Homemade Laundry Detergent Powder
This is an easy to make recipe. Just keep in a container in your laundry room and add 2 tablespoons to each load of wash. This equals to approximately 30 cents a load, depending on the amount of the detergent you use. For heavy loads I add 3 tablespoons. For smaller lighter loads, I add 1-2 tablespoons.
This detergent calls for Borax. Borax is fairly safe to use as long as you don’t eat it. It can be slightly irritating to people with extra sensitive skin and you should eliminate the Borax in this recipe if you are washing cloth diapers. I have extremely sensitive skin and have been using this recipe for the past 2 years without any irritation to my skin. I have included 2 recipes for this laundry detergent: one with and one without the Borax and what you can replace the borax with.
Ingredients With Borax:
1 5 oz. Bar of either castile soap, Ivory soap, or even better and what I use, is a bar of my own homemade body soap.
1 cup washing soda
½ cup baking soda
½ cup Borax
10-15 drops of lavender or lemon essential oil ( or any essential oil of your choice
Grate the bar soap ( I use a cheese grater and then run the grated soap in my Bullet or mixer with 2 tablespoons of the washing soda so that the grated soap is extra fine and does not stick to my mixer because I added the washing soda.
In a tub or container of choice add now finely grated soap, the remaining washing soda, baking soda, Borax and the essential oils. Mix thoroughly with a large spoon ( I use a large wooden spoon) cover and use as needed.
Ingredients Without Borax
1 5oz. Bar soap (see above)
1 1/4 cups washing soda
¾ cups baking soda
10-15 drops essential oil
Follow same directions as above. As an optional ingredient, you can add ¼ cup coarse sea salt.
There are also many recipes for your homemade laundry detergent in liquid form, but I have not used them, preferring to simple throw a couple scoops of the powder version in with my wash.
Stain Removers For Laundry :
- Mix ¾ teaspoon Rosemary essential oil with ½ cup hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle, shake gently and pre-treat laundry stains prior to washing.
- Mix a paste of baking soda and lemon or rosemary essential oil (approximately 3-4 drops) add a few drops of water to paste to thin as you need. Rub into stain and let sit for several minutes. Rinse off and wash as usual.
- 1 cup water, ¼ cup liquid soap (castile or Ivory, or even Dawn), ¼ cup liquid vegetable glycerin, 7-10 drops of lemon or rosemary essential oil. Add to spray bottle, shake well before each use. Spray on stain. For best results, let sit overnight. It is important to catch the stain early before it completely sets in.
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