Laundry Detergent DIY

by dr Uzelac

Making your own laundry detergent is fast, cheap and fun! This way you will still stay friends with your skin and your environment. All the ingredients in powdered and liquid soap are easy to get, cheap and have good rating on EWG (environmental working group). I like using Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap because it is pure, organic, and has no sodium laureth sulfate (therefore not foamy -  laundry machine friendly), and it is super gentle for skin and clothes.

One batch of powdered detergent will last family of four over a month, and the liquid one about 2 months, although it takes a tiny bit more time to make the later.

Homemade powder detergent

Ingredients

3 cups washing soda
4 cups baking soda
1 grated castile soap (dr Bronners)
few drops essential oil

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Directions

Grate 1 bar soap. Add washing soda, baking soda and a few drops of essential oil (optional) , mix it all up and voila! It is easy as 1,2,3! Use about 2 Tbsp per load.

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Homemade Liquid Detergent

Ingredients

¾ cup Castile Soap liquid
½ cup Super Washing Soda
½ cup Baking Soda

 

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Use 1/3 cup per load.

Directions

Get a 2 gallon bucket and pour lukewarm water in the bottom of it, about 1 inch high.  Add baking and washing soda (add more water if necessary to cover the powders). Take your hand mixer or immersion blender and blend the powders for a few minutes, or until it is fully blended (no clumps).

Fill 2 gallon bucket up almost all the way with tap water (the temperature doesn't matter). Add the liquid castile soap (this helps it not to bubble up), and stir with a long-handled spoon.

Using the funnel, pour into your containers.

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