This post is a follow up to our previous Laundry Soap Recipe post. We want to share with you some improvements to our famous laundry soap recipe and also update you on the entire laundry process.
DIY Laundry Soap Recipe
- A 1-gallon jug (with lid)
- 1/2 cup Borax
- 1/2 cup Washing Soda
- 1/2 cup Blue Dawn Dish Detergent
- Hot water
- In the 1-gallon jug, pour in the Borax and Washing Soda (use a funnel to make pouring the ingredients easier)
- Add 1-inch of HOT water to the jug (I use the hottest water I can get from my faucet)
- Put the lid on the jug and shake it up (this is to mix-in the powders)
- Fill the jug with HOT water to about one inch from the top
- Add the Blue Dawn Dish Detergent to the water mixture in the jug
- Put the lid back on and shake the mixture to complete
Make sure you do not add the Dawn Dish Soap before filling the jug with water or you will have “suds” everywhere!
- Expert Tip # 1: After sitting for a while, some of the powder mixture may settle to the bottom of the jug. Before using each time, simply give the jug a little shake to remix the detergent again and you are good to go!
- Expert Tip # 2: We have started making-up the Borax and washing soda mix ahead of time in small Ziploc bags. Once you use the powder mixture for a bottle of laundry soap, simple reuse the Ziploc for another round of mixture
Let us know what you think! Did you like the detergent? Did you LOVE the detergent?
Another update to our laundry process was to change out our fabric softener with White Vinegar (WV). WV will clear away the alkaline build-up left on fabrics by detergents and remove the residue that dulls fabrics. Your clothes will be softer and brighter. I pour the WV directly into the fabric softener dispenser.
In place of Chlorine bleach, I use Hydrogen Peroxide (HP). HP is a mild bleaching agent that can remove stains as well as whiten and brighten clothes. I add about one cup of HP to each load of laundry directly into the bleach dispenser. I use the same HP for laundry that is found in the First Aid aisle at the drug store.
We recently struggled to find the Arm & Hammer Washing Soda we usually use in this recipe in our “normal” store. They are no longer carrying the product. If you have found yourself in the same “wash-tub”, never fear! We found an alternative and are purchasing it in-bulk online. Washing Soda is just Sodium Bicarbonate and you can follow this link to purchase it in bulk online.