I get so frustrated because I love the good smelling strong powders but I also want to stay away from the strong toxins many of them have while saving money. It was a few years back that I decided to learn how to make my own. Now I have the best of all three worlds. My clothes smell dreamy, feel of toxins and we save money with each load.
Try these recipes and see how you too can be toxic free like me….. well, at least in the laundry room. This mixture will wash about 60 loads. Enjoy!
- bar bath soap, grated (your favorite brand)
- 1 cup arm & hammer super washing soda laundry detergent (a laundry booster)
- 1⁄2 cup borax
- hot water
Then do this:
- Cover with water and simmer over medium heat until all soap is melted, stirring occasionally.
- Pour into 5 gallon bucket.
- Add washing soda and borax.
- Add enough hot water to fill the bucket.
- Stir & let sit overnight to gel.
- Use 1 cup per load.
NOTE: You can pour this into old detergent containers or leave in the bucket. For fresh, clean laundry without chemicals, make your own powders and sprays.
16 cups baking soda
13 cups of Borax
12 cups washing soda
8 cups grated castile or glycerin soap flakes*
3 tablespoons lavender, lemon or grapefruit essential oil
Combine baking soda, Borax, washing soda and soap flakes. Add essential oil and mix with a wire whisk. Use 1⁄8 cup per load. Yield: This recipe makes enough powder to last a family of eight for six months.
*Pre-Wash Stain Spray
1⁄2 cup white vinegar
1⁄4 cup baking soda
3 cups water
Stir together and fill a labeled spray bottle. Spray on soiled spots just before washing. Always test a hidden spot first.
1 cup hydrogen peroxide
1⁄4 cup lemon or grapefruit juice
12 cups water
Store in a labeled plastic jug. Add 2 cups per load along with detergent.
For extra-clean clothes, follow your detergent with 1/2 cup of washing soda, an all-natural laundry booster. Add baking soda to wash water at the same time as detergent to soften and freshen clothes and linens.
These work well for us. The children love to help with these projects, also. I allow them help select the soap pieces, pour dry items and capping bottles. It makes them happy, so have fun with it!
Okay, now here’s a little from my son’s game Monday. We had a ball! It was so clear that it’s More than just a game.
Keep it Clean, ~QC Supermom