"Herbal Laundry Detergent"
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
- 4 drops of PURE(undiluted) Lavender essential oil.
- 1 bar of Fels Naptha soap
- 1 cup of borax
- 1 cup of washing soda
- 1 gallon + 1 quart of water
A few Essential Oil Benefits to Recipe:
2. Lemongrass: Brings out a mild earthly scent that smells amazingly fresh and will aid in keeping bugs away naturally.3. Cedar wood: Brings out a mild but more aggressively earthly scent that smells amazingly fresh and will aid in keeping bugs away naturally.
Brings out a mild woodsy scent that smells amazingly fresh and will aid in keeping bugs away naturally.as well as masking body odor.
- First, using a food processor or manual grater, finely grate the bar of soap.
- Bring a quart of water to a boil on the stove and slowly add the soap, stirring gently.
- Reduce the heat and let it simmer gently until all of the pieces of soap are melted/dissolved.
- Add the borax and washing soda and stir until they are dissolved.
- In a separate pot, heat up the gallon of water or measure out a gallon of very hot tap water.
- Pour the soap/borax/soda mixture into a large container and slowly add the gallon of water to it.
- Stir until the mixture is well mixed.
- Let it sit overnight. It will "gel" together...kind of a custard-like consistency. I've also heard it described as "thick egg drop soup."
- At this point add four drops of your PURE Essential oil of choice
- Stir or shake the soap each time you use it.
- Use 1/4 cup for a front loading washer. Use 1/2 cup for a top loading washer.
Many people who use homemade soap in their washers also recommend using 1/4 cup of white vinegar in the place of the fabric softener. This not only helps soften your clothes, but helps clean out any residual soap scum from your clothes and washer.
Note: Some people have reported having trouble finding washing soda (sodium carbonate) in their city. You can leave it out of the recipe, but it really does help boost the cleaning powder of the soap. Good news though, there is a way to make your own washing soda out of regular baking soda (sodium bicarbonate).
II. Making Your own Washing Soda:
- Preheat your oven to approximately 390° - 400° Fahrenheit. (200° C)
- Pour a box (or a few cups) of baking soda (not baking powder) onto a baking sheet, and put it in the oven.
- Bake the baking soda from 30-60 minutes. I've seen reports of people baking it as little as 30 minutes - and people baking it as long as 2 hours. It doesn't appear that over-baking it is a problem...so I'd recommend 45-60 minutes just to assure that the chemical reaction is completely complete.
- After pulling the baking sheet out of the oven and letting it cool, store the washing soda in a clearly labeled airtight container. The washing soda can "convert" back into baking soda if it's exposed to air.