Making your own laundry detergent at home comes with a plethora of advantages. Not only do you retain full control over the selection of ingredients you use in your detergent recipes, which is the perfect solution for those who have skin sensitivities and or suffer from contact allergies, but you also save a load of money.
Continue reading to learn two ways to make homemade laundry detergent, including a powdered formula and a liquid formula.
What You Need to Make Your Own Laundry Detergent
The great news about making your own laundry detergent is that you only need a few ingredients, literally. Three ingredients are all it takes to make either a powdered or liquid laundry detergent formula. Aside from ingredients, you’ll need a few supplies on hand. The supplies you will need specifically will depend on whether you are making a powdered formula or liquid formula.
▷ Cheese Grater
▷ Mixing Bowl
▷ Large Airtight Container
▷ Measuring Cups
▷ Large Saucepan
▷ Large Bucket (8-10 gal)
▷ Warm Water
► Sodium Carbonate (Washing Soda)
► Pure Borax
► Unscented Bar Soap
► Essential Oil of Your Choice
How to Make Powdered Laundry Detergent
To make your own powdered laundry detergent, start by grading down your unscented bar of soap. You may want to buy a brand-new cheese grater for the job to ensure that it is sharp and effective. Now combine one part grated soap with two parts sodium carbonate, also known as washing soda, and two parts pure borax.
Next, add a few drops of your essential oil of choice and mix well. We recommend using lavender or tea tree oil, as these are common fresh laundry scents. Transfer your powdered laundry detergent into an airtight container along with a ¼ cup measuring cup for scooping future loads. Use 1/8 cup of detergent for regular loads, and a full ¼ cup for extra dirty loads.
How to Make Liquid Laundry Detergent
Making your own liquid laundry detergent requires a few extra steps, but it is well worth it if you will prefer liquid detergent over powdered. Start by grating down the full bar of unscented soap. Next, pour 2 quarts of water into a large saucepan, add your grated soap, and then heat on low until the soap dissolves and turns into a thick liquid. Do not allow the liquid to come to a boil.
While your soap and water mixture is heating on low, add 4 ½ gallons of warm water into a large bucket. Then add a full box of pure borax and a full box of washing soda into the water and stir them together. Now pour the saucepan soap solution into the bucket. Mix everything until well combined, and then add 8 to 10 drops of your favorite essential oil. Mix again.
Allow your detergent to sit overnight so that it may settle, and then transfer it into an airtight container. Before using, shake well. Use ½ a cup of liquid detergent for regular loads and a full cup of liquid detergent for extra dirty loads.
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