About a year ago I woke up one morning and I had hives all over my arms and my legs. At first I thought it was caused from working in my flower garden because I have been known to break out from different grasses and weeds. I took a shower and some allergy medicine but by later that after noon I knew something was not right. The hives were everywhere even on my face. I called my doctor and they got me in right away. It only took my doctor about thirty seconds to diagnose me. I was allergic to my laundry soap.
Ever since I was a child I have had very sensitive skin. My mom was only able to use tide on my clothes, anything else caused my skin to get dry or a minor rash. As an adult I was able to use a few more soaps and then all of the sudden I could not use anything with even the smallest amount of scent. I had been thinking about making my own laundry soap for awhile, I knew it was cheaper but I was just not ready to take the plunge. After my doctor telling me I really needed to stay away from all scented soaps I made the switch.
Over the next couple weeks I tried a couple recipes, played around with amount and finally we decided on what we liked for our soap. We went with the following recipe -
1 full bar of Fels Naptha
1 small container of oxi clean ( the off brand works the same and that is what I usually buy )
1 large box of washing soda
1 large box of baking soda
1 average sized box of borax
I mix this up in a large container I have and this lasts me months of washing. It takes 1 full scoop ( I use the scoop from the oxi clean ) for regular laundry and 3/4 scoop ( plus a rinse ) for cloth diapers.
If there is a stain I rub oxi clean and soak it first. Otherwise all my clothes comes clean, my diapers are fresh smelling and best of all my skin is soft and hive free.