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One of the many ways I save money on the homestead is with this DIY Laundry Soap.
I have been making my own laundry soap for awhile now and I must say I have probably tried every recipe out there.
I have been using the recipe below and it seems to have the best scent and cleans the best so far.
This recipe is for powered soap, which I think after all my trial and error seems to work better. I also don’t seem to go through the powder as quickly as I do the liquid. You can find the original recipe I used at Joyful Mammas Kitchen.
DIY Laundry Soap
There are many variations to the recipe below. Depending on your personal preferences there are many ways you can adapt this recipe.
I know that some people do not care to use Borax in their laundry soap. I have added a note that you can replace the borax with 4 bars of Castille Soap.
Also, while I prefer Zote soap, you can replace the Zote soap with Fels-Naptha, or any soap of your choice.
I like the Purex Crystals Fabric softener added to my laundry soap, however, some people would rather use a more natural softener.
If you wish to replace the Purex Crystals, here is another more natural option.
Combine the following ingredients:
- 2 cups of white vinegar
- 2 cups of water
- 1/8 cup of vegetable glycerin
- 10-20 drops of an essential oil (your choice)
Mix all the ingredients into an “easy to pour” bottle. Simply add to the rinse cycle.
If your washer does not have a compartment for softener you can add some of this mix to a downy ball which will automatically release during the rinse cycle.
If you wish to make homemade dryer sheets you can simply soak 5″ x 6″ pieces of 100% cotton in this mixture and use in the dryer. Old t-shirts work well for this.
Let me know if you try this recipe and your thoughts on it in the comments below.