May 6, 2013

DIY Homemade Cleaners: Laundry Detergent

Making your own cleaners can be fun and economical. This series is all about must-have ingredients, recipes {free printable}labels {free printable}, and how to make homemade cleaners. I hope it’s giving you some ideas for how you can simply make your own cleaners at home! Moving down the list, today I’m sharing how to make a GREAT powdered laundry detergent!

I’ve experimented quite a bit over the last few years with different homemade recipes for laundry detergent. To be honest, I’ve never been happy enough with a detergent to switch to a homemade version – until now. I still use liquid detergent occasionally but I love this recipe – it fully dissolves (huge plus) in an HE machine, softens without fabric softener (you can add about a quarter of a cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle or fabric softener dispenser if you feel like it needs a little softening), whitens, smells divine, and CLEANS! Ready for the recipe and easy step by step?

Powdered Laundry Detergent

  • 1 bar castile soap (grated) – I like Dr. Bronner’s Citrus bar soap (great scent)
  • 2 cups Borax
  • 2 cups super washing soda
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 30 drops essential oils (equal parts lemon and clove essential oils)

Mix all ingredients and put in a air-tight container – I use an Anchor Hocking glass container from the big box stores – love them for all types of storage. Use 1 Tablespoon per load. This recipe fully dissolves at all temperatures.

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