When we bought our house way back in 2006 I never really thought about saving money. We had no kids, and both had good jobs. However, once we moved into the house, and then had to pay for oil and all the other maintenance costs of owning a home…well I decided I better start finding ways to save a bit of money! Making my own laundry soap was a good one.
At the time Matt was working for his dad’s construction business, so I was doing a lot of laundry. A lot of really dirty laundry. My mom had always used borax when we were growing up for soaking diapers and adding to the wash if there were serious stains. Since that was one of the main ingredients in most of the recipes I had seen online, I decided to give it a go.
Overall, I think that it has worked out really well for us. It is definitely cheaper to use than the tide free that I used to use. Both of my babes have very sensitive skin (as do I), so making sure it was gentle and not irritating was really important. And obviously making sure that it got our clothes clean was very important. It has done its job. I use it to clean the diapers and wipes, as well as all of our clothes. If I have a seriously dirty load of laundry (like when my husband was working construction) I would throw in an extra spoonful of the soap. I hope you try it!
Laundry Soap Recipe
2 cups Borax
2 cups Washing Soda (not baking soda)
1 bar grated Dr. Bronner’s pure castille bar soap – I use peppermint (or you can use fels naptha)
10 drops Tea Tree Oil (or other essential oil)
Mix all ingredients in a container. Use 1-2 spoonfuls per load. I use my kitchenaid mixer to grate the soap, it takes a lot less time than grating with a box grater by hand 🙂 This usually lasts me quite a while. I use cold water for my washing, and so I typically scoop it into a ball jar and fill with hot water, then shake it up until it starts to dissolve. This seems to help. I have a regular washing machine, not an HE front loader, and am not sure how this would work with that.
Have you tried making your own laundry soap? Do you like it? Or do you prefer something else? It took a little while for my husband to accept it, since our laundry didn’t have a scent after it was dried. Although, it has taken a while to understand that “clean” doesn’t mean “scented” in all of our cleaning. But, I think that he is happier with it now that we have kids; and he doesn’t let me use any kind of chemicals in cleaning because he doesn’t want the kids to smell it. Not sure what that says about how he felt about me sans kids…but that is another story 🙂