My first experience with homemade laundry soap was at a MOPS meeting. As our craft we made the traditional recipe that you find everywhere for homemade laundry soap. I tried it as I was prepping to do cloth diapers and it was recommended as safe for your diapers. I hated it! I felt my clothes still stank after being washed. Through that idea out the window and went back to my Tide Free and Gentle.
I used Planet laundry soap for my cloth diapers and still do it just seems to work great for the diapers but I hated it for my clothes too. It seemed to leave the socks with a crunchy feeling.
Now about 3 1/2 years later I decided to give it another try. I think part of the problem was the size of the shredded soap I had used the first time. I use a fine shred for my soap making now so I thought that would help. I started looking at recipes on Pinterest and everyone uses the Fels Naptha. My reasons for making soap was not financial but because I am trying to eliminate the chemicals exposed to my family. Reading the ingredients of the Fels Naptha I did not feel like I was doing any better.
One night I had a though. Why can’t I use my regular soap the one for washing my body? It even comes with pleasant scents. The next morning I searched Pinterest for Dr Bronner’s Laundry Soap and I was not the only one that had thought of this and it had good reviews!!
1 Bar Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Castle Soap
1 Cup Baking Soda
1 Cup Washing Soda
1 Cup Borax
It is so easy to make! Fine shred the soap and mix all the ingredients up. I use a glass jar with a lid to store it and keep moisture out. I use 1 Tbsp per wash load with my front loader.
I love it! No crunchy socks, and it smells like lavender!!!