- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1 bar of Dr. Bronner’s peppermint castile soap, shredded.
Mix ingredients, use 1/8 cup (2 tablespoons) per load.
The longer version: (i.e., why I love it!)
I have been making laundry soap for a few years now, and originally I used this recipe.
Because all of the ingredients were low-sudsing, it has worked great in our HE washer. And it’s CHEAP! Recently we have been re-evaluating our laundry choices because of the Borax ingredient. Do a search for “dangers of borax” and you can see what I am talking about. I did a search for “homemade laundry soap without borax” and came up with a recipe that uses Dr. Bronner’s castile soap. I grew up using his castile liquid soap for hand soap, and I love the way that it smells. What is castile soap? It is an old fashioned way of making soap with vegetable fats instead of animal fats. It is real soap! No synthetic ingredients. Here are the ingredients for the bar soap we use, which I took off of Dr. Bronner’s page:
Organic Coconut Oil*, Organic Palm Oil*, Sodium Hydroxide**, Water, Mentha Arvensis*, Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Peppermint Oil*, Salt, Citric Acid, Tocopherol
* CERTIFIED FAIR TRADE INGREDIENTS
** None remains after saponifying oils into soap and glycerin
My take on Borax
I have also decided that I personally don’t mind using Borax for our family to wash with. I talked to my mother about it, and she told me a story that she recently heard about a man who read who was told all of the dangerous things about the light-bulbs that he was using, in favor of a more natural light bulb. He responded, “Thank you for this valuable information. I will now stop grinding up my light-bulbs and putting them in my coffee.” Borax is a detergent, and a natural one. When my soap-making friends do their magic, they wear safety goggles and gloves. The scary things that have been written about borax have convinced me not to make slime with it to play with my children, but my family has benefitted from using borax for generations, and none of us have had birth defects or fertility problems. Use the product as directed and use common sense! My initial response to the fact that borax is illegal in certain parts of Europe is that Comfrey is illegal to sell for consumption here in the states. Europe is as vulnerable to shady legislation as the states. Perhaps this is a soap-box moment from an un-educated scientific background, and so be it. I don’t have time to become an expert. Borax is cheap. Borax is effective. Borax works for my family. Besides, the only people who have told me how dangerous borax is are people who were trying to sell me their laundry detergent.
This homemade powdered laundry soap is very green, especially when you think about all of the plastic containers that I’m not buying. All of my ingredients are purchased in paper. It also saves a lot of green. And yes, it really does get your clothes clean. I am just glad that I don’t have to boil the soap over water and let it soak overnight anymore. Grate the soap, mix the ingredients, and you are done! Enjoy!
Please note: I was not paid in any way to for my endorsement of Dr. Bronner’s products, or from borax and washing soda manufacturers. This really is just a happy customer blogging about a cool product.