Lemon Essential Oil (yes) – Works well as a stain remover and de-greaser. Dab a few drops on stains and then throw them in the wash.
Vinegar (yes) – Though not a part of the main recipe, Use 1/2 cup vinegar as a rinse for two reasons. Laundry detergent has a very alkaline pH, which can irritate skin. Using a vinegar rinse resets the pH to a skin-friendly level. It helps dissolve excess detergent and salts off clothes.
Oxiclean Free or Peroxide (sometimes) – For brightening whites. (Oxiclean is fairly inexpensive and can be found in most grocery stores or online. The perfume-free version is simply a mixture of sodium percarbonate (powdered hydrogen peroxide) and washing soda, which are both non-toxic.)