Before I even start talking about laundry soap, I need to tell you that I stole this recipe. I can’t take credit for this recipe but I wanted to post it so that my followers and clients have access to it. I stole it from The Village Witch
I really like this recipe because it has ingredients that are available in the UK and a lot of recipes online are american recipes that use borax, which is difficult to get hold of in the UK and Europe (it may actually be banned but the information online is very unclear).
This recipe is fine for septic tanks and is environmentally friendly. It is also suitable for HE washers because it is very low suds.
I highly recommend this recipe to everyone because of the monetary savings but especially to those with skin conditions. Your clothes and laundry come into contact with your skin 24/7 and if you are sensitive to your laundry soap then your skin will never get the chance to heal!
The Village Witch’s Laundry Soap Recipe
You can buy these ingredients from Natural Selection for natural alternatives to home cleaning, links below for the items you need.
- 2.5kg Natural Borax Substitute = £7.50
- 2kg = Soda Crystals = £2.00
- 500g = Bicarbonate of Soda = £1.50
- 3 x bars of soap (standard size approx 125g-150g bars) = £1.50 (I’d recommend Kirk’s Castile)
- 1kg = Chlorine Free Oxygenated Bleach (OPTIONAL – the recipe works perfectly fine without this BUT if you have stubborn stains this is then beneficial) = £3.93 (you will have some left over!)
- 35 drops of essential oil (OPTIONAL) = £1.00 (eBay is the cheapest place for essential oils! Lavender is only £1.00, we personally use sweet orange as it makes the whole house smell beautiful when we do the washing!)
= 6.5kg approx of 4 in 1 washing powder (plus in built conditioner, water softener and stain removal) for £17.43
Grate the soap into a large bowl and once all grated, run your hands through the soap mix so that it starts to fall apart into really small pieces.
Mix everything else in and really mix well.
If using essential oil for aroma, add at the end and break up lumps that this will cause in the mix, stir and mix thoroughly.
This recipe above makes approx 6.5kg of laundry powder.
Simply add 1 and a half egg cups of powder (approx 80g) to the washing powder tray in your washing machine and use on any heat of washing maching from 30 degrees +.
The mix should wash about 82 washes, but remember you will not need fabric conditioner, limescale preventers such as Calgon or any stain removal powder or liquid such as Vanish or OxyClean with this mix.
So price wise this is how it works out:
Homemade laundry powder mix for 82 washes = £17.43
Ariel Powder 85 washes (ok so it gives you 3 more washes but this was as close as we could find!)
http://www.tesco.com/groceries/Product/Details/?id=271842700 = £16.00
Comfort Fabric Conditioner 85 washes
http://www.tesco.com/groceries/Product/Details/?id=264397281 = £6.50
Calgon Tablets 45 tabs
http://www.tesco.com/groceries/Product/Details/?id=261697247 = £12.50 (x 2 for rough estimate) = £25.00
Vanish Stain Remover 1kg
http://www.tesco.com/groceries/Product/Details/?id=262163895 = £8.70
= £56.20 – take off the extra £6.20 to allow for over washes of powder, conditioner and tabs and lets round it up to £50.00
Homemade = £17.43 vs Commercial Chemical Brands = £50.00
That is a saving of £32.57 every 82 washes!
With thanks to The Village Witch for a brilliant recipe.