Homemade Laundry Detergent: household and environmental savings
I’ve been making my own homemade laundry detergent for years now. I’m a wee bit sad to say, I was crunchy like that before it was even remotely cool. Don’t get me wrong, I go back and forth from time to time buying natural options out there, because, life. But the bottom line is: when you have seven people in a household you go through a lot of laundry. And pennies per load makes a lot of sense.
And that’s not even taking into consideration the toxins found in many commercial laundry detergents, or the stress they cause on our water systems and environment. Making your own takes a huge chunk of potential hormone-disrupting, environmentally toxic ingredients out of your day-to-day living. Easy peasy. I promise.
Ok – so let’s break it down. We want this detergent to actually work, but without some of the usual bad-grade-scoring counterparts. Here is a recipe that I have found to be effective, inexpensive and a winner in the cleaning department.
Bonus: Most of the ingredients are readily available at your big box stores, or can be found by ordering from our handy-dandy amazon delivery man. All you need is: baking soda, washing soda, fels naptha bar soap (or bar castille soap is even better!), epsom salt (especially if you have hard water) and an all natural oxygen whitener (I use this brand).
Add some vinegar to the rinse cycle for extra soft clothes without the added harsh chemicals in fabric softeners. We like to use citrus infused vinegars. Not only does it remove the “vinegar smell” but it adds a great aroma and helps with whitening and brightening your clothes.
Homemade Laundry Detergent
- 4 cups washing soda
- 2 bars Fels Naptha or Castile soap, grated
- 2 cup natural oxygen whitener
- 1 cup epsom salt (optional but recommended for those with hard water)
- Using either a food processor or hand grater, grate the bars of soap. Combine this ingredient, and all others together in a large bowl or bin, and stir well. Store in a lidded container, and use 2 Tbsp per load. Safe for HE/front loader washers, and for all types of laundry.