The ingredients were easy to find: borax, finely grated castile soap, baking soda, and soda ash (washing soda). All ingredients can be purchased at the grocery store. At Soule Mama's recommendation I used Dr. Bronner's peppermint castile soap this time, but next time I'm going to try lavender. I have an obsession with lavender.
The directions are simple (just combine) and the kids got a chance to develop those great fine motor skills by grating the castille soap bars.
|Extra bonus: grated soap also makes for a great sensory play activity with "snow," so for a day before I made my detergent I let the kids play around with it. So fun, and clean up is a breeze because well, it's just soap.|
|It's so fun in fact that we just had to come back to play one more time after baths...|
|When the kids were done playing I combined all ingredients (1 cup of each, but two cups of castile soap) in a pot, breaking up any lumps.|
|Store the finished product in air-tight jars and you're good to go! (And my house smells sooooo fresh!)|