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Quick and Easy Homemade Laundry Soap For Sensitive Skin

Look how lovely it looks

Look how lovely it looks

Quick and Easy Laundry Soap for Sensitive Skin

 

I never thought I would make homemade laundry soap.  I mean why would I?  I can just go to the market and pick some up right?

My husband and two sons have super sensitive skin to most laundry detergents and my oldest son even breaks out in hives if I use something on the ‘no no’ list.  We had been using All Free and Clear and it worked for a few years but they are complaining again of itchy and dry skin. So instead of spending a bunch of money trying a new variety of detergents to figure out what we could use next I decided to  Google homemade laundry soap for sensitive skin and see what I could find.
I ran across this blog post http://thethriftycouple.com/2012/01/26/homemade-laundry-detergent-powder-recipe-like-ivory-snow-and-dreft-soap/ that a very informative woman wrote. I chatted with her for a few days, ran our situation by her and decided to go ahead and  give her homemade laundry soap a try.
After 3 days of them wearing clothes washed in it the itchy complaints have stopped.    Of course, this was a blind study because I think sometimes they just get an idea in their heads and run with it LOL.   I do want to point out that I chose baking soda over the washing soda because it is less caustic.  I don’t have little kids anymore so the clothes don’t get that dirty.  *please note: I have since stopped using the baking soda and switched over the washing soda.  There is a difference.
Update: Use washing soda rather than baking soda.  There is a difference

Update: Use washing soda rather than baking soda. There is a difference

It was so inexpensive and super easy to make anyone could do it.  $4.99 for the Borax, $1.00 for the Ivory soap and $2.99 for the Baking Soda.  That is a lot less than the cost of the All Detergent.  Plus it is even less when you separate it out into how many batches I can make.  With the 3 pack soap we know I can at least make 3 batches.  I think though that it would make at least 5 if I had bought a 5 pack of Ivory rather than the smaller package.
I was also surprised at how little I have use.  I use 1 to 2 tablespoons depending on what I am washing and it gets them sparkly clean and there is no detergent odor left on the clothes.
Who know that homemade laundry soap would be one of the first tiny steps in my quest of self sufficiency and prepping for the anything that might come up.
Please post any questions you might have and I will do my best to answer them or at least point you in the right direction to get it answered.

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UPDATE:

I decided to do a cost analysis of my laundry soap to see how much I am really saving.

First, I made a tally mark every time I did a load of laundry.  One tally for every load.  I use one tablespoon per load.  If you have a messy family you may need to use more.

laundry soap

It came to 77 loads total.

It broke down like this:

10 pack of soap from Safeway on sale for $1.99 making it about .20 per bar.

The borax and washing soda I got as a combo pack from Amazon.  76 oz of borax and 55 oz of washing soda for $16.66  or $8.33 each making it 1.75 per 2 cups of borax and 2.42 for 2 cups of washing powder.  For a grand total of $4.37 cents a batch or about .06 a load.  You can’t beat that even with a stick!

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