Baskets upon baskets of dirty laundry needing to be washed seems to be a regular part of every family home. I am always looking for ways to save money and this was one of the easiest and quickest DIY projects I’ve done in a while. Not including shopping for the items, it took me about 20 minutes this morning to make this Homemade Laundry Detergent. Eco-friendly laundry detergent is usually about $15-20/gallon and with this recipe it’ll only cost you about $3/gallon.
No time? No inclination to make your own detergent? Hire me for a few hours of family support and this can be one of the things I do while I’m there (as well as wash, dry and fold your laundry)!
For those with 15 minutes and inclination here’s the recipe.
Homemade Laundry Detergent
1/2 cup Washing Soda
1/2 cup Baking Soda
3/4 cup Castille Soap (Dr. Bronner’s works great!)
2 cups Water
* You will also need a 2 gallon bucket and 2 1-gallon containers to put your finished detergent in (new ones sold at hardware stores or simply reuse an old detergent container)
Bring the water to a soft boil in a medium sized pot. Turn off the heat and add the baking soda and washing soda stirring until it has dissolved. Add the castille soap and stir well. You can also add 10-20 drops of essential oil (lavender is nice) or you can just buy lavender scented castille soap.
Add 2 gallons of warm water to the bucket and then add your soda/soap mixture and stir well. Using a funnel (or pour carefully) pour the finished product into the 1-gallon containers.
To Use: Measure out 1/3 cup for each load and add to your washer in the same way you’d use purchased detergent.