I started making out own laundry detergent a few years ago. It seems like with little ones laundry is a never-ending job and we were going through it like water! I did some research and came across a few different recipes to make my own. It is actually very simple and works great! I have never actually figured out how many loads we get with one batch of homemade detergent, but I do know I am saving money! I will use either Fels-Naptha bar of soap or Dr. Bonners…it depends on which one is cheaper at the time.
Homemade Laundry Detergent
Washing Soda (Arm & Hammer Brand is available at most stores)
Borox (20 Mule Team Borox is available at most grocery stores)
Bar Soap (Dr. Bonner’s, Fels-Naptha, or Ivory)
I like to add a few Tablespoons of Baking Soda to freshen up the laundry as well. I also add a few drops of essential oils too. My favorite brand is Doterra, you can order here.
- Grate your bar of soap. I use a grater, but you can also use a food processor until finely ground.
- In a large bowl, mix 2 parts Washing Soda, 2 parts Borox, and 1 part grated soap. (Now is when I add the Baking Soda and about 10 drops of essential oils.)
- Store in an airtight container. I store mine in a glass jar.
- Use 1/8 to 1/4 cup per load of laundry.
I never experienced dry, chapped lips like I have since moving to Colorado. I have lived in other places that are dry, but nothing compares to here. I tried several different kinds of lip balm. Some of them helped, but not without the hefty price of $3.50 per tube!
I have been trying to make natural products for our family. So I figured why not try to make some lip balm? I made a batch last winter and I have to say it is definitely my favorite lip balm EVER! I will never buy it again. It makes my lips so soft! I even use it on my eczema!
Homemade Organic Lip Balm
2 Tbsp Organic Coconut Oil (I buy my Coconut Oil at Costco)
2 Tbsp Organic Cocoa Butter, or Shea Butter (I use this Cocoa Butter.)
2 Tbsp Beeswax (I use this beeswax)
3-5 drops of essential oils, (I use my favorite Essential Oils. You can order from here.)
Lip balm tubes, 12 (get your here)
You will use a double boiler to melt the coconut oil, cocoa butter and beeswax together. If you don’t have a double boiler, like me, I just heat up some water in a pot and place a glass bowl on top to melt my ingredients. Once they have melted I add in my essential oils.
I tie my tubes together using a hair tie so they will stand up while I am filling them. I use a small dropper to fill them. I found that these work great. I can just toss them when I am finished since it is so hard to get all the product out of them.
One batch makes about 12 tubes and lasts us almost a year. Yesterday I made a double batch. I put some in a small glass jar since it works great on my eczema too!