April is Earth Month

In honor of Earth Month, I want to share my homemade laundry detergent recipe with you.  I use 3 simple ingredients and my clothes have never been cleaner, softer and fresh.  After looking at the ingredients of most of the store brands, I've decided that my family is much better off with this simple eco-friendly recipe. Here are the 3 things I use.

I have found the borax and the washing soda pretty much everywhere.  My local grocery store has it, Walmart, Ace Hardware, etc.  Just look around in the stores laundry isle and I'm sure you'll find it. So that's the easy part.  Now the Zote on the other hand I only found at Walmart, however there is an alternate washing soap you can use called Fels Naptha. I have found that at 2 other stores. It will have the same result.  So now the question is what do I do with this stuff.  The recipe is easy. 

Use a cheese grater and grate the entire bar of washing soap (zote).  I find it easier if I unwrap and let the bar of soap sit out for a week or so to let it dry out some.  I grate it into a 5 gallon bucket just for ease of use. Now that you have your grated soap bar you can make the laundry detergent.

1 Bar Grated washing soap (zote)
1 Cup Borax
1 Cup Washing soda

Now you can use it like this, but I find the cheesy like soap a little odd, so I take a cup at a time and put it in a blender and blend it up.  This make a real nice consistent powder.   Now its ready to use.  Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load depending on dirt. 

What is great is:

  • No suds, so safe for top, front and High Efficiency washers
  • Safe for delicate items
  • Safe for sensitive skin (I have sensitive skin, eczema, and if works great)
  • Great price..if you buy 6 bars of soap and 1 box of borax and 1 box of washing soap you can make enough soap for 365 loads of wash.  One wash a day for approx. $15.00 depending on where you get the ingredients. 
So there you have it.  Simple, easy, eco and pocket friendly laundry soap.  It also makes a great carpet cleaner too!   

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