I'm pretty picky about the products I use (had you noticed?) and laundry soap is no exception. I've been using Seventh Generation "Free and Clear" laundry soap for years and really like it. But when there's an option to make something just as good- or better- myself, I have to at least give it a try!
So when my buddy Morgen successfully made her own laundry soap, I was inspired. I used this recipe and it was really easy! It can be a little tricky tracking down a couple of ingredients you'll need, but all are available online if you can't find them locally.
First, the soap. I used Dr. Bronner's soap because, really, what can't this soap do? It claims to perform nearly any cleaning task and I like the almost nonexistent fragrance of the baby soap. You'll need to grate the soap, so make sure you have a good grater handy.
Next you'll need washing soda and borax. I got the borax at Mississippi Market Co-op. I'm pretty sure most of the co-ops sell this one. The washing soda was harder to track down. After about 8 phone calls I found that none of the hardware stores carried it, but a Cub Foods grocery store did.
When you melt in the soap, be sure to stir frequently. This was kinda fun...and smelled really nice and clean!
In the end you've got 2 gallons of laundry soap! Super exciting! This is the cheapest soap ever...now I just have to see how it performs...
***Updated to add that this laundry detergent rocks! My clothes are clean and have no scent to them! Now all I need is a big 1/4 cup ladle to scoop it into the washer...