For a few years now I've been making my own laundry soap. I decided to start doing this when my eldest was born 10 years ago as we were using Cloth nappies and often commercial brands cause a lot of buildup in the nappies and well I like to know what I'm putting next to my families most sensitive areas.
I've been experimenting with the recipes and originally I was making powder but was finding we went through it very quickly and I had to make a batch every month so I switched to liquid and now many friends also swear by the recipe.
I really enjoy making my own products it's so satisfying to know exactly what ingredients are in the product I'm using.
Now this recipe costs me about 10c per wash and we use half a cup per full load last time I made it I got 8 litres of liquid and it lasts us about 6 months and that's doing a 7kg load of washing a day. It's a big saving and I feel safe in the knowledge we aren't putting harsh chemicals into the septic system or our skin.
Homemade Laundry Liquid
1 Bar Grated Laundry Soap (DO NOT cut corners and try to microwave soap bar)
1 Cup Washing Soda
1/4 C Epsom salts
1 & 1/2 Litres of water (Plus extra to make up to 10 litres or the size of your big pot)
Essential oil (Optional but I use Tea Tree or Lavender)
- In a large Sauce pan stir in soap, washing soda and 1 & 1/2 litres water over medium heat until dissolved
- Add the extra litres of cold water stir add Epsom salts and a tsp of your chosen oil
- Funnel into bottles
That's it! It's so easy!!