Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe
Make your own homemade laundry soap - easy, economical and fun!
Using homemade laundry detergent with natural cleaning ingredients is easier on your clothing, your skin and the environment (also your wallet!) than buying commercial chemical detergents.
Liquid Homemade Laundry Detergent RecipeYou need a 5 gallon bucket for this homemade laundry soap recipe. Somebody on one of the forums suggested asking a restaurant for their empties (fat for deep frying comes in huge buckets.) I got mine from my local bulk food store for a dollar.
What If It's Really Lumpy?
I just made a batch with a new laundry soap bar and my homemade laundry soap came out really thick and lumpy.
I tried mushing it with a spoon, then with my potato masher, and then finally I just put my hands in and squished away the lumps.
It was surprisingly fun, and I'd definitely recommend making it with your kids. It's a great alternative to squishing around in mud!
This recipe makes enough homemade laundry detergent for 45 top loads or 90 front loads. If that seems like a lot, reduce the recipe by half (although it's not going to go bad - it's soap!)
Buying Homemade Laundry Detergent IngredientsMountain Rose Herbs is my all-time favorite supplier. Here's some quick links for buying homemade laundry soap recipe ingredients.
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Powdered Homemade Laundry Detergent RecipeThis homemade laundry soap recipe is a lot easier to make than the liquid recipe, so if you like using powdered laundry soap, this one's for you!
Try Soap Nuts!Ever heard of Soap Nuts? They're actually a fruit (related to the Goji berry) native to India and Nepal. They're an environmentally friendly alternative to chemical detergents, and they're especially good for people sensitive to commercial detergents.
I've been experimenting with soap berries. If boiled and strained through cheesecloth you can make your own concentrated detergent (saponin) - great for laundry and cleaning, it's odourless but I add essential oils to get a fragrance.
Thanks for your site and your great aromatherapy tips!
To use, put 4 to 6 soap nuts in a muslin bag and drop it into your washing machine along with your clothes. Run the machine as usual.
Vinegar - the New Fabric SoftenerIt's a great idea to replace your chemical fabric softener with vinegar. Here's why: vinegar...
Caution:Do not use vinegar if you're using chlorine bleach - the combination produces toxic gases.
In fact, why not switch to Oxygen Bleach - it's gentler on fabrics and more environmentally friendly. Plus, your clothes won't smell like a swimming pool!
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Buying Recipe IngredientsMountain Rose Herbs is my favorite supplier.
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Reader ReviewsI am so happy to have come across your website.
I run a small Home Cleaning business and try to use my homemade products as much as possible.
Thanks for the new ideas. Keep up the good work.
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