Making your own laundry detergent isn’t difficult. Not only is it quite easy, it’s so much cheaper than store bought AND there’s no nasty chemicals or fake fragrances to contribute to allergies.
Here are a few recipes for you to try. We use the “liquid” recipe further down the page.
Homemade Laundry Soap Powder
16 cups washing soda (NOT baking soda! Found in laundry aisle of your grocery – probably next to Borax)
12 cups Borax
8 cups grated castile soap
3 Tables. lavender, lemon, or grapefruit essential oil
Combine washing soda, Borax, and soap flakes. Add essential oil and mix with a wire whisk. Use 1/8 cup per load (more or less depending on your needs. Try 1/8 cup and if you need more, use more the next time). Recipe makes enough powder to last a family of four several months, possibly a year. Recipe found in “Clean, Naturally” by Sandy Maine
Pre-Wash Stain Remover Spray
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup baking soda
2 tables. ammonia
3 cups water
Stir together and fill a labeled spray bottle. Spray on heavily soiled spots just before washing (spot test first). Recipe found in “Clean, Naturally” by Sandy Maine.
Homemade LIQUID Laundry Soap
1 bar soap (I use plain old Ivory or sometimes Dr. Bronner’s castile soap)
1/2 cup Borax
1/2 cup WASHING soda
5 gallon bucket with a cover
Grate the bar of soap with a cheese grater, place the flakes in a medium saucepan. Add several (5 or 6) cups of water, heat. Continuously stirring the soap flakes, allow them to melt over the heat. When melted, add the borax and washing soda, stirring.
When all this has melted, pour into the 5 gal bucket, fill 3/4 full with HOT water.
I add 25 or 30 drops of essential oil at this point – lavender, orange, lemon, etc. Give it all a good stirring.
Put the cover on the bucket and let it set OVERNIGHT. In the morning, it will be goopy. When using, you need to re-stir because it “gellifies” (is that a word??). I’ve used this for several months, it works on just about anything. My husband is a lobsterfisherman and let me tell you, if it gets out the smell of old salty bait, and the stains, it’ll work on just about anything!! :) Recipe from The Prairie Homestead – found here