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Three years ago, I discussed laundry soap DIY for the first time. I’d tested several recipes before that post and settled on the one I published as my favorite.
Occasionally along the way since that time, I tested alternate soaps to see if I found any notable difference that I might prefer.
Recently, I began using Zote soap because of its fresh, clean scent. The smell is as satisfying as the process of grating it into the batch with a hand grater.
Also, I’ve permanently added Oxi Clean to my recipe. It’s a very helpful ingredient and one that’s quite necessary on a dirty farm. If you’re going more natural, you can leave the Oxi Clean out of the recipe.
Of course, I wanted to share my new favorite soap recipe with you. 🙂
- 3 (14.1-oz.) bars Zote soap
- 1 (4-lb) box of Borax
- 1 (3-lb, 7-oz) Super Washing Soda
- 1 (1.77-lb) box Oxi Clean
- Grate Zote soap with hand grater or food processor.
- Place into a large container for storing your laundry soap.
- Add all other ingredients and stir well.
- For HE washing machines, add 1 Tablespoon per load.
Rather than fabric softener, add a cup of white vinegar to each load. I learned this trick years ago when washing baby clothes.
I find that fabric softener coats things to lack the absorbent nature. Have you noticed your towels not absorbing liquid easily? It’s likely your fabric softener.
The addition of white distilled vinegar brightens, whitens, softens, and reduces odors without harsh chemicals.
A helpful dryer fluffer are these felted wool dryer balls.
The plastic fluffers don’t last very long. They deteriorate quickly and need replacing. I’ve gotten far more mileage from the felted wool ones.
My favorite part is the scent of lavender essential oil I sprinkle on them every second or third load.
It’s almost as good as sitting on the porch with the scent of lavender blowing in the breeze. Almost. But, nothing is ever as good as the real thing! But, we can try, right?
If you’re interested in ordering the felted wool dryer balls, here are two sizes available at Amazon*.
I use whatever essential oils I have on hand, but I think you’d be safe to use any type you like – and any scent. It’s the scent we’re after, so there’s no reason to need organic.
In what other ways do you use essential oils?
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