You know the homemade laundry soap recipe that floats around the Internet? Well, it took me awhile to embrace it.
First, I tried that and a few other varieties, but my laundry slowly turned gray. Then, I discovered that the odors seemed to linger. I could not seem to keep enough lavender essential oil in my container, and so I really was not sold on the idea. I knew I needed to be frugal, but I needed clean laundry…Then there was the issue of harsh chemicals in the soaps used to make it.
So I tried soap nuts.
They are great, and God’s amazing creation….but again, I found that they still did not completely clean and remove odors from my laundry….Particularly since I am the only female in my household! I added an oxiclean solution to boost the laundry, but I still found them not quite what I wanted.
So, I launched into figuring out my own recipe
I looked around the Internet at some of the recipes, and constructed my own. Typically, I do not like using the Fels-Naptha soap, which many people use—just the smell of Fels-Naptha drives everyone out of the room, and it burns my teenager’s throat. Instead, I prefer using Pure Soap Flakes (shown in photo). There are no dyes or perfumes in my Pure Soap Flakes brand; it is allergy free and pre-shredded. Plus, the cost is not that expensive for the quality.
Allergy-Free Laundry Soap Recipe
1 part washing soda
1 part Borax
1 part Pure Soap Flakes (see link above)
About 20 drops of essential oil of your choice…lavender, citrus, etc.
Do I think this works as well as commercial laundry soap? Well, probably not. Unfortunately, there is a reason behind the use of chemicals in our society. But, this is the best recipe I found that works.
If you have tough stains or odors, here is Another Oxiclean recipe, or brighten or clean the load. Also, you can pour in 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide per large wash load. I will even allow the whole mixture to soak for a few hours in the machine, if I am washing an exceptionally dirty load. All of this works, and it will save you money!
What do you use in your laundry soap recipe?