I was first motivated to find an alternative to conventional laundry detergent when my Little Bear’s sensitive bottom reacted to even the most gentle hypoallergenic laundry detergents. After trying several different, sometimes expensive, brands from local health food stores with varying results, I finally decided to try making my own.
Not only did the detergent actually turn out, but it was also gentle enough to use on my little guy’s clothes and effective enough to clean even the dirtiest diapers. I immediately became obsessed with it and have continued to make my own. There are so many reasons to love homemade laundry detergent. It is:
- Cost-effective (<$1 / gallon)
- Easy to make (only 3 ingredients)
- Quick to prepare (it just takes a few minutes)
- Cleans effectively (even poo!)
- Environmentally friendly
- Made with natural ingredients
- Low aquatic toxicity
- No packaging (just re-use old vinegar jugs)
- Can be used in HE washing machines
This is the recipe that I use. Even though I do laundry at least once every day, this recipe lasts for about one month.
What you need:
All ingredients are available in the laundry aisle of the grocery store or in a health food store.
- ¼ cup soap flakes (for cleaning)
- ¼ cup borax (for killing germs)
- ¼ cup washing soda (for cutting grease)
What to do:
- Fill an old 1 gallon vinegar jug half-full with warm water.
- Combine soap flakes, baking soda, and washing soda with 6 cups of warm water in a large pot.
- Heat over medium heat until everything dissolves and slightly thickens.
- Pour mixture into vinegar jug with warm water and shake well.
- The laundry detergent is now complete. Use ½ cup with each load. Sometimes the detergent will turn to a gel-like consistency, so just shake it well before each use.
This is so easy to make and I have been using it for a couple of years. The more I use it, the more I like it! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below…