I’ve been making my own laundry detergent for just shy of 2 years now and thought it was time I shared the recipe with you good folks.
A quick search of the internet and you will find blogs upon blogs with laundry detergent recipes. Mostly powder formulas or liquid formulas that contain borax. It’s strictly a personal preference here, but I don’t fancy powder varieties. Maybe I’m not using them right, maybe it’s my water, but I’m never happy with the results.
As for the borax, I like to look up all my ingredients on EWG, and borax gets a big fat rating of F. If I’m going through the effort of making detergent to reduce the toxins brought into my house, an F is not going to hack it.
And while I know there are a few good natural laundry detergents out there, Young Living has a great Thieves one, we go through A LOT of detergent around here (3 boys!) and the natural ones tend to be on the pricier side. I’d rather splurge on organic foods than stuff that literally washes down the drain. ;P
Thank goodness for Sara, over at My Merry Messy Life, sharing a recipe she had found. It’s so super easy and only calls for three ingredients.
What you will need:
1/2 cup Baking soda
1/2 cup Washing soda
3/4 cup Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild Liquid Soap
2 Gallon Bucket
Take your bucket and fill the bottom of it with a couple inches of water (the temperature isn’t important). Then add your baking soda and washing soda, making sure they are completely covered by the water. If not, go ahead and add more water until they are.
I have an old hand mixer I use, but any old mixer or immersion blender will do. Mix everything until the powder has completely dissolved. This will take about 5 minutes.
Now fill the bucket up the rest of the way with water. Then add the soap and gently stir it into the mix until it is well incorporated.
And now you have your laundry soap!
Next step is storing it for easy use. I store ours in old juice containers that have a handle because it makes it easier to pour out later and I like to give it a little swirl each time before I use it. You might prefer an old laundry detergent bottle. You can use whatever containers make you happy.
I place a funnel in the container and then use a measuring cup to pour it in to each bottle until my bucket gets light enough to comfortable lift and pour directly from it. One batch fills about four juice bottles and lasts us about 2 months. I typically make a double batch because I like to make it less often. However, you will need to have space to store the extra soap, so that might not be a realistic option for everyone.
One last note, this detergent will have no scent. If you like your clothes to smell like flowers or meadows or “clean” laundry, then have fun adding and experimenting with your favorite Young Living essential oils to get the scent that you like best. Off the top of my head some good options might be Lavender, Lemon, Thieves, Purification, or Citrus Fresh. Just have fun with it!