Making homemade laundry detergent tabs has been on my list for a long time! I’m not sure why I was so scared of making this homemade product. I guess I was always so afraid it was going to be so hard to make and cost a lot in supplies… but oh my was I wrong. This was so easy and the cost is about 7 cents a load!!
Supplies need for making Laundry Soap Tabs:
- 1-1/2 cups of washing soda (can be found here or at your local supermarket)
- 1 bar of Castile Soap (this is what I used)
- 2 tbls Epson Salt (found here or your local supermarket)
- 1/3 – 1/2 cup Vinegar
- 15-20 drops of essential oils (see here for what I use)
- mold for squares + (this is the one I have)
- Container to put them in
Please note there are Borax soap and regular baking soda in the picture but for this recipe, I didn’t use it.
The first thing I did was grate the bar of Castile soap, I used the fine grade side of my grader. Yeah, this part sucks a bit but it goes fast. Note: you can also use a food processor to complete this step.
Then I added the washing soda, Epsom salts, and slowly added in the vinegar until it became the consistency of wet sand. Add more vinegar as needed.
After it was mixed I added in the essential oils. This time around I used 5 drops of Young Living Purification (to help with disinfecting) and then added in 4 drops of Citrus Fresh (would have added more but that is all I had left), 6 drops lemon, and 4 drops lavender. Stirred it well and then packed it to the molds.
The best thing about using EO’s is that you can make it fit your ideal smell, mix, and match to whatever you like.
If you have a HE machine you probably only have to fill the molds until 3/4ths filled but I was trying to use up everything and really stuffed them to use it all up. It didn’t all fit in the mold so I still had to make a few with a tablespoons and place them on parchment paper anyway. In the future, I will probably purchase another mold so I can so them all at once and not have to mess with the tablespoon. Once they were in the molds I used a spray bottle with a mixture of vinegar and water and drenched them. Then I let them sit overnight to dry out.
The next morning I popped them out of the mold and added them to the jar (I found the jar at Michaels and then decorated it with my Silhouette). Amazon has some cute ones too.
I used these tabs this morning for two loads of laundry and all turned out great! I have hard well water and this made the laundry come out bright and soft… And not egg smelling! Something I usually didn’t get unless I was using those heavily toxic store brands.
I can’t believe I waited so long to try this out! Next up is dishwashing tabs 🙂
Click the image below to learn more about Essential Oils and all their uses!
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