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How to Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

How to Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

Last week we went over why we stopped buying store brand dish detergents and started making our own. Well, this week, we’re looking at laundry products! And, guess what?! They are filled with toxic, yucky chemicals too (ughhhh)!

With your clothing being in close contact with you for the majority of the day, all of these toxic chemicals are slowly seeping into your body! Many of which bioaccumulate over time and leave your body feeling icky!

That’s why we are sharing our all-natural and safe solution for you to start using in your washing machine!

What You’ll Need:

  • An airtight container to hold the finished product in
  • 1 Cup Washing Soda
  • 1 Cup Borax (or baking soda)
  • 1 Bar of Soap (this should be an all-natural bar such as Dr. Bronner’s or a homemade recipe like this one!)

When selecting your bar of soap, be sure that any fragrance added to the soap is all-natural, just like Dr. Bronner’s scented castile bars of soap.

OPTIONAL: Add in a few tablespoons of baking soda to help freshen up your clothes even more.

Looking for a more natural alternative for laundry soap? Check out our post on how to use soap nuts as laundry detergent (and much more)!

How to Make Your Own Powdered Laundry Detergent:

Now that you have all of the ingredients, you’re ready to start making your very own laundry detergent!

  1. Take the bar of soap and either use a cheese grater to grate the entire bar or cut into chunks and place in a food processor.
  2. Once the bar of soap is grated down, simply add the soap, borax, and washing soda to your container.
  3. Shake the container well to thoroughly mix all of your ingredients
  4. Use a ¼ cup of the detergent in your next load and enjoy!

Powdered laundry detergent not for you?

While we enjoy the powdered version of this laundry soap, you do have the option to make a liquid form of the detergent to use instead. And, it uses the same exact ingredients – plus a little water and a few 5-gallon buckets!

How to Make Your Own Liquid Laundry Detergent:

  1. You will still need to grate that bar of soap down or use the food processor to break it down for you.
  2. After it’s grated, you will want to add the soap shavings to about 2 quarts of water. Then turn the heat up and stir until all of the soap shavings are dissolved into the water.
  3. While the soap is dissolving, fill a 5-gallon bucket with nearly boiling water to about 75% full (4.5 gallons or so).
  4. Now, add 2 cups of borax and 2 cups of washing soda to the hot water and stir. You will want to keep stirring until all of the ingredients are dissolved into the water.
  5. With everything dissolved, pour the soap mixture from the pan into the borax and washing soda solution in the 5-gallon bucket.
  6. Cover the bucket and allow it to sit overnight.
  7. The next day, open the bucket and stir to ensure everything is well mixed and fully dissolved.
  8. Optional: Add in essential oils of your preference to give the laundry soap a nice scent!
  9. Place your new liquid laundry detergent into storage containers (half-gallon mason jars or empty milk jugs work well for this).
  10. Use ½ cup to 1 cup of your new detergent in your next load of laundry!

And there you have it! Just three simple ingredients and you’re ready to do a load of laundry without all the toxic chemicals found in store brands!

DIY just not for you?

Whether you’re traveling, don’t have time, or simply don’t want to make your own laundry detergent, there are still high-quality natural detergents available for you to purchase! Personally, we prefer to use Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds. Just add 2-3 tablespoons of it to your wash and hit start (if you’re using a HE machine, be sure to cut that amount in half)!

There are other all-natural options available as well but be sure to do your research and read the ingredients! Most common detergents have sulfates, phosphates, toxic fragrances and much more within, which you definitely don’t want on your skin! Learn more about the toxic chemicals found in laundry detergents here.

So, no matter if you have time to make your own or not, there are plenty of options out there to keep you and your home toxic chemical free!

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