i’m not quite sure why i’ve taken so long to actually post this… sorry crunchies!
but this routine is by far the easiest and most convenient way to wash your laundry naturally!
NO MIXING INGREDIENTS if you don’t want to! although it is more “expensive”. the cheapest requires a little mixing, but it’s SUPER cheap! here we go!
we’ll also go over 1 type you can BUY 🙂
so what can we use?
- castile soap or sal suds (as the wash… like dr bronner, dr wood, pure coconut oil soap, kirk’s naturals, etc…bar or liquid)
- washing soda (as the wash. found in laundry aisle of store)
- vinegar (as the softener. it can be white or raw acv. i use raw acv because that’s what i have, and it works just fine!)
plain liquid castile soap or sal suds for wash & vinegar for rinse:
1. for each load of laundry (if there’s no funky smells or stains), i put 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup of undiluted liquid soap or sal suds in the main wash
2. use 1/4 cup of vinegar in the fabric softener part. if you have a “final rinse” only and not a fabric softener compartment, use less vinegar. i’d say maybe 1/6 of a cup. if you have funky smells or stains, you’ll need to focus on them before the wash by hand. we’ll talk about natural stain removers in a following post 🙂
= 64 loads per gallon @ $0.86 per load for castile soap & $0.55 per load for sal suds
mix of liquid castile soap or sal suds & washing soda for the wash; vinegar for the rinse
1. start with a gallon of distilled water & a funnel. pour out about 2 cups of water first.
2. add 1 cup of your favorite liquid castile soap or sal suds
3. add 1 cup of washing soda
4. close gallon jug and shake vigourously
5. use 1/3 cup per load of laundry
6. use 1/4 cup of vinegar to rinse
= 48 loads per gallon @ $0.10 per load for the castile soap & $0.08 per load for the sal suds
mix of bar castile soap & washing soda for the wash (POWDER); vinegar for the rinse
1. grate up a bar of castile soap
2. mix with 2 cups of washing soda
3. store in sealed container
4. use 1 – 2 tablespoons (1/8 cup) of your new powder detergent for each load of laundry
5. 1/4 cup of vinegar for the rinse
= 24-48 loads per mix @ $0.17-$0.08 per load
mix of bar castile soap & washing soda for the wash (LIQUID); vinegar for the rinse
1. boil 3/4 gallon of water (12 cups)
2. cut up your bar of castile soap
3. add chunks of bar soap to boiling water, and stir a bit. turn off the heat, stir every once in awhile, and let sit till the soap is fully mixed into the water. it’ll look cloudy
4. add 1 cup washing soda and mix
5. let cool and store in a sealed container
6. use 1/4 cup per load of laundry
7. use 1/4 cup vinegar to rinse
= 56 loads per mix @ $0.06 per load
THE PREMADE YET STILL VERY CHEAP WAY:
1. buy nellie’s natural laundry soap
2. use a spoonful (spoon provided) per load of laundry
= 100 loads per container @ $0.18 per load
have you guys tried washing your clothes this way? do you have another natural laundry washing method??
**castile soaps should NOT be used with hard water. they will leave a film on your clothes. sal suds from dr bronner CAN be used in hard water, as well as the premade nellie’s. don’t worry!
*** 1 gallon of castile soap = $55; 1 gallon of sal suds = $35; 1 55oz box of washing soda = $4; 1 bar castile soap = $3; 1 gallon distilled water = $1
**DO NOT mix the vinegar and castile soap! it WILL unsaponify the soap and your laundry will be covered in a waxy, greasy film AND your laundry will not get cleaned. make sure the wash & rinse cycle compartments are completely separate and come out at separate times in the wash cycle. if not, wait till after the wash and manually add the vinegar to the rinse.