Homemade Laundry Detergent
This recipe for DIY homemade laundry detergent is easy to make and will save you a ton of money over the store bought brands.
Making your own homemade laundry detergent is not only good for your wallet, it is good for the environment. The ingredients in this detergent are all biodegradable so they help the environment as well as helping you save money.
In the video, I show you how to make a small amount of homemade laundry detergent. Since I’m a single guy it would take me years to use up a
You can simply increase the amounts of each ingredient upward to make larger amounts if you have a large family.
Let’s examine the ingredients in this homemade laundry detergent and why we use them:
- Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)- Baking soda has a slightly alkaline pH which helps to soften water so that detergents work better. It also helps to whiten and soften fabrics.
- Super Washing Soda (Sodium Carbonate) – Super washing soda is a more strongly alkaline substance that also raises the pH of water into the alkaline range to help detergents work.
- Castile Soap– A mild vegetable soap that helps to loosen dirt so that it can be lifted out of the fabric of your clothes.
- Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulfate)- Epsom salts are another natural fabric softener. The magnesium in Epsom salts can make your water a little harder, but the small amount used in this recipe will be easily offset by the baking soda and super washing soda.
OxicleanPowder– The main ingredients of OxiClean are sodium percarbonate and sodium carbonate. Yes, just like in the Super Washing Soda. Sodium percarbonate is hydrogen peroxide and sodium carbonate. This breaks down into naturally occurring substances so it is safe for the environment. It also contains detergents which work along with the Castile soap to lift out dirt and stains.
After using this homemade laundry detergent for a while I have been satisfied with the cleaning it does in the laundry. My whites are not dingy and my colors aren’t getting dull as some say can happen when using homemade detergent.
I don’t use any essential oils in this homemade laundry detergent because they would just get washed out and not leave a scent. Also, it would take a large amount of essential oils to have any disinfecting power in the washer due to the large amount of water. They would simply be too dilute to have any serious antimicrobial effects.
If you would like to add fragrance to your clothes using essential oils, a better solution is to mix your favorite essential oil (lavender is very popular) with a teaspoon of witch hazel or rubbing alcohol and water in a spritzer bottle and spritz your clothing when it comes out of the dryer.
This method uses way less of your precious essential oils, and they don’t get washed down the drain.
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