Today I wanted to share an awesome DIY on how to make your own homemade laundry soap.
Super easy to make, inexpensive, free of any fragrances and chemicals that are not only bad for us but for our little ones as well.
I've been doing a lot of research lately on everything that we tend to use around the house. From stuff that we put on our hair, skin, face, feet...to house cleaners that we think are doing a good job keeping our house free of germs when in reality, its just chemicals that go right into out bloodstream when we touch them and smell them as well. Scary huh?!?! Even nail polish! I was amazed at how bad it is for us. It looks so innocent huh? Pretty colors that match any outfit, with glitter even. And oh don't they look so pretty on our baby girls nails?.?. Don't be deceived though, nail polish is full of chemicals such as toluene and xylene. They are petroleum -based products that have been linked to CANCER! You can read more about it here.
Anyways with all that being said, Im going as natural and green as I possibly can.
Here is an awesome recipe that I found in Natural Home & Gardens Magazine.
This recipe can last up to a year if you use 1/8 of a cup, which is equivalent to two tablespoons. Since I wanted to make a small batch first to make sure that I liked it, I cut the recipe in 4. So in another words, the batch I made will last for up to 3 months. You can do the same or you can take my word for it and trust me when I say that this laundry soap is the best I've ever used.
I will never go back to store bought soap. This is definitely a keeper.
HOMEMADE ORGANIC LAUNDRY SOAP
16 cups baking soda
12 cups washing soda
8 cups of grated castile soap
10-12 drops lavender essential oil
Grate the castile soap and mix it with the baking soda, washing soda and essential oil. Stir until all the ingredients are incorporated. DONE! Easy right?
I bought Hemp Rose Castile Soap. It was on sale for $3.29 at my local Sprouts. Since it already smelled lovely because of the roses, I omitted the lavender essential oil. That's completely up to you though. ( By the way, 1 soap makes about 2 cups, so you would only need one soap to make 3 months worth. )
I'm not using dryer sheets anymore either, but I have found that with this recipe you don't even need it. Our clothes are so soft with just the laundry soap. If you'd like though, you can add 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar to your rinse cycle and that works as well.
Also my hubby found that getting a piece of aluminum foil and forming a little ball helps with static electricity. Simply throw it in with your clothes as their in the dryer:)
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