I’d like to think I am a pro when it comes to laundry. I have to do it 5 days out of the week, not including the time it takes me to put it away ( If I even get to that point!)
I have tried a couple of different laundry detergents over the years and have made my own for the last 3 years. Up until a couple months ago I was using a DIY powder laundry soap. I really liked it, but over time my clothes felt like it was obtaining build up. It also started to smell funny. I had read somewhere that it was most likely a “detox” of some sort from switching from store bought. That did happen but early in the process, not 2 years later. I was speaking to a friend in my neighborhood about making homemade laundry soap and she saw online that other people were running into the same issue. Turns out the detergent we were using had a soap in it called Fels-Naptha. and this soap is really hard to rinse out. So over time it builds up in your clothes, and washing machine (which also happened to me, it was a gross yellow orange film that would stain my clothes if i didn’t catch it in time and clean it). Needless to say I was getting frustrated. I can’t use store bought detergent due to my daughters sensitive skin, but I wasn’t liking what I was using.
Fast forward a few months Kaydee found a new liquid detergent and loved it! So I thought I would give it a try, and OH MY GOODNESS! It is such a difference! My clothes are soft! They don’t smell! I have also noticed that gross build up in my washing machine hasn’t come back! I can’t wait to share this recipe with you!
Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
2 gallon bucket
2 gallons water
1/2 cup Super Washing Soda (found at any grocery store I believe!)
1/2 cup Baking Soda
3/4 cup castile soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s unscented)
30 – 40 drops of your favorite essential oils (OnGuard, Lemon, Melaluca, Purify Lavender or Wild Orange are some good ones. If you would like to learn more about essential oils or where to get them contact me here.)
Large spoon or whisk to mix
2 – 1 gallon containers (I bought them at Walmart in the kitchen container isle, these are pouring containers)
First, measure out 1/2 cup of the Super Washing Soda and pour into a 2 gallon bucket. I use this bucket for making this detergent only; I store my supplies in it and just grab it when I need to make more! That way it stays nice and clean and doesn’t get used and dirty with other things.
Measure and pour into the bucket 3/4 cup of castile soap. My favorite is Dr. Bronner’s, and they have a few different scents. I use the unscented, then you can use your favorite essential oils!
Pour in 30-40 drops of your favorite essential oils! I use 20 OnGuard and 20Lemon
Carefully stir everything together until well mixed. Pour the detergent into jars or bottles. I used a soup ladle to transfer into my big jars/containers, but if your bottle is thinner you can use a funnel.
To Use- Pour 1/3 cup of the detergent in with your dirty clothes and wash as normal.
Contents might settle to bottom or clump in your container, but just give the bottle a good shake before you use it every time and it’ll be fine. The clumps will break up in the wash. I noticed mine gets clumpier if it is stored somewhere cold.
Let me know how you like it!