If you're concerned about additives, perfumes and other substances in commercial laundry soap that might cause skin irritation, consider making your own soap. You can scrutinize ingredients, save money and get your family's laundry loads clean naturally without harsh chemicals. So not only is it easy on the pocketbook, but you'll be helping to protect the environment as well.
Things You'll Need
- Cheese grater
- 1 bar grated Ivory soap, or similar brand
- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup washing soda
Grate a bar of Ivory soap. You can also use Fels-Naptha, or another brand of soap, but make sure it is not a strong-scented soap and as pure as possible. You can also use goat's milk soap if you can some.
Add 1 cup of borax, which is found in the cleaning isle of most grocery stores. If you cannot find it at your grocery store, most stores will order it in for you.
Add 1 cup of washing soda. This is different from baking soda. It is also found in the laundry isle.
Mix thoroughly and store the detergent in an air-tight container. Use 1 to 2 tbsp. per load depending on the size of load.