Conventional laundry detergent is loaded with chemicals like sulfates, fragrances, phenols and more. Many brands contain ingredients such as petroleum distillates, which are linked to cancer and lung disease. Fragrances in these detergents are made of a mix of harmful chemicals.
Luckily, we have a simple recipe available:
- 1 Cup of Borax (20 Mule Team available at most grocery stores)
- 1 Cup of Washing Soda (Arm & Hammer available at most grocery stores)
- 1 Whole Castile Bar (from BARR's Bars)
- Five Gallons total of water
- Five Gallon Bucket (preferably with a lid)
1. Grate one bar of castile soap with cheese grater or food processor. (Or you can ask us too when placing your order!)
2. Place grated soap in a sauce pan with 2 quarts of hot water and gradually heat, whisking constantly until soap is completely dissolved. Be certain to not boil.
3. Add 4.5 gallons of really hot tap water in a clean 5-gallon bucket and stir in 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of Washing Soda until completely dissolved.
4. Pour soap mixture from pan into 5-gallon bucket. Stir well.
5. Cover and leave overnight.
6. Shake or stir until smooth and pour into gallon jugs or other containers. If you save your old laundry detergent dispensers, you can wash them out and fill them with your homemade laundry soap.
7. Use 1/2 to 1 cup per load.
This laundry soap is not intended to produce "suds". However, it will leave your clothes clean and unscented. If you wish to add a scent, you may add 40-50 drops of steam distilled essential oil of your choice to scent you laundry soap.