June 24, 2009By Carol Ives
Annie is MFC’s expert on ways to save money with natural and safe homemade products, and has taught us that making our own laundry soap is very easy. We no longer have to worry about toxic ingredients or the high cost of natural store bought detergent.
Try your hand at making your own, it’s simple and fun.
- 3 pint water
- ½ bar of grated Kirks Castile Soap
- 1 cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda (NOT baking soda)
- 1 cup Borax
- 2-3 Gallon Bucket to mix in
- Mix Kirks castile soap in a saucepan with 3 pints of hot water and heat on low until dissolved
- Stir in Washing Soda and Borax. Stir until thickened, and remove from heat.
- Add 1 quart of Hot water to the 2 gallon bucket.
- Add soap mixture and mix well.
- Fill bucket completely with additional hot water and mix well.
- Set aside for 24 hours or until mixture thickens. You may add additional hot water if the mixture becomes too thick.
Mix well before each use. Use ½ cup per load. You may add ¼ cup of Borax to heavily soiled loads. For a fabric softener use distilled white vinegar.
Did You Know…
1 cup Borax and 1 cup Washing Soda makes great inexpensive automatic dishwasher soap. Use distilled white Vinegar in your rinse compartment.