Flash forward to our ever so sweet daughter and you've got some of the most sensitive skin around. She definitely is a combo of her parents. Her allergic reactions and sensitivities are on her medical file, and weekly I have to list them at whatever appointment we might be at.
Like me, we can only use a few products on her skin. So when she was a baby, and having skin problems, we switched from All Free and Clear to Seventh Generation Free and Clear. I thought it really worked well, but I got tired of spending $20 a bottle on it.
I've been making my own house cleaners for almost 15 years now. Every now and then I will buy a Seventh Generation product, but it doesn't happen often. Basically our house is cleaned with baking soda, vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. Our laundry soap was the final hold out. So I started searching Pinterest. I wanted a laundry soap that didn't have Borax in it. I've read conflicting information about it so why chance it?
I found a blog called Delightful Creations where the author gives some great tips on making your own homemade laundry soap without Borax. Her recipe calls for baking soda, washing soda and castile soap.
I've used castile soap in the liquid form to make some of my more elaborate homemade house cleaners, but I had never used the bars before. There are several organic scents to choose from. I always come back to the peppermint and almond. It smells so clean.
I originally made a small batch to test it out. I am beyond thrilled with how this has turned out. We just thought our clothes were getting clean before. So when I noticed that I was barely having to pre-treat stains I got all kinds of giddy. I do still use Ecover Stain Remover. I've used it for years, I love it and I probably won't stop using it, but now I am needing much less of it. The dried and finished laundry is so much cleaner than it used to be. The word crisp keeps coming to mind.