Friday, March 27, 2009

Laundry Soap for Sensitive Skin

I have two kids with sensitive skin, so I make their laundry soap. This recipe comes from The Handbook of Vintage Remedies by Jessie Hawkins.

Gentle Baby Laundry Soap
1/2 c. borax
2 c. baking soda (one 16 oz. box)
1/2 c. liquid vegetable soap
15 drops lavender oil (opt.)
1 c. distilled water
Mix all. Sometimes I use my hand to break up the chunks of borax. Instead of adding lavender, you can use lavender liquid soap. A couple big scoops with a tablespoon is enough for a large load.

Here is Jessie's website, Vintage Remedies. Go there for more great tips and recipes.


  1. By the way, what is "liquid vegetable soap"?

    Does it really work well?
    What other recipes that you use in the Vintage Remedies?
    I've always wanted to try to make homemade soaps. I'll have to try this. I'm wondering about borax. Where do you find that?

    The gluten free biscuits look very yummy! I'm eating gluten free right now, so you just gave me something fun to try.

    You have such a nice blog with such interesting posts. I'm so glad I discovered your blog.
    Sorry I didn't have my questions all together in my first comment! ha!
    Dancing Barefoot on Weathered Ground

  2. Borax is in the laundry soap aisle at Wal-mart. It's a box of powdered "natural laundry booster". 20 Mule Team is the brand I've found. The original recipe calls for "washing soda". I just assumed that meant borax, although it could mean something else. You have to go to the health food store to get the liquid vegetable soap. Dr. Bronner's pure castille-soap is a popular brand and less expensive than some others I've seen. Unfortunately, it has all kinds of weird doctrines printed all over the outside of it, but so do the other brands I've seen. Why can't it just be soap? Why all the strange new-agey annointed (by who?) false-peace junk? I don't know. Anyway, the soap seems to work well. It doesn't have the flowery scent that lasts a week, but it does clean. I've tried a few other recipes in the book. Most have turned out very nice. It's a good book from a Christian woman - no creepy mantras here.

  3. Lynette, I updated the post to include a link to Jessie's website - worth checking out.

  4. Hi Sarah

    Thanks for visiting my blog and saying hello! Love your ideas/recipes!!

    Lucy x

  5. i didn't use any fragrance in mine and so there's no odor. but i think i like it that way.