Homemade laundry soap: 2 gallons–64 loads for less than $1.00!
I have really delicate skin that cannot tolerate laundry detergent. So I finally decided not to use any and just wash our clothes/towels in water. Because we put them in the dryer, it seemed like they were fresh smelling, but they were getting a little dingy. So I did research about alternatives. I found some magnets that apparently scientifically remove dirt from laundry and ordered them. As I excitedly waited for the UPS truck to bring my magnets, I gradually realized that they weren’t coming. We’ve filed a claim with our credit card company and hope to be reimbursed for the $60.00. Sigh…
So I did more research and discovered several recipes for using commonly obtainable ingredients that apparently work as well or better than detergent. None of these ingredients seemed likely to cause my skin problems. Last week for our weekly vegetarian cooking class we just made pizza and then cooked up a batch of detergent. I’ve used it for about a week now and don’t seem to be having any skin problems from it and it does get out the dirt!
Here is the recipe:
Ingredients (All were available at our local Fred Meyer’s)
1/3 bar Fels-Naptha
1/2 cup washing soda (found in the laundry section and not to be confused with baking soda)
1/2 cup borax
Grate Naptha and add to 2 cups water. Heat until melted and add 4 cups more water. Add remaining ingredients and then add enough water to make 2 gallons. It starts out as a liquid but quickly turns into a gel. This is easy, affordable and works. Best of all, it agrees with my skin!