Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Laundry Soap.

Homemade Laundry Soap
Tara Maxfield

1 bar Ivory soap - no scent, no coloring
1/4 bar Fels Naptha 
½ cup washing soda
½ cup borax powder
Essential Oil

Grate the soaps and put them in a sauce pan. Add 6 cups water and heat it until the soap melts. Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is dissolved. Remove from heat. Pour 4 cups hot water into the bucket. Now add your soap mixture and stir. Add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir. Finally, add your favorite essential oil, I use about 45 drops of tea tree oil but I used lemon and grapefruit too and they work really well. You can obviously use whatever scent you want. The EO will make the soap a more effective cleanser, make the soap more effective at getting rid of bacteria and microbes (not sure about all oils but tea tree has anti bacterial agents in it), and will of course make your laundry smell incredible.

Pour mixture into old detergent bottles and let sit for about 24 hours and it will gel. The finished soap will not be a solid gel. It will be more of a watery gel, with a pearly white color to it. The recipe says you only need about 1/2 cup per load, but I use a little more. I don't think it really matters since this is a VERY low sudsing soap, I just feel like it is extra clean with a bit more.  

Suds are not what does the cleaning, it is the ingredients in the soap. From all the research my friends and I did, it appears to be safe and effective in energy efficient machines too because it hardly makes any suds.

Because this recipe includes far less chemical than other laundry soaps, ie, cleaners, dyes, fragrance, you will find it to be great for allergies and sensitive skin, and I feel better about it not being carcinogenic.

We figured it is about $0.01 per load!

I wanted to add that this is my favorite stain removed {thanks to Tara McGown for introducing me to it}.  I used to be a 'Shout' fan but this gets out all the nasty baby/toddler/kid stains!