Fourteen days of camping and hiking in the rain yields A LOT of muddy clothes and wet wool pants. Nothing works better for cleaning dirt and stains out of the laundry like homemade laundry soap. Plus it's cheap and very eco~ friendly! We've tried all kinds but found that the powder version works the best for our family.
1 bar of handmade soap (approx 2 C.)
1 C. Borax (deodorizes and acts as an alternative to color safe bleach)
1 C. Washing Soda (used as a natural stain remover and softener in hard water)
First we start by finely grating a bar of our handmade castile soap. We are in love with my latest creation, Patchouli~Vanilla. Yummm. Sweet and spicy laundry fresh off the line. Almost makes me excited to do a tub full in the morning!
Then we measure out the Borax and Washing Soda (Borax may irritate little fingers, so older kids or adults should probably measure out this part)
Pour all the ingredients into a glass, air tight canister.
We do all our laundry in the tub and use a quarter cup per half a tub full, so probably a few tablespoons for a washing machine. It works great in cold water and I assume it works for front loaders also, just use a little less. (If you have one of these fancy electric contraptions you know how it works!) This jar will last us about two weeks if I do a load every day and the total cost is about $2.
I'm always looking to try new homemade, eco~friendly cleaning products that actually work. If you have a favorite, I'd love to try it out!