Natural Lavender Laundry Detergent
Just so none of you show up at the revolution in dirty clothes, here’s a super cheap and easy recipe for home made Lavender Laundry Detergent. This ends up costing pennies per load of wash.
I love real lavender! It’s my favorite. The natural Lavender laundry $oap I’ve been buying costs a fortune. This recipe is a money saver. I’ve been using this for a month and it works great. I mostly use it to extend the fancy store bought stuff. I think I’ve saved about 15 bucks so far. Not enough to buy a house, but maybe enough to go out to dinner with your friends. I guess it depends where you all dine.
I found a few versions of this. It’s really easy. Reviews of folks who’ve made it say it works great. One warning, they also say it doesn’t bubble up a lot. Second warning, please heed the warnings on the 3 main ingredients. Next warning, please be careful of the hot liquid cause it’s hot. Last warning, I am not responsible if you somehow manage to injure yourself making this.
In a sauce pan melt 1/3 bar of grated Fels Naptha (or Ivory) in about 6 cups of water. Once the grated soap is melted, add 1/2 cup each of 20 Mule Team Borax and Arm and Hammer Washing Soda, (not baking soda) Pour about 5 cups of hot water into a clean 2 gallon bucket that has a lid.* Add the soapy concoction, now pour in more hot water till the bucket is 3/4 of the way full. (About a gallon and a half). Stir. Cover tightly & cool overnight. Add 15 - 20 drops of lavender essential oil, (or your favorite essential oil)
Once it’s cool and ready to use, it has the consistency of a watery gel. If you don’t like the consistency, play with the amounts a little when you make the next batch. Pour into old laundry detergent containers & Shake before each use. Use 1/2 cup to 1 cup per load depending on how dirty the laundry is.
* I bought 2 white buckets with lids for about 6 bucks each. Make sure and test the lids to see if they are tight fitting. The first few I tried, the lid was easily knocked off and this could be dangerous if you have kids. I will be reusing these buckets for future batches. I’ll reuse the soap containers that I have in my laundry right now to store the soap as I use it. That way it will be easier to shake up each time.
Yayyy nothing better than clean clothes, wahooo!