We have a big family and I am ALWAYS doing laundry of some sort…towels, bed sheets, kids clothes, our clothes, etc… Sometimes I am not paying attention to our laundry detergent supply and when I go to do another load, ut oh, that is all I have left and there is a BIG pile of towels that need to be done!
Well, I’ve been making bath and body things for several years, so I thought “why not branch out” and research how to make other things, like house cleaning items. I’ve already formulated my own cloth diaper detergent, so laundry detergent seemed like a no brainer. If you look on the internet you can find all sorts of “recipes” for laundry detergent. I prefer not to have to cook it and involve using water in the recipes, so I make a powdered one instead, and it works just as well as a liquid.
The best thing about making your own detergent is that its scent free and its all natural! It’s great for sensitive skin and for babies.
Here is what you need:
1 bar of soap to grate (you can use Ivory, Zote or Fels Naptha)
1 cup of borax
1 cup super washing powder
Oxygen bleach powder (optional)
First thing you need to do is take your bar of soap, and using a cheese grater, grate the entire bar of soap down into little shavings. I found this took awhile and it killed my hands, so I wonder if I can maybe shove it into a food processor next time. Hmmm….
Once it is completely shaved into the bowl, you go ahead and add in 1 cup of the borax, 1 cup of super washing soda and if you so choose, you can add in 1/2- 3/4 cup of the oxygen bleach cleaner and mix well to break up the shavings.
When your product is all mixed up, you need to store it in an airtight container or jar to prevent clumping.
To wash, all you do is add in 1/4 to 1/2 cup of laundry detergent to a medium/large load. Add in a little extra for super sized loads. You will be amazed at how well this stuff cleans, and it doesn’t cause build-up on your clothes. Let your clothes soak in the washer for a little bit before agitating and then lift the lid to see the gunky water. Totally gross!!!