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Homemade Laundry Soap Review #2 and Review of Trader Joe’s Lavender Dryer Bags

Here is an update on how we are liking the homemade laundry soap we have been using for a month and a half.

Loving it!

This is the recipe I used and I cut it in half the first time.  I was down to about 3-5 loads worth of soap left so I made a full batch of it tonight.  I made it with a friend this time and we grated the soap on the small side of the grater and it melted much faster.  I would say the entire process took less than fifteen minutes…and it only took that long because we were chatting.

My baby has not had eczema at all since about a week after we started using the soap.  Before we were using fragrance free ALL and he had horrible patches of dry skin all over his cheeks and head and tummy.  We had also tried Dreft with the same results.  His skin is so perfectly soft and smooth now!  This is because we stopped using fabric softener and use vinegar in the rinse cycle instead.

The only downside I have noticed so far is it is a little messier to use.  I keep a 1/4 cup next to my soap bucket that I scoop it up with.  I use a small container to catch the drips from the cup after I use it.

dryer bags I recently discovered lavender dryer bags that I have been using to add a little fragrance to my clean clothes.  I bought them at Trader Joe’s.  Each pouch can be used 5-10 times (I use them at least twice that amount) and then you break it open and sprinkle the dried lavender on the carpet and vacuum it up and it leaves your floors smelling fresh.  The first time you use a pouch the scent is pretty strong so I use it on towels and sheets first.  Each time you use it the smell gets a little lighter.  It was $3.69 for four pouches, which is not bad, but I will be looking for a cheaper alternative.


  • You’ve got me thinking – I might sew up my own lavender bags (I wonder if you could refresh your bags with lavendar essential oil?) Or does the bag degrade over time?

  • whim

    Corrie, great idea on refreshing with the oil. I have been thinking about how to sew some reusable bags as well. I was thinking maybe some muslin and good velcro tucked inside good to prevent snags…although, not sure how well velcro would hold. Anyway, I am sure it could be done a lot cheaper.

    The pouch does degrade a bit over time. I read on another review of the Trader Joe’s pouches that one lady saves her older ones up after several uses and then tosses 2-3 old ones in each load for a few times until the bags are on their last leg…then uses them on her floors. It gets a few more loads in.

  • Angi and I are going to make some up and start using it. It costs an arm and a leg to keep clothes, sheets, blankets, & towels clean for 9 people. I wish we had a clothes line. With our hot summers they would be done drying by the time you got the last of the batch hung!

  • whim

    Awesome, mom! I think you will like it. The first week I really liked it. The second week I missed the scents in regular soap and wasn’t sure if I would keep it up. Now I think the smell and feel of clothes with regular soap would drive me nuts. The cost comparison is not even close.

    We have been looking for a clothesline too. We want a retractable one and they didn’t have one at Lowe’s so we have been meaning to stop by Home Depot.

    Let me know how it goes!

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