Homemade Laundry Detergent

These homemade laundry detergent  suggestions are anecdotal in nature. Please read our disclaimer.

Homemade Laundry Detergent #1 - Thick Liquid

  • 1/3 bar of Fels Naptha bar soap
  • 1/2 cup washing soda
  • 1/2 cup borax powder
  • 2 gallons water (divided)
  • 30 to 60 d. lemon essential oil (any citrus oil works great)
  • Empty 2 gallon bucket

Grate soap and put in a sauce pan. Add 6 cups of water and heat until the soap melts. Add washing soda and borax.  Stir well until dissolved. Remove from heat.

Pour 4 cups of hot water into bucket. Add the soap mixture and stir. Add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir. Finally, add the essential oil.  let soap sit for 24 hours.  It will be the consistency of a thick egg noodle soup.  Use 1/2 cup per load.

Homemade Laundry Detergent #2 - Super Simple And Super Thin

  • 3 Tbsp Borax
  • 3 Tbsp Washing Soda
  • 8 d. lavender essential oil
  • 2 Tbsp Dawn Ultra Dish Washing Liquid
  • 4 cups of Hot Tap water

Get out an old plastic juice container that will hold one gallon of liquid.  Put the first four ingredients inside the container.  Pour the hot tap water in with the ingredients and swirl around until everything is dissolved. Fill the container to almost full with cold water.

Use about one cup per load.  Feel free to double or triple the batch as it is so easy and quick to make and gets used fast in a large family.

Laundry Detergent #3 - Quick and Easy

  • 1 cup castile soap
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 10 d. favorite essential oil

Dissolve the baking soda and salt in the two cups of warm water.  Pour into a gallon jug, add the castile soap and essential oil. Fill to the top with more water. Use 1/4 cup per load.

Laundry Detergent #3 - Powdered

  • 1 cup grated Ivory soap (or Fels Naptha soap)
  • 1/2 cup washing soda
  • 1/2 cup Borax

Combine all ingredients. Use 1 Tbsp for light loads and 2 Tbsp for heavy loads.

Stain Remover

  • 2/3 cup Dawn Dish Washing Liquid
  • 2/3 cup ammonia
  • 6 Tbsp baking soda
  • 2 cups warm water

Mix together and pour into a spray bottle.  Shake before each use.  Spray on stains and let it soak in a bit before laundering.

Ring Around the Collar

  • 1 1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup distilled water
  • 8 d. lemon essential oil

Combine ingredients in spray bottle and shake before use.  Spray on collar and let it soak in a little bit before washing.

Some Common Ingredients and Why They Work

Here is our list of natural products that can be used to substitute commercial household cleaning products.  Use them alone, or in recipes to combine their strength and cleaning power.

  1. Baking Soda - cleans, deodorizes and scours.
  2. Castile Soap - unscented soap in liquid form is biodegradable. Avoid soaps with petroleum distillates.
  3. Cornstarch - can be used to clean windows, polish furniture, shampoo carpets and rugs.
  4. Isopropyl Alcohol - is an excellent disinfectant.
  5. Lemon - one of the strongest food-acids, effective against most household bacteria.
  6. Washing Soda - or SAL soda is sodium carbonate decahydrate, a mineral. Washing soda cuts grease, removes stains, softens water, cleans walls, tiles and sinks.
  7. White Vinegar - cuts grease, removes mildew, odors, some stains and wax build-up.

EarthEasy.com has this to say about Borax...

Is Borax Safe? Borax is considered a mild skin irritant similar to baking soda. The MSDS lists borax as a health hazard of 1, similar to salt and baking soda. A health concern with borax is with its potential to disrupt the reproductive system. Studies have not been done in humans regarding this; however, potential reproductive issues in mice are suspected from high levels of ingested borax. Use of borax for home cleaning formulas, where no borax is ingested, has not been shown to pose health hazards. Borax is a natural substance which is non-carcinogenic, does not accumulate in the body, or absorb through the skin. It is not harmful to the environment.

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