So I had a friend tell me she made homemade laundry soap, I was sold, I wanted to do it! I borrowed some from her to see how all of our skins reacted, and since we didn't have any problems, on a Saturday we went over and made some soap.
Super easy to do all you need is a large bowl mix in:
2 cups borax
2 cups washing soda
1 cup baking soda
1 cup oxy cleaner ( or we used the store brand, cheaper and works as good)
1 bar of Dr. bronners soap, (grated up finely) (vitamin shop)
and a drop of any essential oil (if wanted)
You can put it in a gallon sized zip bag or if you have an empty oxy cleaner container it fit nicely in there.
All you need to do is put a tablespoon or two for big/dirty loads, and your done, easy, fast and most importantly very cheap!
Homemade fabric softener:
I save an old fabric softener or detergent bottled (rinsed well). Using a funnel I carefully pour the following into the bottle:
2 cups vinegar
2 cups baking soda
4 cups hot water
Be careful when adding the baking soda, do so very slowly as it will foam up. Cap and shake gently from side to side, opening the cap to allow air to escape (you may need to do this several times). Add about 20 drops of essential oil. I love lavender but you can use whatever you love.
Shake side to side before each use as the baking soda will settle. Pour just past the line in a downyball (I find this method works better than the machines fabric softener dispenser). Toss the ball in and that's it.
It costs a mere pennies to make. Buy the huge boxes of baking soda now available and gallons of white vinegar.
If you have any question feel free to ask!