How To Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

How To Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

Interested in making homemade laundry detergent? If you’re looking for organic laundry soaps on the market, it’s possible they are not as organic as their labels indicate. Conventional laundry soaps can have negative effects on your health, including skin and throat irritation and carcinogenicity. You never truly know what ingredients could be omitted from a tag despite your attempt to make an informed decision.

So, why not make your own product?  Detergent is so pricey anyway. It’s depletes so quickly, especially in the case of families who wash together. What an expense! But how about taking an alternate route from buying detergent at the local grocery store? We think it’s important to always keep yourself in check in terms of chemicals that are in contact with our bodies which is why we thought homemade laundry detergent would be a great DIY project for you to try at home. Hope you like it!

DIY Laundry Detergent Recipe

How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

We found all the ingredients we needed to make homemade laundry soap at our local grocery store. Using these simple ingredients, you can have DIY laundry detergent like ours in under an hour.

Supplies and Ingredients You Will Need:

  • 1 cup of Borax
  • 1 cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (make sure it’s not baking soda!)
  • 1 bar of shaved soap ( you may use Fels Naptha or Ivory; the latter is much easier to find).
  • 1 Grater
  • 1 Glass Bowl
  • 1 Wooden Spoon

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Step 1.

Shave the bar of soap. Note: if you own a food processor feel free to use it since it can save you lots of time. It is, of course, not essential to the tutorial.

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Step 2.

Add 1 cup of Borax to the glass bowl along with the grated soap bar. Mix all the ingredients together very well for optimal results.

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Step 3.

Store the mix away in a jar and save a tablespoon beside your soap. About 2 tbs of the detergent per load should do it!

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(via DIY Natural, click here for full tutorial)