Learn how to make laundry soap. Not only can this help the environment, you may be able to save a buck or two at the same time.
How to Make Laundry Soap
18 cups water (1 gallon and 2 cups or 1 gallon and 1 pint)
1 cup grated bar soap
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
1 clean container or pail with lid
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the grated soap and turn down the heat to low. Stir until the soap has dissolved. Pour the liquid into your container.
Add the borax and the soda and stir until these two ingredients have dissolved.
Stir in 1 gallon of water until mixed well. Cover.
Let the mix sit for 24 hours before you use it the first time. The consistency should be somewhere around "goopy," more or less, depending on the type of soap that you used.
Stir before you do your laundry and use ¼ cup per load.
You should be able to find borax in the clothes detergent section at your grocery store. You may have a little harder time finding washing soda. Washing soda is different than baking soda. If it isn't in the same area as the borax, ask for help. If you can't find it brick and mortar, you can buy it online.
How to Make Laundry Soap Variations
You have several soap choices. You can try use your own, homemade soap. If you use store-bought soap, avoid ones that have a lot of perfume in them. You can also use Fels-Naptha, a bar laundry soap. If you choose, save up all those little soap nubs that are left over and grate them up.
You might want to try experimenting with the soap to water ratio to find the best combination for you.
Add between five and seven drops of essential oil to your detergent after the mix has cooled to room temperature for a pleasant aroma.
While not technically an organic laundry soap, this detergent is certainly more environmentally friendly than many other alternatives available to you. In addition, the savings that you reap will make you smile.
Humans have been working with lye for millennia, so it obviously doesn't kill everybody who touches it. But it can.
Liquid soap is easy to make and requires few special ingredients. Experiment with essential oils to produce scents you like.