I started greening all of my cleaners over a year ago. When I first started making my own laundry detergent I used the mostly water recipe that seems easiest to find when searching the net. Then as I moved further on my journey to green our home I started finding an occasional mention of a homemade laundry powder. I tried it and have preferred it ever since. I especially love that it is easy to store, takes up less space and I can scent it if i want to. Cleaning wise I feel that it compares right up there with the All Free and Clear that I had always used.
For my whites I still usually throw in a bit of Oxiclean just because I have a lot of it and I think it helps a little bit to keep whites whiter. When I run out of that I plan to start trying hydrogen peroxide. I also sometimes use Mrs. Stewarts Bluing for socks and things that get a little dingy no matter what since I don’t use bleach. I haven’t figured out the cost comparison to the penny but my quick comparison shows that I am saving money by making it myself.
Want to give it a try?
Homemade Laundry Powder
2 cups(finely) grated castile soap*
1 cup borax
1 cup baking soda
1 cup washing soda
I have tried Dr. Bronner’s, Fels Naphtha and Kirk’s brand of these bar soaps. I prefer the Kirk’s(I get it at Hy-Vee) based on price. Dr. Bronner’s has scented ones to choose from but I have been trying different scents of essential oils with Kirk’s to see if we like them. So far, no complaints, it’s very subtle. One and a half .5 oz bars makes about two cups.
Mix everything together and store in an airtight jar. Depending on your water you may need to adjust the sodas a bit and the amount used per load. I use 1/8 cup per load. You may need to give the jar a shake once in a while to prevent the soap flakes from settling to the bottom. I mix a double batch each time to make it last longer.
That and my new handy dandy laundry sorter in our newly cleaned and painted laundry room have made my life with laundry a much more pleasant experience.
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