Everything used to clean my home, I make myself. Except laundry detergent.
I’ve had a laundry soap recipe I’ve wanted to try for ages and thought it would be fun to make it a class project in our current Aromatherapy Certification Program so we could learn something new together! I can’t wait to hear the feedback from the students of how they liked it when they return to class in May. (Note: I realized after seeing the pictures that we didn’t wear disposable gloves. For your home use that’s fine, but if you’re making anything to sell to the public, please wear gloves!)
The recipe below is easy, inexpensive and makes a lot!
- Borax – 6 cups
- Baking Soda – 6 cups
- Washing Soda – 2 cups
- Hard Castile Soap (grated) – 4 cups (buy two bars)
- Organic Essential Oil of Lemon – 60 drops
- Organic Essential Oil of Lavender – 30 drops
Mix the ingredients in a large container, slowly pouring in a few cups at a time. This makes it easier to blend the ingredients and you’re less likely to get a nose full of powder. Add the essential oils last. Store in a sealed container.
What we learned…
1. Grating the hard soap.
We used Dr. Brommers Lavender Castile bar soap.
(bought at Target)
You will need 1 1/2 bars to make 4 cups
This took the most time and muscle.
We agreed the holes in this grater were too small and a
A grater with wider holes would roduce soap flakes faster and easier.
2. The recipe
The original recipe called for 8 cups of baking soda.
Since we only had enough for 6 cups,
we improvised and added 2 cups of washing soda!
And here’s the finished product!
(In a pretty jar I found at a yard sale)
Have YOU ever made your own laundry soap?
If so, please share in the comments section below and tell us what you used and how it worked!