How to Make simple powder homemade Laundry Soap

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Make your own laundry soap to protect the environment as well as your wallet.
Make your own laundry soap to protect the environment as well as your wallet. (Image: Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

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.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a bit more of mixture for hard water
  • Use a bit of extra Ivory for "fresher" scent
  • double or triple batch and store in air tight container
  • Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil if you desire another scent
  • Remember: Washing soda is NOT the same as baking soda (although the washing soda I use is by Arm and Hammer). It will say Washing Soda on the box.
  • Borax is more natural than other harsh chemicals and is said to only be as harmful to pets and humans as table salt but to be safe, always read labels and follow instructions closely.
  • keep washing soda out of reach of children
  • do not mix with bleach

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