Switch from store bought to homemade! This DIY Natural Laundry Soap is a great natural alternative. You will cut down on your exposure to harsh chemicals and dyes. Another added benefit is that you will cut down on your plastic usage, which is always a plus in my book.
A little about the ingredients:
Sodium Carbonate or Soda Ash, Washing Soda is a common base ingredient in many laundry soaps. It works as a water softener & stain remover, It can also be found at most local grocery stores on the laundry isle.
Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) is used as odor neutralizer, This is help freshen up your laundry and can also be found at your local grocery store in the baking isle.
Citric Acid, which is naturally found in common fruits and vegetables, works as a natural stain remover. (This ingredient is usually available in the canning section of your store.)
Natural Soap Shreds, used for cleaning and refreshing your clothes.
Take all the dry ingredients and pour them into a quart sized mason jar. Place the lid on and give the jar a good shake to incorporate.
Remove the lid and add the soap shreds to the dry mix.
Add your essential oil to the mix. I used Lavender for this tutorial because of it's antibacterial properties, but you can choose whichever essential oil you like. Add 20 to 40 drops of essential oil, depending on how strong you would like it. Place the lid back on and give it another good shake.
And you're done! It's that simple!
To use: add 1/4 Cup to your load and wash. * I like to add Organic Apple Cider Vinegar to my fabric softener compartment. This helps replace the need for dryer sheets. I promise your clothes will not smell like vinegar! Another great alterative is wool dryer balls.