Contrary to the popular believe, living a healthy life actually save your money a lot more. For you who just begin the natural living, you may feel a little bit overwhelmed to find the right starting point. One of the easiest ways is by changing store-bought product into some homemade one. By making your own product, you can make sure that all ingredients are safe and, of course, natural. For a very beginner, homemade laundry soap is a good choice to start learning producing your own goods.
Why Should We Choose Homemade Laundry Soap?
The homemade soaps works wonderfully – just like your regular store bought soaps. The making process is not complicated and it comes with lower price. All the ingredients can be bought in many organic and natural shops. In short, this DIY laundry soap is suitable for those who want to migrate to natural living.
Since this homemade laundry soap contained only organic and natural ingredients, it is safer for your skin and the environment. The conventional laundry soaps are usually composed with chemicals like phenols, sulfates, perfumes, and others. Some people are allergic to perfume since fragrance is well known to cause irritation. Another famous ingredient of laundry soap is petroleum distillates which closely related to cancer and respiratory disease.
Fortunately, now you can make your own brand laundry soap. Don’t worry, it is easy and fast. The main ingredients consist of three substances. With these three components, you can make either liquid or powder homemade laundry soap.
The Process of Making Homemade Laundry Soap
As stated before, you need three ingredients to make this DIY laundry soap.
1. Bar Soap
Bar soap is our main actor for this lovely experiment. Make sure you choose the natural and non-perfumed bar soap. The highly recommended products you can use are Ivory or Dr. Broner’s Soap. But you can absolutely use your own homemade bar soap too! Most of DIY bar soaps are created from coconut oil and absolutely no fragrance ingredients. That would be great for your homemade laundry soap. People say the DIY bar soap is the best ingredients for your laundry soap.
2. Washing Soda
Are you new for this term? Washing soda is also known as sodium ash or sodium carbonate. However, the main component of sodium ash is not as scary as it name suggests. It is actually made form limestone and common salt so it is safe for your skin and environment. You can get the washing soda almost in every store. One brand that you can use is Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda.
When you buy washing soda, don’t forget to put borax on your chart. Borax can be find easily too in most store and our best pick is the 20 Mule Team Borax. However, controversies sparked regarding to borax usage for a natural laundry soap. Make sure you use natural borax that mainly consists of oxygen, boron, sodium, and water. It is claimed to be safe and inexpensive for your homemade laundry soap.
There should be no difficulties when you are looking for those three ingredients. Washing soda and borax are widely available in local groceries or the laundry aisle. For the bar soap, you can find this gem in beauty, health, or organic stores. Moreover, many online shops offer natural bar soaps with wide variety of ingredients. In addition, if you want to add freshener for your clothes baking soda will work for your homemade laundry soap.
Let’s get down to the real business. After you get those stuffs we need, it is time to do some magic and turn them into useful laundry soap. The steps are so easy:
- Prepare your natural bar soap and grate it until it turns into a fine ground. There are plenty of bar soaps that have natural scents like lavender, peppermints, jasmine, and others. You can choose your favorite smell – or not at all. Either is good and won’t affect your final laundry soap.
- Now, pick a large bowl. Fill the bowl with 2 parts of washing soda, 1 part of grated soaps, and 2 parts of borax. Some people also tend to use 1 grated soaps, 1 cup of borax and washing soda. Mix the ingredients until it’s blended well. To mix the ingredients, you can use a medium sized spoon.
- Store your final homemade laundry soap in a closed container. If you use a large container, you can skip the second step and shake the container to blend the mixture.
- For each load of laundry, use for about 2 tablespoons up to ¼ cup of the laundry soap.
The recipe above is for solid homemade laundry soap but surely it is optional. Homemade laundry soap in form of liquid is also available and the steps are similarly effortless.
- Prepare a cheese grater or food processor. Then, grate your natural bar soaps using either those tools.
- Pour the grated soap into 2 quarts of water in a pan and put it on the stove. Heat it gradually until the grated soap is completely dissolved. Don’t forget to stir the mixture.
- Prepare a 5 gallon container and fill it with 4.5 gallons of hot water. Add 2 cups of washing soda and 2 cups borax then stir it well.
- Add the dissolved natural soap bars you have made into the container. Stir the mixture and cover the container. Leave it for a night.
- If you want to use this liquid homemade laundry soap, shake or stir it first.
- One cup of this liquid soap is enough for a load of laundry.
That is all you need to know for making homemade laundry soap. It’s easy, right? These recipes help you to save laundry bills and prevent more harmful substances entering our environment. However, you may have to take note that sometimes soaps work differently with detergent. Not all washing machine and water are suitable with this homemade soap. It can leave buildup in washer and make clothes become dull.