Natural Laundry Soap

laundrysoap1It’s that time again – with a larger family it seems like I am always doing laundry. I always chuckle when I read about folks with “laundry days” where they can bang out their laundry in an hour or two a week. I find myself needing to do one or two loads a day to keep up with the family’s needs. And to be honest I’m usually still overloaded with clothes and linens. If they aren’t dirty and piling up, they are clean and piling up, needing to be folded and sorted. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has this problem though!

Here is my go-to laundry soap recipe.

Laundry Soap

(add 2-3 Tbsp to each load of laundry)

1 bar soap, finely grated (I typically use Dr. Bronner’s Lavender)

1 cup super washing soda

1 cup borax

1/2 cup – 1 cup baking soda

I mix all together into a large jar and give a vigorous shake to combine well. I keep a tablespoon measuring spoon in the jar.

I do not use dryer sheets (they contain animal fats) or wool dryer balls. But for a little added scent (though the lavender soap works quite well for this), I may put a couple of drops of lavender essential oil on a scrap of flannel along with the clothes in the dryer.  

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