Homemade Laundry Detergent
How does using all natural laundry detergent, with no harmful chemicals added sound? How does washing your clothes for $.007 per load sound? (Yes, that's less than a penny per load.)
If you like the thought of that, keep reading and I'll tell you how I make my own laundry detergent without a lot of time or trouble.
There are a lot of different recipes out there for making your own laundry detergent. As far as I know, they're all pretty easy to make, and extremely inexpensive. Since I just got done making a batch, I thought I'd share my particular spin on the process.
1 bar Kirk's Castile Soap
1/2 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
Most recipes call for Fels Naptha soap, but in my experience it doesn't do as good of a job cleaning our clothes as the castile soap does. Plus, I don't know what's in that stuff, but I can't stand the smell of it!
Most of the recipes I've seen for liquid detergent call for you to make a humongous batch and store it in a 5 gallon bucket. I wasn't really interested in taking up that much space in my laundry room. All of the powdered detergent recipes seemed to use a lot more per load, making it more expensive.
I went searching to see if I could find a way to make the liquid detergent in a smaller batch, and I found a site that had done the math and figured it all out. I pinned it to my Pinterest account so that I can easily find it whenever I need to make more detergent.
I make a powder detergent, and in turn I make a small batch of liquid detergent from the powder.
To make the powdered detergent:
1. Finely grate the bar of castile soap. *Warning: this will take forever, and you will feel like you will never regain the use of your arm.* Relax; your arm will be okay, and now the hard part is done.
2. Add 1/2 cup borax and 1 cup of washing soda to the grated soap. Place into your desired container, seal, and shake to mix.
To make the liquid detergent:
Combine 4 tsp. powder and 4 cups hot water. Let sit 8 hours. Use 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup per load, depending on load size.
I keep my powder in one container and my liquid detergent in another container. When I'm out of the liquid I just use some of the powder to mix up another batch.
I suppose I could have made a cute label, and I definitely could have taken better pictures, but I've got a whole lot of important things to get done today, so this is all you get! 🙂
Have you ever made your own laundry detergent? Which recipe do you use?