Laundry Soap Recipe

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Laundry Soap Recipe


Today I’m going to share with you a very simple laundry soap recipe. If you have never made laundry soap before, you will love this one. It’s super simple.

I know there are tons of laundry soap recipes on the internet and many of them feature these very same ingredients in slightly different proportions. I haven’t tried them all, as once I find something that works I tend to stick with it. But feel free to play around with ingredients/proportions as this recipe is very forgiving. Check it out:

Basic Laundry Soap Recipe

  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 cup Washing Soda (you can also use baking soda, but it’s as effective)
  • 1 bar of soap, grated – (Sunlight, Fels Naptha, or Zota – NOT body soap. You can use a cheese grater, but it turns out better with a food processor)
  • 1/4 cup Oxiclean (optional)

Mix it all up. Use 1 Tbsp for small loads, 2 Tbsp for large loads. Keep in mind you should use warm or hot water for this soap to work properly. Use gloves when handling the washing soda because it is caustic. Also, just to be on the safe side, rinse your hands after each use of the laundry soap. You can easily make larger batches and store the soap in an airtight container with screwtop lid.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. It really doesn’t get any simpler than this. But I thought it was important to share because sometimes we get so caught up trying to do fancy, luxurious soap for the skin that we completely forget about our other soaping needs. =)

Don't know where to start? (cold process basics)

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Do you want to make your own soap, but have no idea where to start?

Do you want to make your own soap, but have no idea where to start?

Then you have to check out "Natural Soap Making" by Jan Berry. This ebook will show you:

 the basics of cold process soap making
 what “gel phase” and “trace” really mean
 how to color soaps naturally with botanicals and clays
 all about adding beneficial herbs and flowers to your soaps
 that lye calculators aren’t as intimidating as they seem
 plus it includes 25 palm-free recipes!


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