Homemade Laundry Detergent
Recently I have been trying to make my own cleaning supplies. Many times making your own products at home is cheaper, plus I like knowing exactly what I’m cleaning with!
Laundry is a chore everyone has to do, especially when you have kids, there is always something that needs to be washed. I often find myself re-cleaning a lot of clothes because my washer or better yet, my detergent isn’t doing its job. I’ve tried both expensive and non-expensive laundry detergents. But still, haven’t found the perfect detergent.
SO, I figured why not try making my own laundry detergent, I can put exactly how much cleaning ingredients I want into the detergent!
It’s actually a little bit fun to make your own laundry detergent!
You Will Need:
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1 Laundry Soap Bar- I used Dr.Bronner’s bar peppermint soap. Other common soaps are (Zote & Fels-Naptha). I personally had a little difficulty finding laundry soap. Typically you can find these soaps in the laundry aisle, of your grocery store. I wasn’t so lucky finding it here in Hawaii, of course.
I finally did came across Dr.Bronner’s Soap and I’m glad that I did! It’s all natural and smells really good! They have a few different scents but I went with peppermint. If you do decide to go with this brand, you don’t have to add in essential oils!
1 Box of Borax (Found in Laundry Aisle)
1 Box of Arm & Hamor Washing Soda (Found in Laundry Aisle)
Downy Unstopables (Optional) I add it for a scent booster.
How To Make Laundry Detergent
The process of making laundry detergent is actually pretty simple. Really simple if you have a cheese grater!
Step One: First You Want To Shred Your Soap.
You can do this a few different ways: With a cheese grater, a food processor, blender, OR chopping it up with a knife.
I chopped my soap up with a knife, I don’t have a food processor or grater. I tested it out in a blender and it did work. I just decided it would be easier to chop it up finely. If you do try the blender method or food processor, cut your soap into small pieces, and blend in small amounts.
If you chop it up like I did, you will want to cut a few thin slices off and then chop it up finely and add to your bowl.
Step Two: Mix 2 Cups Borax & 2 Cups Washing Soda
Add your 2 cups of Borax & 2 cups Washing Soda into a mixing bowl and mix until well blended.
You want to mix it up really well to make sure it’s evenly distributed throughout.
Step Three: Add Your Shredded Soap
Now you want to mix in your shredded soap with the borax & washing soda mixture, again making sure to mix it together very well. If you are worried that your clothes aren’t getting clean enough, you can always add another bar of Dr.Bronners Soap. I found that one bar works for me.
Step Four: Add Your Unstopables
This is completely optional, I just love the way unstoppable’s smell & the smell really lasts on clothes. I added about a cup full of unstoppable’s. You can add this in separately per each load of laundry if thats what your prefer.
Step Five: Store & Clean Your Clothes!
Store your Laundry Detergent in an air tight container
Add about 2-3 Tablespoons of Laundry Detergent into your washer before adding clothes.
You can add less/more depending on the size of your load of laundry.
You can always add this to your liquid detergent for a super clean & stain remover!
Enjoy Fresh & Clean clothes
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BEFORE YOU WASH
This laundry detergent worked perfectly with my washing machine & clothes. But that does not mean it will work with yours.
I advise you to test a small amount with your clothes before doing big loads of laundry just to be safe!