Make your own Laundry Detergent

Whether you’re super sensitive to chemicals, want to have a greener detergent or just want to save some money, making your own laundry detergent is a great way to make your home cleaner, greener and leaner. Here are some recipes that work!

Dress for Success Detergent

What you need:

  • Hot water
  • 1/2 cup washing soda
  • 1/4 cup borax
  • 1/2 soap bar

Fill a large stock pot with water and place on medium heat on the stove. Grate your bar of soap into the water and stir until its dissolved. Pour 2 ½ gallons (9.5 liters) of hot water into a bucket and add soap solution, borax and washing soda. Stir until dissolved. Decant into empty bottles and use 1 cup in each wash. Mix before use. This solution will gel.

You can use organic soap for the shaved bar soap component if greener is your goal. Washing soda and borax can be found in the laundry detergent isle at your local supermarket.

Easy Peasy Laundry Detergent

If that sounds like too much trouble or if you are washing laundry that has stubborn stains or smells, opt for this easy recipe instead:

What you need:

  • 12 cups borax
  • 8 cups grated bar soap
  • 8 cups baking soda
  • 8 cups washing soda

Mix together. Use 1/8 cup of powder for a large load.

If you like your laundry to smell nice, add a couple of drops of essential oil to each load.


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