It’s not uncommon for kids to be taught how to make some simple perfumes or soaps at middle school. Some families have taken this idea forward and are now switching to old fashioned homemade laundry detergent. It’s more economical than most store purchased detergents and plus you can make a fun family activity out of it by involving everyone at home. Another reason for you to do it is that you would in a small way do good for the environment as most conventional detergents don't break down in sewage treatment systems as easy as they should. As a result of which we end up with soupy and polluted waterways. You will also have less heavy plastic detergent containers lying around at home that are hard to recycle. Lastly it is very simple to make and does not take more than 10-15 minutes to make.
A Natural Detergent Recipe
Making your own detergentshould only take about ten minutes, especially when adapting this borax-free recipe to include natural bar soap. It should work just as well as the store-bought variety you’re used in the past to clean your clothes.
To start, gather up these ingredients and then get started.
- 1 bar of your favorite soap
- 1 to 1½ cups of washing soda
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup Epsom salts
- 1/2 cup powdered citric acid
To start, first grab a food grater that your willing to spare to your DIY laundry detergent. Use it to shred your bar of soap into grated pieces, or just start chopping it with your food processor to speed up the process. Reducing the soap in this way will be the most extensive step, but be patient as its required to do.
Then place your shavings into your food processor, then scoop the rest of the ingredients in to top if off. Max up the machine a few times to mix, and you’re done! Be sure to store the product in an airtight container such as a jar or zip lock bag. To make a fresh-smelling batch, add a few drops of essential oils. Feel free to mix and match your oils to customize your scent and truly personalize your new laundry detergent.
You don't have to be a laundry service expert to know that how much detergent you need, that depends on the size of your load. If it’s a large load with lots of stains to fight, try 1 to 3 tablespoons.
What the Ingredients Do
Washing soda is a very alkaline/basic powder that easily removes stubborn stains from laundry. It’s sometimes hard to find, but you can simply use baking soda a very common kitchen ingredient you already use for baking and sometimes cleaning. This white powder softens the clothes as well as brightens and cleans it at the same time. You probably know Epsom salts best as a foot or bath soak, this mineral helps dislodge the dirt. Laundry soap does most of the heavy lifting here. Lastly, the citric acid helps getting the stains out.