Once upon a time, I made all of my own laundry soap. Somewhere along the way, things got BUSY, and back to Tide we went. I’ve been missing the oh-so-good smell and feeling of accomplishment of making my own laundry soap. Knowing exactly what’s in it is one of the best things about it, a close second? The cost. I spent $17 today to make 4 and a half Ball Jars of soap.
One thing that is great about this natural soap is – It’s natural. We will be cloth diapering in a little over three months. Lots of time, that means baby-specific detergent which is expensive. This laundry soap can be tweaked to use on diapers with just leaving out one ingredient, and adding oil for a lovely lavender kick (This part is optional. )
Lets get on to it!
There are just four simple ingredients:
Arm & Hammer Washing Soap
Fels-Naptha Bar soap
*For cloth diaper soap- see below.
Mix the following in a large bowl:
4 cups borax
4 cups Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
2 cups OxiClean Free
1 bar Fels Naptha Soap- Grated
Grating the bar soap is the most time-consuming step. This took a few minutes, I ended up sitting cross-legged on the counter, and wearing rubber gloves as not to grate my fingers! After a few minutes of this though, you are good to go!
When it’s all mixed up, I use a funnel to put in Ball Jars. These are also the perfect size to give as homemade gifts!
There is nothing like the smell and feel of accomplishment of this part!
*To make this as a diaper cleaner, just omit the Fels-Naptha soap, and add some lavender essential oil. Here are the amounts I used for the two ball jars of diaper-friendly cleaner:
3 cups borax
3 cups Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
1.5 Cup OxiClean Free
20 drops lavender
All that is needed in your laundry is 1-2 teaspoons of this detergent. It will last you a while!
Tie a little bow around it, and enjoy!