Lovin’ Your Laundry Pt. 3

Continued from Lovin’ Your Laundry – Part 2…



Sniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiff! Mmmm, smell the yummy freshness!

Now let’s have some good, clean fun! Since your curiosity has been piqued about the ingredients in natural cleaners – let’s talk about how to make them happen for your laundry. All you need is a good recipe or two for Good ‘Ole Laundry Soap. I’ll just share a really basic one with you that I’ve used before:

  • 1 Cup Soap Crumbles (ground lye soap)
  • 1 Cup Borax
  • 1 Cup Washing Soda
  • Several drops of your favorite Essential Oil (some to try are Lemon, Grapefruit, Lavender)

Mix it all up really well with your hands. Yes, it’s messy – and yes, it’s fun to do.

You will have the cleanest hands and fingernails in all the land!

See how it starts to break up the soapy clumps? It’s almost like working with a flaky pie crust dough. Almost.

I guess at this point, you should store it in an airtight container if you want to preserve the essential oil part of the recipe, but I’ve just got mine dispensed in this glass jar with a not-so-tight-fitting lid.

We use 1-2 tablespoons per average size load. For cloth diapers, I tend to use more like 2 tbsp. but I also have to make sure to add vinegar to the rinse so that it doesn’t cause breakouts on my baby’s tushi! Remember – the vinegar helps all the soap rinse back out really clean.

Some notes about homemade laundry soap:

First-  Don’t expect it to be bubbly and sudsy because it won’t! That’s okay, though, because we don’t want the chemicals that cause the sudsy action in the first place – and it’s not suds that get your clothes clean. We now have better ingredients for that!

Second- Feel free to skip the essential oil part completely. It’s not a necessary component. When you don’t use it (and I frequently don’t) then your laundry will simply come out smelling fresh and clean with no unnecessary fragrances.

Third- While your newfound ingredients are natural, you still want to keep them out of reach of children. It wouldn’t be fun to ingest some of that stuff…

Fourth- You do the math and see how much money this will save you! When you start making your own homemade laundry soap, it is VERY cost effective!

Anyway, I’m telling you – there is something about making your own laundry soap that is entirely satisfying. I’m not quite sure what it is, but it really makes you feel like you’re the greatest wife and mother around. Maybe it’s because it’s something that you will use all the time and that your family constantly needs…and every time you go back to your jar or tin with handmade laundry soap that you made, it’s another pat on the back. I did this! Wow! “Oh cool, Mommy! I’m glad you washed my favorite shirt!” They love me! They really, really love me! – And my handmade laundry soap, of course! “Ethan? Please go start loading those clothes into the machine.” “Mmmm! This soap smells really great!” Yeah, doesn’t it? I made that myself! See? It’s laundry soap that is good for your self esteem.

So talk to me! Have you tried making it yet?

Be sure ‘n check here for the whole Lovin’ Your Laundry series!

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15 thoughts on “Lovin’ Your Laundry Pt. 3

  1. You know, I may have to try this. Seth has such bad eczema(?) on his arms and legs. I’ve been using some natural soap, but he still has it pretty bad. I think he’s just always going to have it, but who knows, maybe changing to natural laundry soap might help a little. Know of any natural lotions, too??

  2. Yes, this would be really great for his skin! Eczema can be a diet thing, too, and I’d also recommend getting raw milk yogurt and whole foods into his diet more. There really is such a diff with fresh dairy from cows and goats who aren’t stressed and pumped full of chemicals! With his diet, you could try cutting out wheat and making sure he gets plenty of Vit. D and then try to eliminate as many harsh chemicals in his environment (household cleaners with chemicals, etc.). I bet you would see a positive result pretty soon!

    And on the natural lotion – I bet you could use a really good oil like olive oil or grapeseed oil with some beeswax and make your own! You’ve perked my interest on that, so I’m going to look into it some more!

  3. Well, I give him organic milk, but I don’t know about raw milk yogurt! Where do you get that?
    Hmmm, cut out wheat? I’ve always given him whole wheat bread, so what would I do instead? Whole grains? Cause you know I’m not an awesome cook/baker like you…I don’t see me making my own bread anytime soon 😉

  4. Just LOVE this site! And I’m one of those who loves doing laundry:) Thank you SO much for all of your efforts to get this information to us:)

    I have a question. I looked up soap crumbles and found a site I want to order from and this woman gave this advice:

    “Mix one part lye soap crumbles to one half part borax and one half part washing soda. You may also want to add a few drops of tea tree oil or peppermint essential oil for a nice clean scent. You can put this mixture through the blender to make a fine crumbled powder. To wash one large load of laundry, you should dissolve half a cup of your mixture into two cups of hot water. When soap has dissolved, pour into your wash”.

    Using half a cup seems like you would use up your batch pretty quickly. You said you used one to two tablespoons.

    Your thoughts?

  5. Thanks for answering my question – I will give your recipe a try – can’t wait to try it! SO happy to have found your website – it’s pure joy:)

  6. Hi. I am so interested in making my own laundry soap but am confused when I start searching on Etsy as to which goat soap is best. Can you please send me the link to the Etsy shop where you buy your goat soap? Thanks much!

    1. Yeah, even the organic store bought milk isn’t going to be nearly as nutritious as the fresh stuff. But what you have to do is find a local farmer that you can form a relationship with – see how clean the farm is and how the animals are treated. Simply go to RealMilk.com’s WHERE section to find a raw milk farmer in your area: http://realmilk.com/where1.html

      VERY soon, I will be posting detailed instructions on how to make your own yogurt from the good raw milk yogurt you can get. Stay tuned!

      Also, on cutting out wheat – it will definitely be somewhat of a challenge starting off because you’ll have to rethink how you do things. Obviously that means no more breads or pastas for a while…and you’ll have to read the labels on everything you buy to check for wheat ingredients. If you cut out ALL wheat and if you get his intestines in top order by putting in good quality [fermented] dairy stuff such as the raw milk yogurt – and allow for some time to pass and notice that he’s still having skin probs – then you know that it’s not a wheat issue. There will be other things you can try at that point, but this is honestly a good starting point. If it were me, I’d also quit going out to eat and buying premade foods as much as possible that way you can really get down to the bare bones of this thing and determine the real problem.

      It’s somewhat of a sacrifice – but it’s not like it won’t be worth it. I’m pretty sure that you can determine the root of the problem this way.

  7. I make my own laundry detergent and dishwasher detergent too! I love how I’m saving money and I know that my detergent is free from chemicals that could harm the environment and effect my kiddos. Great post!!!

  8. I made the liquid kind which makes 5 gallon. I have made two batches this year and have over 3 gallons left. I cleans great and saved me lots of cash!!

  9. Hi Karen! Thank you for your comments!

    I agree with you – you will definitely use up your laundry soap quicker that way. If you notice in her recipe, she is not using as much borax and washing soda when she makes the recipe…so it sounds like she needs to use MORE of it when she goes to load the machine.

    You could still order her crumbles but then use the recipe above to do the same sort of thing that we do here!

  10. Hi Melody! I can certainly fill ya in on that!

    I have purchased from 3 different sellers on Etsy and can recommend them to you. The first is Amanda at LongWinterFarm: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5125497
    She currently doesn’t have any soap crumbles but has claimed interest in stocking her shop with it soon. I think that would be AWESOME because my family has been using her handmade goats milk soaps
    for over a year now and just are in love with ’em. She is super nice and professional and will answer any questions you could possibly think to ask her. If you ever buy from her, please tell her that I sent ya! 😉

    Then there is Lynn at MapleHillFarm: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5057886
    Again, another suuuuper nice seller and she really knows what she’s talking about! Her crumbles are great!

    I’ve also ordered from FarmsteadOrganics: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5601520
    I don’t have as many experiences with this seller, but I can say that she was kind and I liked the product. It even came in it’s own crafty decorative cloth bag!

    Hope this helps! :)

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