Do you make your own laundry soap?  I’ve never done the math but I know this is a huge money saver for us.  Also, all the natural, low sudsing ingredients work great in our HE washer.

In making my own laundry soap I follow the same “recipe” you see again and again on blogs all over.  I choose Castile soap over Fels-Naptha because it grates into finer pieces so I don’t worry about it not dissolving and working properly.330edit

By mixing together two cups of baking soda, 12oz grated castile soap, a 3lb 7oz box of Washing Soda, and a 4lb 12oz box of Borax I end up with enough laundry soap to last me about five months (using two rounded tablespoons per load). 

My favorite aspect of this soap is the fragrance, or rather, lack thereof.  Since using this soap I’ve become so sensitive to the fake perfume-y scents of typical commercial detergents and fabric softeners.  It’s really quite overwhelming!  Give me the truly clean fresh smells any day over the manufactured overpriced detergents available.  

{Disclaimer ~ Please do your own research before deciding to use homemade laundry soap in your washing machine.  I’m sure, results may vary, and I don’t want to take the blame if homemade laundry soap disagrees with your washing machine.} 

Do you have an alternative to commercial laundry detergent that you love?  I’ve used soap nuts before and liked them (that reminds me I’d like to try them out in our newer HE washer).  

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