Making your own effective homemade laundry detergent is easy and can save you money. We’ll show you how to make both a powder and liquid laundry detergent.
I’d like to welcome back Patricia Cornwell to my blog with another post about DIY cleaning options. If you’ll recall, Patricia is a small cleaning business owner, writer and self-proclaimed home improvement DIY expert. In the past she has shared information here about the best essential oils for disinfecting, and she also showed us how to make a DIY kitchen cleaning spray. Today she’s going to share some more DIY cleaning recipes with us, specifically how to make a homemade laundry detergent.
I had been meaning to make my own laundry detergent for quite some time now, so I was really excited to see the topic of her next post. At first it was tricky for me to find washing soda and borax here in Spain, but in the US it should be simple to find the ingredients. Some people are concerned about using borax in their detergents. If that worries you, feel free to leave it out. I tried washing a few bundles of laundry without it, and can’t really say if there was much of a difference either way. To be honest, I think the most important two ingredients are the soap and the washing soda which has the most power against dirt and grime.
I made both the powder and liquid versions, and have to say that they both have their pros and cons. The powdered detergent takes up a lot less space. The liquid detergent is basically just like the powdered version, but dissolved in water. It’s a bit glooopy, which is normal, so you can’t really use it with a pump as I had intended. I do think it’s easier to dose the liquid homemade detergent because it has more volume so you don’t go overboard. With the powdered detergent, you really don’t need much. I use around 2 Tbsp. of the powder when I do a load of laundry.
If you really want to go super DIY on us, I’d suggest making your own basic beginner soap. It’s not as hard as you may think! Soaps with coconut oil have lots of cleaning power.
OK, enough of my babbling! Take it away, Patricia…
Are you sick and tired of spending tons of money on laundry detergent every couple of months?
And of course you have to get the more expensive one, because supposedly it is better.
But have you ever thought about an alternative?
How about you make your own homemade laundry detergent? By making your own, you can choose the ingredients and can make sure that there are no dangerous chemicals that can be a potential hazard for your family. Making your own homemade laundry detergent will not only give you peace of mind, but it will also cut your laundry expenses in half. It is much more cost-effective to make laundry detergent at home.
Making a homemade laundry detergent isn’t difficult at all. All you need to do is buy several ingredients and mix them together. Yes, it does take a bit more time and work, but it is well worth it.
You will need the following ingredients: washing soda, Borax, castile soap, baking soda, and essential oil(s). The Essential oils are optional but they give your homemade laundry detergent a nice fragrance. In the US, these ingredients are easily found in stores, and they are safe and inexpensive. Figure out the ratios depending on how much you want to make at one time. You can adjust the size of the batch as you wish:
Powdered Homemade Laundry Detergent
4 cups Borax
4 cups Washing soda
2 cups Baking soda
4 cups grated castile soap
The baking soda and washing soda help loosen the tougher stains and dirt and remove odors; the essential oils will add a nice smell and in some cases they will also be beneficial to your fabric. (Certain essential oils like eucalyptus and lemon are known to help remove grease stains.)
Liquid Homemade Laundry Detergent
1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing soda
1/2 cup Baking soda
1 cup grated bar soap
Grate the soap into powder and put it in a pot with water and heat and stir constantly until the soap is dissolved into the water. Add the soap solution, the washing soda, the baking soda, the borax, and any essential oils you want to use, to the bucket and stir. Add more hot water as you continue to stir the ingredients until they are all dissolved. When you are done, cover the bucket and let the detergent cool and gel overnight. Store the detergent in a container with a lid. (It is normal for this detergent to be a bit thicker than store bought laundry detergents, so don’t worry if yours looks a bit gloppy. Just stir it up again before using it.)
Make a homemade fabric softener.
You can also make yourself a fabric softener, and it is even easier and cheaper. All you need is a gallon of white vinegar and essential oil(s). The white vinegar will do the work, while the essential oil(s) will leave your clothes smelling fresh and clean. Just add around 40 drops of an essential oil to the gallon of vinegar.
The professionals from Tenancy Cleaning Ealing warn you to always use gloves while working, especially when working with the washing soda as it can irritate your skin.
See, making your own laundry detergent is easy and inexpensive!
I hope you enjoyed this post and will try making this eco-friendly laundry detergent.