Make Your Own Laundry Detergent


| 5/26/2010 2:05:06 PM


A photo of Oz GirlWhen I moved to Kansas almost 2 years ago, my love for our beautiful rural area encouraged me to think of ways to live more gently on the land and to leave less of a footprint, especially where chemicals are concerned.

I must admit I find myself on a roller coaster where being environmentally “green” is concerned ... one day I want to be more economical and more environmentally conscious, and other days I feel like it’s too much effort. So I won’t lie, it can be a struggle at times. Sometimes it’s easier to revert to what appears to be easier. Honestly, if you really think about it, using prepackaged detergents and cleaners is not EASIER (and it’s definitely NOT cheaper!), it is simply that we have become accustomed to buying many of our home cleaners “off the shelf,” for the sake of perceived convenience. I believe that if we can adjust our habits, then those new habits will eventually become the “new” easy. And we’ll feel really good about it too. A big bonus.

There is no shortage of recipes for all types of home cleaners on the internet. But let’s start with something simple. I feel that this particular challenge is possibly one of the easiest first transitions to make.

I am going to give you a recipe to make your very own homemade laundry detergent. And if you are saying “I don’t think I’m inclined to make my own laundry detergent,” well, then, I’ll give you some tips later to save with what you ARE using.

First, the recipe:



  • 4 cups of water
  • 1/3 bar of cheap soap (Fels Naptha), grated
  • 1/2 cup washing soda (not baking soda)
  • 1/2 cup of Borax (20 Mule Team)
  • 5-gallon bucket for mixing
  • 3 gallons of water

Washing soda and Borax

jkay
11/22/2017 5:12:14 PM

A few thoughts on making your own. Arm and Hammer baking soda is made by Church and Dwight, who still contract animal testing. If your homemade detergent requires warm water than you'd have a much lower carbon footprint if you switch to a good sustainable commercial detergent that's made from simple, safe, ingredients. more here: https://greenstarsproject.org/2017/11/22/green-stars-review-biokleen-laundry-detergent-sustainable/


jkay
11/22/2017 5:12:05 PM

A few thoughts on making your own. Arm and Hammer baking soda is made by Church and Dwight, who still contract animal testing. If your homemade detergent requires warm water than you'd have a much lower carbon footprint if you switch to a good sustainable commercial detergent that's made from simple, safe, ingredients. more here: https://greenstarsproject.org/2017/11/22/green-stars-review-biokleen-laundry-detergent-sustainable/


jmskrb
11/22/2017 5:12:00 PM

A few thoughts on making your own. Arm and Hammer baking soda is made by Church and Dwight, who still contract animal testing. If your homemade detergent requires warm water than you'd have a much lower carbon footprint if you switch to a good sustainable commercial detergent that's made from simple, safe, ingredients. more here: https://greenstarsproject.org/2017/11/22/green-stars-review-biokleen-laundry-detergent-sustainable/






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