Good morning everyone!
Today, we are entering the area of laundry… or more specifically, how to clean it without traditional laundry detergents. I have been making my own detergent off and on for a while now, and I will say that if you’re used to the way regular detergents clean, this may not be the right option for you, since clothing can be a little less “soft,” and whites not so white when using a homemade version. At least that’s been my experience. Of course, you can always try making your own laundry softener, which is something I just haven’t done, but I may come up with a list of options for that in another post. 😊
However, if you are on a mission to clean up your laundry cleaning products, without paying for expensive natural brands, then I would still encourage you to give a homemade version a try!
Anyway, I’m listing a few options for homemade laundry detergents that I hope will help you get started. These are easy to make with no soap grating or anything like that, and I have tried a couple of them myself.
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Okay, so our first option is one that I haven’t tried, but looks easy to make, from the website Still Being Molly. This one is a powder variety that includes Borax, and is cloth diaper safe, for those of you who may be looking for an option that can be used on cloth diapers.
Next up is liquid version, which I have made in the past, and it’s easy to make because you just use hot tap water to mix all of the ingredients together, instead of heating on the stove, and it also uses liquid Castile soap for the soap part of it. You can purchase scented Castile soap options for this, or use unscented if you just want a plain detergent. This recipe also makes a lot of detergent (2 gallons) so that’s a perk, as well!
Okay, so next up is a copycat version of Molly’s Suds laundry detergent. Molly’s Suds is a natural detergent made with baking soda, washing soda, epsom salt, and sea salt. This homemade mixture leaves out the sea salt, and includes oxi clean free instead, or you could try oxi clean baby. This seems like a good option for getting clothes cleaner, possibly with fewer stains, but I can’t say for sure, since I haven’t tried using oxi clean in my detergents.
Lastly, I have made my own version of Molly’s Suds detergent, which uses:
1 lb. baking soda
1 lb. washing soda (You can even make your own, which is what I did!)
1 lb. regular salt
1 lb. epsom salt
Now, I’m still kind of playing around with this, and I haven’t been using it for long, so I’m not positive about the correct amounts to use per load, and I may make mine a scented version using some essential oils, but this is the basic idea, and it uses easy to get, natural ingredients, which is nice!
That’s all for now! I hope this will give you some ideas for making your own laundry detergent… let me know if you do!
Have a wonderful day! 😊