Ok, so I don't like chemical stuff... I'm not OCD about it, BUT if there's a simple way to make it natural and healthy for my family, well, then sign me up!
I've been getting into this book about making your life more simple through organizing and purging. It's AWESOME. But the best part for me besides the lists (I LOVE LISTS!) is the section in the back of the book for healthy chemical free household cleaners! Eventually I want to make my home chemical free, but for now, I'm starting with laundry soap.
Here's the recipe I used:
1 half bar of laundry soap Fels Neptha is what I used
1 cup of Borax
1 cup of washing soda*
Few drops of essential oil-this is optional, but I wouldn't skip it! (I used tea tree and orange)
Also: one plastic container with a lid
*I used baking soda and it worked just fine
I bought everything from Walmart except for the oils which I found here.
In your food processor (I love the one I have! ) place the cubed pieces of the bar soap and chop until as fine as they will get. Add the bar soap, borax, oils and washing soda into the container and stir (or shake) until thoroughly combined. Use 1 tablespoon per load, 2 if heavily soiled.
Let me tell you, I just did two loads of laundry and it smells GREAT.
If you want to save even more money in the long run and eliminate the use of the dryer and dryer sheets (more chemicals..ick) then put up a clothes line and let the sun do the work for you! It's worth it. So glad I tried out this simple recipe!