I had a realisation the other day when taking my recycling out that the majority of my plastic was coming from laundry detergent containers and I thought to myself there MUST be a better way and there certainly is: Making your own!

I don’t really know why I haven’t been doing this already, I think I told myself that I couldn’t get the ingredients or it must be too difficult but I was wrong on both accounts. Honestly, making your own is so easy, accessible and surprisingly very affordable and actually will save you so much money!

What do you need?

  • Washing Soda (sometimes called sodium carbonate – if you can’t find any, you can make your own!)
  • Borax 
  • Bar Soap (I use a locally made bar soap here on island for this – always shop local where possible!)

Most of these ingredients can be found in the grocery stores on island, but Cost-U-Less is the best place to pick up your Borax in bulk and really save money while also saving the environment.

How to make your own laundry soap?

  1. Grate the bar soap or mix in food processor until it is down to a fine texture. Feel free to experiment with the scents of your bar soap – I am loving using lavender soaps when washing my bedsheets!
  2. In a large bowl, mix 2 parts washing soda, 2 parts Borax and 1 part grated soap. (I use 1 bar of grated soap and 1 cup each of washing soda and borax)
  3. Store in closed container. I keep mine in quart or half gallon mason jars. If you are using a big enough container, you can skip step 2 and just put all ingredients in storage container or jar and shake.
  4. Use 2 Tablespoons to 1/4 cup per load of laundry.

Have you ever made your own laundry soap? What are some of your favourite scents?

Posted by:Plastic Paradise

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