Healthy Living, Homemaking

Heavens to Betsy (liquid laundry soap)

I got super tired of spending my families hard earned coin on garbage detergent and so I did some digging and came up with this heavenly spin on a Pinterest money saving fave!
I hacked the recipe because I couldn’t find washing soda in my dear home town, so I learned to make it and felt it was only fair to spill the beans on how!

So, dear diva, you should know that washing soda can be made easily from baking soda. All you do is cover a cookie sheet with plain ‘ol baking soda and…bake it! Go figure! About 20 minutes at 400 does the trick. You’ll see. It changes…gets softer, less composed.

That done, you’re off to the organic/fair trade/money saving races!

Here’s the recipe I used:

Whisk 1/2 cup washing soda with 1/4 cup borax. Add 1 cup boiling water.
Stir in 1T Castile soap (I used peppermint because it’s what we had on hand), 1/4 c white vinegar and 20 drops of essential oil. (I used lemon and peppermint)

Pour into an empty and clean gallon jug and top with hot water!
BOOM! Mom win!
1/4 Cup takes care of 1 large load!

If you try it, let me know how it turns out in the comments! If you’ve got questions, ask away! Bless your sparkly clean socks off for reading and sharing. I hope your have fun rocking your laundry! Cheers!

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16 thoughts on “Heavens to Betsy (liquid laundry soap)”

    1. My friend (a mom blogger with a he washer) says yes! I don’t have one (yet) so I can’t swear it does. It you try this, will you circle back and share how it went? You’re not the only one who’s asked this question. Blessings!

  1. WOW. After the initial investment of all the relatively inexpensive ingredients this sounds like a really great money saver.

    1. Jodie, a mom blogger friend on my says it is. I don’t have a fancy new-fangled machine (yet). If you try it, please follow up and let me know if you feel it’s good for an HE machine.

  2. I’m definitely trying this! I’m running low on my ‘natural’ but expensive detergent and want a cheaper alternative. Thanks. My site has a ‘green’ post about going paperless 😉

  3. Hi Shannyn! This laundry soap recipe came up today as one of my previous posts. I totally forgot to give it a try and was wondering if you still use it or if you’ve found something you like better? Thanks!! Hope all is going well with your next “new” home!!! God bless🌷

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