I’ve been making my own laundry detergent for 2 years now. I was so scared at first to switch over to natural-homemade detergent because there was this mindset that store-bought is best…store-bought smells better…store-bought makes my clothes fresher. However, when we did our budget makeover, I decided it was time to start. Even more so then just saving money, we did it for the Clean, natural detergent. We are all about living chemical and toxin free in our home! I hear all the time that living that way can be too expensive, So im here to show you how to make chemical free laundry detergent for cheaper then you can buy it at the store.
This homemade laundry detergent makes 320 loads of non-toxic laundry detergent for $20.75 ($0.06 per load) and will make 300 + loads.
This natural homemade laundry detergent uses natural Castile soap instead of Fels-Naptha and eliminates Borax.
You can also add Epsom salt to the mix for a built-in laundry softener
**ALSO, I have made an amazon LIST with all the ingredients, so you can follow the link HERE and just purchase them, instead of looking it all up. ***Oxi-clean is only item not on list as it is an amazon pantry item. add yourself.
HOW TO MAKE NATURAL LAUNDRY DETERGENT
- 4 – 4 oz bars Kirk’s Original Coco Castile Soap, Fragrance Free (16 ounces total)
- 4 lbs Baking Soda
- 3. 7 lbs Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (1 box)
- 3 lbs OxiClean Baby (1 container)
- 28 oz Epsom Salt (optional, I use because I like to air dry in summer) *If you have hard water, do not use epsom salt as it will make your water “harder”
- Grate Castile soap into very small bits. (I use my food processor to grate the soap with a grater attachment.)
- To turn the grated soap into smaller bits I pulse it with the food processor blade. I found that processing one bar at a time and adding 1/4-1/2 cup baking soda to soap during the pulsing stage helped the soap separate into smaller bits. *
- Mix all ingredients in a large container and stir. (Do not breathe in the dust.)
- How to use the laundry detergent: Measure 1 or 2 Tablespoons onto the laundry per load. (There are no fillers in this detergent so it takes less than commercial laundry detergent.) It can be used in regular and HE machines.