The best part of this recipe other than it has a crisp clean smell is that it only costs about .02 per load!!
Homemade Laundry Powder for Babies & Sensitive Skin
What you will need:
2 Cups of Borax - 20 Mule team (Amazon - 3.97 / 76 oz)
2 Cups Washing Soda - Arm & Hammer (Walmart - 3.45 / 55 oz)
1 Bar Dove or Ivory 3-4 oz (Dollar gen brand is 1.50 for 4 bars or Amazon Ivory 8.99 for 16 Bars)
5-10 drops of Tea Tree oil.* (Disinfectent, Anti viral, Antibacterial and good for scrapes, bruises ~ skin in general) * Lavender Essential oil is another good choice to use.
1 Reusable container with air tight lid - a 3# coffee can works good and has a wide mouth for ease in getting your hand in and out. If you have nothing else to use, I have been known to go to the old standby ~ 1 Gallon ziplock bags. They are truly the Multi purpose storage / mixing bags.... plus you can "see" the things mixing together. That is a plus for me :)
First you will want to grate the bar soap very fine, I use Dove as it is a moisturizing bar that works well on sensitive skin and gentle on babies as well. I have an old blender that I use with my chopping blade and let it do the work for me. Works quite well and it will get it pretty powdery within about a minute. There is a trick however to this recipe, since the dove is a moisture bar and is a very creamy consistency, to help it get chopped up you have to improvise. You will need to add in about a cup of your washing soda into the blender to help it crumble, it will help to absorb the moisture. Also only pulse it for about 10-15 seconds at a time.
I use the same procedure as for my other dry recipes:
Layer all of your ingredients into the coffee can or your re-useable container. I do it about 1/2 of each at a time and then repeat. Top off with the Tea tree oil. Put the lid on it and roll it around to mix it up.
Get a 1 TBS spoon or scoop to leave in there and you are ready to wash your clothes AND save money. ** You only need to use 1 TBS per load. If you have a extra large capacity machine, you can use 2 TBS and your cost will still be only .04 cents per load. I love the smell of this, it reminds me of when my children were small, the smell of their clothes~ mmmm the smell of fresh Babies :) Don't forget to add your homemade (click for recipes) "Fabric Softener Liquid" or your "Laundry Freshener Crystals" to the rinse water for a complete, Frugal and Green cleaning regimine! Now we have your whole families laundry covered.
I hope you enjoy this and I look forward to you sharing your favorite recipes, hints, tricks and tips! Together we can make a change for the better that we can all live with!
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