Okay, okay, I know these recipes are all over Pinterest and Google and blogland – BUT for us Canadians, we can’t get the same ingredients that you can in the States.
So we have to improvise…
For instance, for the life of me, I can’t find Fels Naptha soap anywhere.
Arm and Hammer baking soda – yes,
Washing soda – not so much.
I’ve tried cooking the baking soda at high heat to get a version of the washing soda, but I don’t feel confident it’s the same.
I’m going to give you my made-in-Canada version of the recipe:
- 1 container Oxi-Clean
- 3 bars Ivory soap (don’t substitute with another soap – Ivory is known for not leaving a residue)
- 1 box Borax
- 1 box Arm & Hammer baking soda
- 1 bottle (you’ll only use as much as you like) of essential oil in the scent of your choice. I like fresh linen from Bath & Bodyworks
- 1 small box of laundry detergent
You caught that last ingredient didn’t you?
Seems redundant to make laundry detergent from laundry detergent – but in the absence of the Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda, I like to use a mini-box of no-name soap just to be sure I have some detergent in the recipe.
Put the Ivory bars in the food processor to finely grind.
Put all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix with a hand mixer to make sure everything is evenly incorporated.
Add in drops of the essential oil to your taste and mix again.
Store in an air-tight container.
By using the small box of laundry detergent and the rest of this recipe, you’ll still be saving money…
you only need 2 tbsp of this mixture per load of laundry – where the store-bought will tell you to use a half cup or more.
Depending on the volume of laundry at your house, this recipe could last you up to a year!
For our family of four – 3 of which are Diva’s and wear more than one outfit per day – this will last 6 months.
Have a great one!