Reduce, Re-use, Recycle: Laundry Soap


I know I’ve already written a post about homemade laundry soap. I’ve been using basically the same recipe for several years, but I’ve got to tell you, I found a BETTER recipe. No kidding! And for the life of me I can’t find the original post, which concerns me a bit, because I like to give credit to where credit is due. (The following recipe, though, is tweaked…I added vinegar and essential oil to the recipe.)

The other recipes I used always involved grating soap. Now, I haven’t minded that too much, but this recipe doesn’t involve grating of any kind. AND it’s cheap.

So, here is the recipe:

1 cup Borax

4 cups boiling water

Stir until Borax is dissolved.

Add 2 TBLS Dawn dish soap (the original blue kind)

1/4 to 1/2 cup of vinegar

Pour this all in a gallon jug (I used an empty vinegar jug) and then fill with cold water. I added a couple of teaspoons of lavender essential oil and then shook it all up.

I use about 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of solution to each load of clothes.  I’ve noticed that it really brightens the whites. I’ve also put this in a spray bottle to use as a pre-treat. (And I love the fragrance!)

Super cheap. Super easy. I’m sold!


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