Borax has been a household staple for a good part of the last four years of our lives. Although we don’t deal with it often, the occasional swarm of ants has creaked through our doors and a sugar water borax combination is a sure fire way to get rid of them.
Over the summer I bought Castile soap in order to help get rid of blight on the tomatoes.
Then one day I was surfing pinterest and came across a DIY laundry soap recipe. I looked at it and thought “Hey, I have three out of the four items; Might as well give it a try!”
Hubs and I bought some baking soda for the laundry (it’s different than the kitchen stuff) and have not looked back. We went fragrance free for the first round and this past batch I made, I added lemon scent with the lemon essential oil I got at BlogHer Food. I love it because it adds a clean smell to the laundry.
I place mine in an old laundry detergent container for two reasons. One, it’s already there and two, that way I remember the amount of money I am saving by making my own. So far we are about $10 in it (would be about $15 but I didn’t purchase the essential oils) and everything after this container will be “free” if you consider the costs of regular detergent that was bought.
Here’s how to make it:
1/4 cup borax
1/4 cup arm and hammer super washing soda
1/4 Castile soap bar, grated (mine is grated and already in water)
water for the rest of the container
Mix all but water, add to container, add water (45 fluid ounces, I guess). Use as much as you would in a traditional soap, not concentrated!