At our house, we like the freedom to make different household cleaning items that work great AND save money. One of the things that used to take up quite a bit extra of my grocery budget was laundry soap, and fabric softener. With three girls in the house and a hubby who works out doors we used to go through a lot of laundry in a week, and that can add up!
My family at home has gotten smaller, but I still use my recipe for homemade laundry soap and softener. I know what goes into it, and I know it’s good for us and the environment, not to mention its costs just pennies per load to wash our clothes.
You will need:
1 box of Borax
1 box of Washing Soda
1 4 lb box of Baking Soda
1 container of Oxyclean
3 cups of grated soap flakes.
I use my own homemade soap, but you can use 3 bars Fels Naptha, or Zote, both can be found in the laundry aisle.
I mix mine together in a 3 gallon pail with a tight fitting lid. I keep some in the Oxyclean container with the little scoop that came with the Oxyclean. This is what I use to measure my soap, I use two scoops, or two tablespoons per load.
This makes enough fresh smelling soap for 220 loads of laundry, at about .04 cents per load!
I wash most of my laundry with hot water to make sure the soap dissolves, but I have used warm as well with no problems. I just happen to like washing with hot water.
This simple soap gets my laundry incredibly clean and bright, and for the rinse cycle I use white vinegar with essential oils of lemon or lavender.
I cannot praise white vinegar enough for it’s versatility and just plain effectiveness!
To one quart jar add white vinegar to the top and add 25 drops of essential oil
It helps dissolve soap residue and softens clothes
Whitens and brightens grey dingy laundry
Helps prevent lint and pet hair from clinging to clothes
Towels will become fluffy again because it helps remove the coating that commercial fabric softener leaves
With the added scent and benefit of essential oils your laundry will turn out great!
For extra scent in the dryer, add a couple of drops essential oil to a wash cloth and throw it in with the load, heavenly!