Do you make your own laundry soap? If not, would you like to learn how? It will save money with a little effort and I must say it is rather rewarding.
I don't know how long I've been making my own but I know its probably close to 3 years if not longer. I started out with:
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
1 grated bar of fels naphtha soap
I think I changed the measurements so that it would fit in a quart jar. It takes a bit of effort and elbow power to shred the bar of soap but it always felt so good to see the jar of laundry soap be refilled.
Right now I'm trying to recover from burnout and the life long effects of trauma and abuse so I have hardly any energy to spare. I found another recipe that I now use that doesn't need a grated bar of soap, as follows:
1/2 cup Epsom salt
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup washing soda
1/4 cup sea salt
20-25 drops essential oils(optional
This one is quick and easy. Just mix everything together and pour into a jar or whatever container you want to use. I generally use citrus or flowery types of essential oils but you can choose to leave them out or use whatever scent you prefer. I love how it smells when I open it up to use. You only need a tablespoon or two per load but I generally just dump a little bit in the soap compartment of the washer or sprinkle it on top of my clothes if I happen to be washing by hand.
There are some more dry and liquid recipes that I haven't tried. Mostly because I don't have the energy right now. But below I will share links to more recipies and then you can have the fun of trying one or all...
Dry Laundry Detergents:
Liquid Laundry Detergents:
Using soap nuts:
Reasons why you shouldn't use homemade laundry soap:
Please let me know in the comments what your favorite one is. Or if you had a fail and don't mind sharing, please do, it may save someone else from repeating the same thing...