I have been playing with the idea to make my own laundry soap for a while now. After collecting several pins on Pinterest, I decided it was time to do some serious research, and make a commitment to do it! There are many different ideas and methods, but I knew I wanted a liquid laundry soap, and I wanted it to be a "green" recipe. Ultimately I settled on trying "Mom's Super Laundry Sauce".
This recipe is very simple, and only requires 4 ingredients:
1 bar of Fels Naptha
1 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax
1 cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (NOT Baking Soda)
4 cups of water
All the ingredients can be found in the laundry aisle of your local grocery store, and I can not even begin to express my joy at the extremely low price of each item!
The Fels Naptha bar must be shredded, but it's decently soft and shredded easily.
Once it's all fully dissolved, pour the mixture into two 1 quart mason jars equally. This will fill them each about halfway, then you add enough water to reach the "shoulders" of the mason jar leaving about an inch or so at the top. Then flip them upside down, the ingredients begin to separate, and you let them sit for 4 hours and go about your day.
friend of mine recommended using white vinegar in a downy ball in place of fabric softener during the rinse cycle. White vinegar not only helps soften your laundry, it also helps whiten, brighten, and eliminate any possibility of residue build up on clothes and in your washing machine.
You can find the link to the main article at the top, or you click on the link here. I cannot stress enough the importance to follow the instructions on the link 100%! The instructions are very simple, it's more about having the patience to fully dissolve the ingredients during the cooking phase. But, considering the cooking phase is only a half an hour of your time, it's not that big of a deal to stress about it!
Next project on my list: Wool dryer balls! Stay tuned!