I’ve been making Homemade Laundry Detergent, off and on, for a while now. The problem was I wasn’t all that consistent with it. I was using Fels Naptha soap and it was okay, but I just never could bring myself to like the smell of it. It’s not that it smells all that bad and to many it may smell great, but I have never been all that impressed by it’s scent. I really think this is the reason I didn’t make it consistently.
One day, a friend told me about Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap and how it’s her favorite soap to use, for her and her family, for bathing. I went to our local health food store where she purchased hers and decided to get a couple of bars. I agree with her, wholeheartedly, after using it. Then I got this great idea – since it’s a pure castile soap, I decided to try it in my Homemade Laundry Detergent recipe. It made ALL the difference in the world.
This is the same Homemade Laundry Detergent recipe I’ve always used, except I now replace the Fels Naptha for the Dr. Bronner’s. In the first batch I made I used the Unscented Baby-Mild soap. Just recently, I made a second batch using the Citrus Orange – great scent. I also add high quality lemon and lavender essential oils (EO) to each batch – the combination smells amazing. The Dr. Bronner’s soap is more costly than the Fels Naptha, but it’s worth it. I’m still saving money with each batch, and I’m ending up with a natural detergent which is equally important to me. The soap is pure castile soap made with organic oils, and there are many scents to choose from. I can’t tell you how much I LOVE this!
Is it easy to make?
This is SO easy to make: All you’ll do is grate the entire bar of soap, or coarsely chop and run it through your food processor with the other ingredients. I like mine really fine, so I let it run a while in the processor. I do stop and stir it often because the heat from the processor can cause it to warm up and collect on the bottom. If you’re not using a processor just mix the grated soap with all the other ingredients and mix well. I put the laundry powder in a jar and attach a cute little tag with the recipe written on it. This way I always have the recipe at hand when I’m ready to make a new batch.
Does it really work?
I still only use 1 tablespoon per load, unless the clothes are very heavily soiled – then I’ll use 2 tablespoons. Although Dr. Bronner’s soap will lather in the shower, it doesn’t create bubbles in the wash. I know some of you may frown at this as we’ve been taught that sudsy bubbles = clean. The truth is – that equation is just not accurate. Clean laundry can be achieved without the bubbles we’re so use to seeing floating on the surface of our wash-water. Also, there’s no need to use a fabric softener with this recipe unless you really want to. My clothes come out CLEAN and FRESH.
This Homemade Laundry Deterget is the first in a series I’m going to be doing on DIY Laundry Cleaners. So keep checking back for more homemade laundry cleaners.
- 1 bar Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap, grated, or chopped if using processor - (I love Citrus Orange)
- 2 cups Borax
- 2 cups super washing soda
- 1 cup baking soda
- 20-30 drops essential oils - (I use 15 drops of both lemon and lavender.)
- 1. Grate the entire bar of soap and mix it together with the other ingredients.
- 2. If using a food processor - coarsely chop and run it through your food processor with the other ingredients. I like mine really fine, so I let it run a while in the processor. I do stop and stir it often because the heat from the processor can cause it to warm up and collect on the bottom.
- 3. Store in are airtight container.