Homemade Laundry Soap Without Washing Soda or Borax thumbnail
1 cup Borax 1 cup washing soda (this is different from baking soda) 1 bar of soap. (most laundry-soap-maker connoisseurs recommend Fels-Naptha or Zote, dove, or ivory) You need to grate your bar of soap. You might need to run the soap in the food processor until it was really fine, if you wash in cold. Then you mix 1 cup Borax and 1 cup washing soda with the grated bar of soap and put it in a container. Mix it all up. Voila! The best part is you only use 1 Tbsp per load.
1 cup Washing soda or Baking soda (I've seen many recipes that use both so use whatever you have on hand or a combination of the two.) 1 cup Borax (Borax and baking soda/wash are both natural disinfectants and mild abrasives.) 1/4 cup Kosher salt (reduces the effects of hard water) 1/4 cup citric acid (available at brewing places also. Or as an alternative you can use the same amount of Fruit Fresh or two packets of Lemonade-Flavored Kool-Aid, ONLY lemon and ONLY unsweetened!)
DIY Washing Soda Fill baking pan (I used a 9×13 cake pan) with 1-2 cups of baking soda and bake at 400° for 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the amount you use. Make sure to stir a few times during baking time. You will know the baking soda has turned to washing soda by shining a flashlight on it (or looking at it in sun light). If it looks dull and does not reflect light, then it has turned to washing soda. If it still looks sparkly, like sugar or salt crystals, then it is still baking soda.
Just ½ cup of Borax poured down your drain will unclog it when you follow with a couple of cups of boiling water. Add the Borax followed by the boiling water and leave for at least 15 minutes. Then just run your tap water until it is all flushed out.
Finally! A dry (non-messy) DIY Laundry Detergent that works. Costs less than a nickel a load and is a greener alternative (no more jugs in the landfill). Safe for septic, better for the environment and works in cold water (also safe for HE washing machines). :-)
Be Cool Wash clothes in cold water. You may already know that this saves energy, but do you know how much? “Up to 90 percent of the cost of washing clothes comes from heating the water, so use hot water only for very dirty clothes,” says Adam Gottlieb of the California Energy Commission. Another tip: “Match the water level to the amount of clothes, or wait to wash full loads,” suggests Clement. “The water savings can be enormous.”
Genius!!! Each member of the family has a mesh lingerie laundry bag, and a hook. They put their dirty socks in the bag each night. Then when it's full, you wash the whole mesh zipped up bag, and give it back! No more sorting through and figuring out which socks are for which person! Wonderful idea if they would actually PUT the socks in the bag! Might have to try this one!