After a conversation during dinner last week, I discovered that you could make your own laundry detergent. I immediately decided that this would be my project for this week. Aside from the fact that homemade laundry detergent is better for you, I needed more laundry detergent and didn’t want to spend 8 dollars on something that’s not gonna last that long.
I took the recipe from WellnessMama.com because it was simple and only contains 3 ingredients:
8 cups of Washing Soda/Baking Soda (one 55 oz box; about $3 per box)
8 cups of Borax (one 75 oz box; about $4.50 per box)
2 bars of soap, about 4 cups grated (Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille Soap, Burt’s Bees, or Ivory; about $4 each)
= 1 gallon powdered laundry detergent
All of these things were fairly simple to find. I chose to use baking soda instead of washing soda because I wanted to use the baking soda for other things around the house. I picked lavender castille soap because I love how lavender smells. The whole process took about 15 minutes to grate and mix. Grating the bars of soap is actually kinda fun and a good stress reliever. Combine everything in a large bowl and mix to ensure even distribution.
I used 1/4 cup of detergent per load, as recommended by the recipe. I was a little skeptical about using powdered soap ( I’ve been using liquid soap for as long as I can remember), but it cleaned everything pretty well. If you’re one of those people who feel like your laundry isn’t clean unless it smells like roses, then you may need to think of a different option. All of our smelly workout clothes smelled fresh after washing, but didn’t smell overwhelmingly like lavender. In fact, it smelled very, very, very faintly like lavender, but everything was cleaned so I didn’t mind. Overall, it was a success, no chalky residue or sticky feeling on the clothes. I’m so excited about what other natural things I’ll make in the future. I’ll keep you updated….