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!)
- 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?
- 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!
- 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)
- 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.
- 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?