Making Laundry Soap That Is Unscented: Is It Possible?
Dawna asked this question about making laundry soap for her family, which was unscented.
My family is very sensitive to scents. Are there any bar soaps that are scent free?
I absolutely hate the smell of Ivory and can't imagine anyone agreeing to fels naptha soap. HELP...
Dawna, thanks for asking this question.
You're right that one of the main ingredients in many homemade laundry detergent recipes is bar soap, and many of them on the market which are suitable for the purpose of making your own laundry soap are already scented.
***Update: I actually learned later, from a reader, Heidi, that Kirk's has an unscented castile soap bar (see below for full details.) ***End Update
I am actually at a loss, personally, for what to suggest to you, because that is a real dilemma.
I would love to hear from others who've got similar issues with allergies in the family, who also make their own laundry detergent, to share what ingredients they use to keep their clothes clean, and also their family healthy and without allergic reactions at the same time!
If you've got a suggestion please tell me here, and I'll add it to the page as a resource. I know Dawna is not the only one who has this problem!
In addition, I responded (but unfortunately couldn't answer) this question as part of the section of my site dealing with common laundry questions and problems. Feel free to ask me your own questions, or see what other things I've already answered!
Two Recommended Unscented Soaps For Homemade Laundry Detergent
by Heidi P.
There are two unscented soaps I can personally recommend that I have used for homemade laundry detergent. However, you will have to order them online, at least, one you will anyway.
Kirk's makes a fragrance free soap bar. Just go to their website and you can order it if they don't sell it near you.
The other soap I can recommend is MoSoap. Go to MoSoap.com. She makes several different types of soap. What you need is the basic lye soap. It's not superfatted and specifically for house cleaning. Plus, it has no scent.
If you decide to go with MoSoap, you can buy the soap in bulk, which saves money and is essentially a soap log you cut yourself at home.
Will Zote Soap Bar Work For Those With Laundry Detergent Allergies?
One reader, Dorothy, wrote in to tell me that "The white Zote brand is supposed to be unscented," when I originally asked this question of the site's Facebook readers.
However, upon further research although there are three different colors of this soap available -- pink, blue and white, I found that there is no formulation difference between the different color varieties, except the addition of dyes to the pink and blue varieties.
That means all varieties of this soap have a light scent of citronella oil. Therefore, my response was that I didn't think that will work for Dawna, even though I appreciated the thought.
However, when this same discussion came up yet again another time, another reader, Donna, shared how she used this brand of soap in her homemade recipe because it was the only one that didn't bother her allergies.
Recalling this previous discussion I asked her what it smelled like to her, and she responded:
"It has what I call a mild soapy smell like castile soap. I'm so sensitive I have to use unscented deodorant."
So, bottom line -- be careful with this particular brand, just because it does have a scent although it does not bother some people, even those with allergies to many scents.
Of course, also see below where another reader found her son did develop a rash from Zote, so clearly it isn't going to work for everyone with allergies!
Woodwife shared her idea for how to make an unscented version of laundry detergent, since it appears many of the laundry bar soaps have a scent already in them.
We've been making our own laundry soap of years.
When I was a kid Fels Naptha didn't have the horrible perfume fragrance it has today. So to avoid this, we use our own homemade bar soap.
While making several kinds for a recent craft fair I allowed a kettle of oil to overheat. Remembering that the oils probably contained some harmful free radicals from being so hot, I didn't want to make it into a bar to be used on skin so I pondered alternatives.
Then it hit me!
Why not make it into an unscented laundry bar?
We add our soap to washing soda and borax anyway, so I added them into my soap batch.
The results are excellent! You can rub it on a stain, grate it into the washer! Hope this helps.
Thanks for your tip Woodwife.
I think the next step is to learn how to make homemade bar soap, but I don't currently have any instructions here on the site since I've personally never tried making it before. Anyone got a recipe you could suggest?
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