Homemade Laundry Soap

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For a while now, I have been wanting to make my own laundry soap. Less chemicals, less expense.

I have looked online for recipes and many of them start with making your own regular soap, to then grate into the recipe. I really don’t want to mess with lye yet, so I bypassed all of those. I finally settled on one that was very simple. Grate a bar of Fels-Naptha and mix it with 1 cup each of Borax and Arm & Hammer Washing Soda.

So I did.

Hmm. I tried the first load with it. The clothes look and smell clean, so it worked well. But I can’t stand the smell of the detergent! Once the clothes are clean, it’s fine; they smell normal. But my nose has something against Fels Naptha. The moment I opened the bar, it smelled bad to me. Grating it obviously released the scent even more and while the washer was going, the smell was intense.

Back to the drawing board! 🙂


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