This recipe for DIY laundry detergent is easy to make at home. You can probably whip it up with supplies you already have around the house. And it will save you a ton of money over the overpriced store-bought brands you are currently using.
Making your own DIY laundry detergent is not only good for your wallet, but it is also good for the environment. The ingredients in this detergent are all biodegradable, so they help the environment by breaking down into safe substances. This is in addition to helping you save money. That makes this detergent a win-win.
In the video, I show you how to make a small amount of DIY laundry detergent. Since I’m a single guy it would take me years to use up a 5-gallon bucket of homemade laundry detergent. But you can easily make up larger batches if you have a large family. You can simply increase the amounts of each ingredient upward to make larger amounts.
Let’s examine the ingredients in this DIY 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. Since I made this video I have Castile soap flakes which eliminate the need to grate bars of Castile soap.
- Epsom Salt (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. So in essence you could skip the Super Washing Soda and simply use the Oxiclean powder if you want. 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. My whites are not dingy and my colors aren’t getting dull as some say can happen when using homemade detergent. I haven’t needed to buy fabric softener since beginning to use this 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 oil 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. You can also use a washcloth and place a few drops of essential oils on the cloth and toss it in the dryer. The volatile essential oil will evaporate from the washcloth and into the clothing, giving them the scent of your favorite oil. These methods use much less of your precious essential oils, and they don’t get washed down the drain.
If you prefer liquid laundry detergent we also have a video showing you how to make a DIY Liquid Laundry Detergent instead.
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