I Can Make My Own Laundry Detergent You Can Too!

By January 11, 2018Cleaning Tips

 

This had never even occurred to me. I do use eco-friendly products and clean naturally. I even hire an eco-friendly cleaning service during the times I can’t get to it myself.

 

I never considered a DIY laundry detergent. It was brought up by my wife’s friend. It was just a quick conversation while waiting for the kids, but I kept it in the back of my mind and did some research. Well, the research worked! I now feel like an inventor. You will too!

 

Check this out:

Powder Detergent:

This will make 175-200 loads depending on your machine

 

Tools

  • Dust mask or bandana
  • Gloves (my dishwashing gloves work fine)

 

Ingredients

Essential Oil  This is optional and is used for a fresh scent

 

 

Directions

Put on your gloves, so you won’t have any skin irritants

Put on your mask, so you won’t inhale any of the dust

1.Cut the bar soap into large chunks with a knife.

2.Grate the soap chunks with a fine cheese grater or throw the chunks into the food processor and blend into as fine of a powder as you can make.

3.In a large plastic tub or bucket, mix the Borax, washing soda, and baking soda together.

4.Stir in the grated/powdered bar soap

5.Stir in 10-20 drops of essential oil (optional)

6.Store in a covered, airtight container.

7.If your powder has trouble completely dissolving, try mixing it in a little hot water before adding to the laundry.

8.Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load. (Adjust for your machine.

 

Liquid Detergent:

This will make about 75 loads

 

Tools

 

  • Dust mask or bandana
  • Gloves (dishwashing)

 

Ingredients

  • Hot water
  • Clean 5-gallon bucket with lid
  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 cup Washing soda
  • 1/2 cup Baking soda
  • 1 cup grated bar soap (1-2 bars) (Choose a non-toxic, real bar soap.
  • Essential oil (Optional for scent)

Directions

Put on your gloves, so you won’t have any skin irritants

Put on your mask, so you won’t inhale any of the dust

1. Grate the soap chunks with a fine cheese grater or throw the chunks into the food processor and blend into as fine of a powder as you can make. Place grated bar soap in a pot. Cover with water and simmer over medium heat until all soap is melted, stirring occasionally.

 

2. Pour melted soap mixture into a clean 5-gallon bucket.

3 .Put on your gloves and dust mask or bandana.

4. Add washing soda, baking soda, and borax to the soap mixture and stir. Add enough hot water to almost fill the bucket. Mix very well until all ingredients are dissolved. (I use a long ruler for this.)

5. If using essential oil, AFTER the mix has cooled down completely, mix in 10-20 drops.

6. Let sit overnight to gel. The gel will be loose and very gloppy—like egg-drop soup.

7. Use a funnel to pour the gel into clean, recycled detergent containers or leave in the bucket. Cover with an airtight lid if leaving in the bucket to protect children and pets.

8. Stir or shake well before using. Use 1/2 – 1 cup per load. (Adjust for your machine).

 

 

For extra softness, don’t forget to add a cup of white vinegar to your rinse cycle to soften your clothes, and you’ll never go back to conventional, toxic detergents or fabric softeners again!


That takes car of both sides of the DIY laundry detergent. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do. I know my wallet does. Take care.

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