How much are you paying for laundry soap? $8, $10, or maybe for the very best brand names you're paying almost $30 for a jug of soap to wash your clothes.
Do you know what's in that soap? Why is is blue? Or green? What are all those chemicals I can't pronounce on the side of the bottle and why when I wash my clothes in these soaps, do my children and husband complain or irritated, itchy, skin?
Hmmmmm, could it be....POISON?!
I love when we're able to take our hard earned cash and keep it for things we could actually use instead of wasting it on things we think we have no other choice but to use.
About 6 years ago, someone told me I could make my own laundry soap and to be honest, I didn't believe them. I was really particular about the brand I was using, as I had tried several to get our clothes clean before I settled on what I felt was the best brand. 'What do you mean I can make it better than the company that makes laundry soap?' It really did sound like nonsense to me. When I look back, I just sound brainwashed to believe whatever the women in the commercials were telling me. Let's not forget I was also paying top dollar for the 'sensitive skin' kind.
I did make the laundry soap though. I don't just get information and reject it. I'm someone that has to experience things in order to know. I needed to at least try it before I decided it was sub-par.
Truth? I made it, I loved it, I haven't looked back since!
It costs me less that $3.00 for each batch and I get over 40 loads with each pail I make. It also makes a fantastic stain remover. Out of desperation once, I put a really badly rust-stained shirt into the bucket and let it sit over night...I added it to a full load of laundry the next day and the stains disappeared!
What you need
2 cups Borax
2 cups Washing Soda
(don't by it,make your own)
1 bar of soap
I use Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille Bar Soap or an Amish made bar I buy locally
5 gallons of water
1 10 gallon pail
a small pot and wooden spoon
Essentail oils of your choice
I use On Guard from doTERRA
How to make washing soda
Let's start off with how to make your own washing soda. If you want to by it, by all means, go for it! I used to until I suddenly couldn't find it in my local grocery stores anymore. So I searched on-line and low and behold, it can be made and if you make it yourself you are saving anywhere from $2-$4. May not be much, but something about my grandparents having such a say in my being raised and them being raised during wars. Regardless, I like to save and being able to keep money in my pocket as opposed to in the corporations pockets, works for me.
The steam and carbon dioxide are released during the cooking process, leaving you with… washing soda!
The difference between baking soda and washing soda is water and carbon dioxide. Seriously. Baking soda’s chemical makeup is NaHCO3 (1 sodium, 1 hydrogen, one carbon, and 3 oxygen molecules). Washing soda’s chemical makeup is Na2CO3 (2 sodium, 1 carbon, and 3 oxygen molecules). When baking soda is heated up to high temperatures, it breaks down to become washing soda, water steam, and carbon dioxide.
Bake the soda in a shallow pan at 400 F, stirring around occasionally for about 1 hour.
How do you know when its done?
Baking soda is powdery, crystallized like salt, and clumps together. Washing soda is grainy, dull and opaque, and is separate grains. You can see the difference in the pictures above.
Making Your Lundry Soap
Grate one bar of soap with cheese grater then dissolve in a pot over the stove on medium heat. remove from heat immediately and add to your bucket.
2 cups each of your wash soda and borax
Mix well to dissolve the powder.
Add the rest of your water, I make sure it's at least warm. Here's our son Aidan who helped me make this batch, stirring the bucket. If you want it scented then add your favorite essential oils, about 10-15 drops. Lemon is my favorite and is inexpensive.
Now some people will put their mix into separate containers. I can't be bothered! I have my husband carry it downstairs for me and I use a half cup measure that sits on the lid. I don't see the need to use many containers when I already have this one. The laundry room isn't a show piece for me, so the orange bucket doesn't need to match anything :D
Is that it? Is there more?
Now just because I couldn't just leave it at laundry soap alone I had to add a couple more homemade cleaning products. I need to scrub the tub and the toilet, the sinks and the faucets. So now what?
Soft Scrub for Bath, Tile, and Toilet
I love this scrub! It's easy to use and cost pennies, again, it's non-toxic which to be honest means so much more than the cost!
Make in small batches and store in an airtight container. This is enough for two to four applications. This soft scrub is excellent for getting rid of soap scum, removing stains, and brightening your tile and toilet. To use, just apply and let it sit for 5-10 minutes and then scrub. Once done scrubbing, take a wet cloth and wipe clean.
What you Need:
3/4 rounded cup baking soda
1/4 cup liquid castille soap
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon vinegar
5-10 drops Lemon essential oil
Liquid castile soap is a vegetable-based soap commonly found in health food stores. Dr. Bronner’s is a popular one. Look for unscented. This scrub is also great to use to help clean your kitchen sink, refrigerator, or tile floors.
Mix ingredients in order, put into airtight container. Voila!
Another alternative comes from Skrappygrrl's blog and it's for
Egg Shell Bathtub Cleaning Powder.
Now my last offering is from doTERRA's blog and it's for wet wipes. I'm making these but will be substituting the foaming soap for castille and I will use the fractionated coconut oil I have on hand for this. The OnGuard is really and truly as good as they claim. I use it often and it's not very expensive, lasts a while so long as you use it sparingly, there's no need to over use your oils.
Quite some time ago we were sold a bunch of tripe on how we should be cleaning our homes, clothes, bodies, ect. Truth is, we don't need chemicals laden with phosphates and poisons to clean our homes or ourselves. We can clean using natural products that don't hurt us or the world we live in.
Just like taking some vinegar and water and a drop of lemon essential oils in a spray bottle, makes the perfect window cleaner and natural disinfectant. It costs pennies to make and won't harm you or your immune system.
This life isn't so complicated. The corporations don't need our money either. I'm pretty sure all the money we can save doing things like this ourselves, will go to much better use than the annual profit sharing party that the 1% has.
And yes, I really do think that in doing this, we'll make that much of a difference...one household at a time.
What's your cleaning recipe?
Recipes are going to vary from meals to medicines. It's all about healing from the inside out because we truly are what we eat. What's the point? Well, gardening and foraging for your own foods, shopping local and no processed garbage or pharmaceuticals for what ails you? I think that's enough of point, don't you?
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