You probably know that most popular laundry detergents are made with derivatives of petroleum and all sorts of other chemicals. While the smell of Tide is synonymous with fresh, clean laundry in my brain, I knew I wanted to switch to something more natural.
I started with Seventh Generation laundry detergent but I was moving through the bottles very quickly, and they weren't cheap. I switched to Seventh Generation laundry powder but after some use was wondering if there was an easy way to make laundry soap myself. A quick Google search came up with a ton of options, all containing the same ingredients - Borax, soap, & washing soda.
I found everything I needed on Amazon...
You can obviously make as much or as little as you want, but I decided to start small to make sure I liked how it cleaned our clothes. I started by shaving the castille soap (I used lavender scented Dr. Bronner's)...
...until I had 2 cups. Just under one bar. Jesse thought it was cheese. Luckily he has some self control and didn't reach for a handful like I would have.
Then I added 1 cup of Borax and 1 cup of washing soda...
...and mixed everything together.
I use 2 1/2 tablespoons of the powder per load. I let the soap and clothes soak in hot water in the washer for 10 minutes before washing (I did this with store-bought detergent anyway) to help melt the soap.
I LOVE how it cleans! The lavender scented soap doesn't make that much of a difference smell-wise (after the laundry is done... it smells amazing before it's used) so I may go with Fels Naphtha or Zote (two brands usually used for making homemade laundry detergent) next time I make this.
Stay clean, stay green, & stay homey!