Monday, May 30, 2011

Natural Laundry Soap


            Have you ever thought thought about making your own laundry soap? I sure have, and so many bloggers already do and have raved about their efforts, so when this recipe came my way, I really got excited about making it because it only has 5 ingredients and they are all natural.  I especially love the idea of scenting it with my favorite essential oils, like lavender or rosemary for starters! This recipe comes from Bonzaiaphrodite, be sure to check out her website full of other great info.

Homemade Laundry Soap


Recipe:
1 1/4 cups white vinegar
1 cup baking soda
1 cup washing soda
1 cup borax
1/4 cup liquid castile soap
Mix in a large, non-metal bowl. I re-used (and decorated!) my previous soap tub, which worked great.  Start with the vinegar and continuously stir as you add each powder.  Try to stir out and break up any clumps.  Finish with the liquid soap.  It will seem wet, like a thick paste, but keep stirring and it will begin to flake and crumble into a moist ‘powdered detergent’.  KEEP STIRRING! If you quit too early, you’ll find a very hard mass the next time you go to use it. So use them biceps and stir it to completion. You’ll end up with a sort of soft clumpy cake-y ‘loaf’, that will easily crumble off for use.
If you use plain non-scented castile soap, you may add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
Store in a lidded container and use about 1/4 cup per load.

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