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I never planned to make my own laundry soap. It didn’t seem that much better (it is), or cheaper (it is), or worth the hassle- but it really is! I changed my mind when I realized that week after week, my laundry smelled like it just came out of storage within a day or two of being washed. I tried different products that should have freshened things up, but they never worked. I finally realized it was caused by my water- we have a very high mineral content in my area. We have VERY hard water and apparently it really affects the freshness of my laundry. I decided I was tired of smelling like an old closet and gave homemade laundry soap a try.
This laundry soap is low/non-foaming, so it’s safe for HE washers. Experiment with the amount you use – front loaders need less than top loaders, and I vary the amount for size of load and how soiled the clothes are. In a front loader, for an average load use 1-2 Tbsp. Top loaders will need at least ¼ c. DO NOT use with bleach! OxiClean and Bleach don’t play well together.
1 box Borax (4 lb. 12 oz.)
1 box OxiClean (3 lb.)
1 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (3 lb. 7 oz.)
Combine the ingredients and you’re set for clean laundry that smells great!
This recipe can easily be changed to fit your tastes and laundry needs. I chose this combination because it works so well with mineral-filled water. Instead of Zote Soap, use 4 bars Fels Naptha Soap, grated Instead of Gain, use 1 container Downy Unstopables (19.5 oz.) Other scents can be substituted as well.
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