I have been making my own laundry soap since around 2008. I’ve used the basic homemade detergent recipes that have gone around the internet; both the liquid and powdered versions. That is until recently. I recently decided I wanted to change it up a bit because I was concerned about the perfumes, dyes and chemicals from the bars of soap I was currently using. Sure, the Zote and the Fels Naptha worked well, but I have come to realize that the more natural I can keep my cleaning products, the better for my families general health. The Fels Naptha and Zote have perfumes and dyes that I don’t want in my laundry detergent. I still wanted to have a nice smelling detergent that works great though.
I was able to come up with a solution and made a few changes to my my recipe. I decided on Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint bar soap because it is all natural and uses organic ingredients. Yes, this recipe costs a bit more to make than using a bar of Zote, but it’s still much less expensive than the store bought detergents (especially all-natural detergents). It works great and the smell is amazingly fresh. I also added the grease fighting benefits of all-natural, Thieves Cleaner. This recipe makes 5 gallons of detergent and I use about 1/3 cup per load. You could probably use less but I love the smell and I have a top loading machine rather than a high efficiency washer. Adjust the amount you use if you have a high efficiency washer. Even at 1/3 cup you should be getting just under 200 washes!
1 1/2 Cups Super Washing Soda (not baking soda)
1 1/2 Cups Borax
1/8 cup of Thieves Cleaner from Young Living
Making the recipe is easy, so don’t worry if you’ve never made laundry soap before. I remember the first time I made laundry soap. I was a nervous wreck!
Using a knife, cut the soap up into pieces or you can grate the bar of soap. Put it into a pan with about 4 cups of water. Melt the soap on the stove on medium to medium-high heat. Don’t leave it – you don’t want it to boil over. Stirring frequently allows it to melt faster. I’m not sure if soap can scorch because I never give it long enough to scorch. It will take about 10 minutes or so to melt.
Once melted, add the borax and washing soda and let it dissolve. Fill a 5 gallon bucket will hot water, leaving enough room to add about 5 cups of water later (about 4 inches from the top). Add the melted soap mixture to the bucket of hot water and stir with a long spoon. You can top off the bucket if you like with more hot water. I usually don’t because I like the extra room at the top to stir. It’s preference. Cover and let it sit for 24 hours.
The next day stir it well. This recipe doesn’t “gel” like the others do, which I like because it doesn’t have as much separation as the other recipes do. It is close to a water consistency. If your recipe does gel, stir it well and/or use a stick blender to mix everything together. Either way is fine. Add 1/8 cup of Thieves Cleaner. Stir well and put it into a dispenser of your choice. You can use any type of jar or reuse an old detergent bottle. You can also leave it in the bucket. Give a light shake before you use it each time.
I hope you enjoy using this detergent. It is by far the best smelling recipe I’ve ever used, including when I used to add a laundry scent booster. Plus, it doesn’t have any nasty chemicals!
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