How many everyday products do we use and not actually know what they contain? For example: lotion, shampoo, deodorant, hairspray, toothpaste, mouthwash, laundry soap, fabric softener, etc..
Like most people, I didn’t even think about it. I always loved anything that smelled good, to me anyways. I have always loved strong smelling things, one of my favorites being fabric softener. As a matter of fact, when I would walk by the laundry section in the store I would open the bottles to smell them! This made my mom a bit concerned, understandably.
Since then, I have learned about the many harmful chemicals that are in most laundry soaps. You can in some places buy all natural laundry soap, those are defiantly a better choice! The last few years I have tried to focus on being economical in addition to being as healthy as possible. I have figured out a way to make effective, cheap and good smelling laundry soap. I have been doing this for over a year now and our clothes smell and look clean as a whistle!
Here’s what I do 🙂
Since I am unable to buy pre-made washing soda, I just buy larger amounts of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and turn it into washing soda myself.
Put a bunch of baking soda on a baking sheet and place it in the oven on 200*C (or 400 *F) for 30 minutes. (I used 2 kilos of baking soda for this recipe). Take this out of the oven to mix around a time or 2 as the soda gets sort of clumpy and somewhat crystallized. You also want to make sure it’s evenly baked.
You can see that the baking soda is somewhat crystallized. This is perfect!
Let it cool down for about 10 minutes before putting it into the container that you want to keep it in.
Meanwhile, you can start on the soap bar! This is what I use:
If you aren’t able to find this, you can use any kind of non-oily soap. I have done it with other types and it works great.
You are going to grate this so that it turns into small shavings.
Don’t salivate too much over this picture, no cheese here! You would have squeaky clean teeth though… haha!
I used about 3/4 of this soap bar this time since I was doing a larger amount of laundry soap.
When you’re done, put the washing soda and the soap shavings into the container you plan on keeping this in and mix it together.
This is how it should look, and that’s it!
This lasts me for quite awhile and I just love it.