Let me start by apologizing for my hiatus! I know I have been MIA for a few weeks! We just started back to school and I have been crazy busy with the first week of teacher workdays and moving my entire classroom in just 5 days and then again last week for the first week of school. Starting back with a full week is exhausting for both the teachers and the kids! Now that we are in the swing of things I am feeling much better! I am ready for my family to get back into a more regular schedule!
Today’s posts is one of the reasons that I started this blog! I spend a lot of time on Pinterest looking for craft projects, yummy food and ways to use my oils! I often pin several ideas and then go back later to put those ideas in motion. I wanted to blog about things that I try that don’t work and things that I try that do work in an effort to save you some time but also give me a place where I can easily find the things I liked! Like… my chemical free laundry soaps! Which is what we are talking about today!
In one of my first posts I talked about my fears of using regular soaps on my family. The thought of these chemicals leaching into our systems through our skin from 24 hour exposure with items washed in these chemicals was too much for me. I also felt like it was an easy way to take a big chemical exposure out of my families life! If you want to read that post click here.
While looking for a laundry soap recipe I was being pretty picky! I had read a lot about the concerns with Borax so I did not want that in my laundry and around my kids. So, I had to find a recipe that did not include Borax. I also did not want to have to spend hours grating bars of soap for my laundry recipes. I finally found this liquid recipe!
Liquid Laundry Soap (click this heading for recipe)
I really like this one! It is very simple to make. Here are some suggestions I have for this recipe!
- The ingredients in this recipe will start to separate some while they sit. I mix mine in a large container (like a paint bucket) with a lid but then I pour some into smaller jars that I can pour them from into my machine or into a measuring utensil if you feel the need for precise measurements. This jar needs to seal well so that you can shake it and mix the ingredients some before you pour. I would recommend something along the lines of a glass milk jug. They sell them on Amazon and would look pretty in a laundry room. Home Goods is also a place I like to look for these types of jars! I have two jars so that I have a back up ready to go at all times. That way if one is empty I start using the other and I don’t have to immediately refill the jar. And… when I do go to refill the jar I can see that I need to make a new batch before I am completely out!
- This recipe calls for essential oils to be used. While I love my essential oils I skip this part! I use scented Castile soap for a light smell to my laundry soap. (By the way, I love Castile soap!) My favorite scent it the Cherry Blossom one! I just don’t want to waste my oils like that! I feel like a few drops in 2 gallons of water won’t be as beneficial as some of the other ways I could use them. (I will let you know of a way that you can use essential oils later in this post to more effectively scent your laundry if you so choose.)
This recipe takes no time to make and is so much cheaper than buying laundry soap! But the most important part is that it is healthier for your family!
Now… I know some of you out there would rather have a powder soap and here is the recipe for that. I have tried this one and like it too.
Powder Laundry Soap (click this heading for recipe)
I make mine in a mixing bowl and store in a large mason jar and I leave the measuring spoon right in the jar. It makes it so easy to use! Again, I do not use my oils in this recipe. You may wonder how I use my oils during my laundry process and I will tell you that the best way I have found to use them is in the drying process.
Another thing that I discovered while researching chemicals in our house is how dangerous drier sheets are. Not only because of the chemicals but because they are a fire hazard! I have switched to wool balls. I got mine on Amazon. They are reusable and help separate your clothing while they bounce around in the machine. Since they separate your clothes while they dry they help minimize drying time! I drop a few drops of my favorite oils on my wool drier balls. Using my oils during this step of the process allows me to smell them once my clothes are done. I felt like they went unnoticed when I was using them in any other stage of laundry. If you want to know what kind of oils I use and why you can check out my blog post here.
Another thing I think is important to mention is that I have HE front loading machines and I have used both of these recipes and the drier balls with no problems.
I hope this helps
Let’s spread kindness and love!