June 18, 2015

DIY Laundry Detergent

Living in a pretty natural household, you’d think that I would have been making my own laundry detergent for a while, but I just took the leap and made my first batch this week! My mom has been doing it for a few months and encouraged me about how simple, healthy and cost effective it is. Traditional detergent has a lot of chemicals in it and even the natural kind I was using has more ingredients than this basic recipe.

Ready to make your own detergent? Here’s what you’ll need.

4 cups of baking soda

3 cups of Super Washing Soda

1 bar of Castille soap, grated

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Mix your ingredients and store it in an airtight container. To make your soap finer, you can try to blend it in your blender or food processor. I tried and I quickly got some back talk from my blender’s motor, but it’s worth a try.

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I use about an 1/8 cup of detergent for a regular load, add a little more for a large load.

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I’ve been using it for about a week now and, so far, I really like it! It seems to clean well and leaves a clean smell, without any synthetic fragrance. It took me about 30 minutes, in all, and I would definitely recommend it! Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Enjoying the Good Life,

Kendra

 

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2 Comments

  1. Smart!

  2. Love homemade laundry detergent! I’ve been making it for a few years, but we happened to run out right around the time Henry was born and bought the old liquid kind and I haven’t gotten around to making it again! I’ve used different soaps- usually Fels Naptha or Zote- whichever is stocked at the store I’m shopping in that day. But sometimes if they are out of those I just use regular old Ivory soap found in the soap/shampoo isle. They’ve all seemed to work equally well. I find that the day after I make it, the laundry room smells really good! : ) I experimented with the blender too, and I had success by chopping the bar of soap into chunks, then putting it in the blender along with some of the powdery ingredients, and that helped to grind it up finely without the soap sticking to itself. One last note: I think I figured out the cost one time and I spent about $10 on ingredients and it lasted almost an entire year! (Ok, I’ll get off my soap box now. Haha. Ha.)