With SO many DIY laundry soap recipes out there I wanted to share the recipe my family loves for 4 reason:
- It is tried and true! I have gone through the Pinterest library of recipes and this one works!
- This recipes is perfect for families who have sensitive skin issues like we do. Skip the Dreft and dye free Tide and try this recipe.I originally began making laundry soap 7 years ago when I discovered that my eldest daughter had sensitive skin and eczema. Using this soap recipe is PERFECT for sensitive skin.
- It is perfect for the newer energy efficient or higher end machines. My husband and I recently upgraded our washer machine. The newer, higher-end machine requires us to use “sud-free” laundry soap. When I discovered this I was so excited because homemade laundry soap IS sud-free.
- My recipes is simple & budget friendly! So many other recipes call for many ingredients that after the labor of making it and buying all the ingredients, it is more cost effective to just buy laundry soap. Not this one. 🙂
Traurig Laundry Soap
- 1 bar fels naptha soap (I buy these at Publix for around $1.19)
- 4 cups hot water (plus more later)
- 1 cup washing soda (I buy a whole box of this at Publix for under $4.00)
- 1/2 cup borax (I buy a whole box of this at Publix for under $4.00)
- 10 drops doTERRA lavendar (optional)
I suggest investing in a 5 gallon bucket with a lid.
- Grate the borax bar. by hand or in your food processor
- Add grated soap to a large saucepan with the hot water
- Heat (and stir) until the grated bar melt completely into the water
- Pour the soapy mixture into your 5 gallon bucket
- Fill the bucket 1/2 way with more hot tap water
- Add the borax, washing soda, and lavender
- Fill the bucket the rest of the way with hot tap water
- Cover and let it sit overnight (or for 10+hours)
The mixture will thicken overnight. The next day you can add your laundry soap into smaller containers. I would suggest diluting it maybe 3/4 soap and 1/4 water.
- Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads)
- Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)