Clean Clothes Without The Chemicals
For beautifully clean clothes, the natural, healthy way, homemade laundry soap is a great, and really easy, option. It's a super cheap, chemical free and works just as well as the shop bought stuff. And you don't need a million ingredients or have to scour the remote corners of the internet to find what you need. Just plain, natural soap (without any chunks of herbs or flowers), baking soda, washing soda and borax. The baking soda will remove any odours from your clothes. The borax softens your water to aid cleaning. And the washing soda, which is chemically quite similar to baking soda but just a lot stronger, will neutralise the natural moisturisers found in the soap.
Soap, approximately 4 to 5 ounces - about one large bar or two medium ones. Or some soap flakes
2/3 cup of bicarbonate of soda (also called baking soda)
1 cup of Borax
1 1/3 cup of washing soda (also called soda crystals)
Organic essential oils (optional)
Using the finest side of a cheese grater, grate your soap into a bowl. It should be about two cups worth. You can use a food processor if you're a grater hater.
Add the rest of the dry ingredients and mix together. If you want to add any essential oils then do so now. You only need around 3 or 4 drops. Mix thoroughly and store in an air tight jar - something like an old jam jar is perfect.
Use around 3 or 4 tablespoons in each wash and add some vinegar to the drawer too. Vinegar is an excellent softener and will help rinse out any excess soap suds. Give the jar a little shake every now and then to stop the mixture separating too much.