The first step to making your own laundry detergent is to buy or make washing soda. Check out my post here to make your own washing soda (VERY EASY).
Here is what you’ll need:
6 tbsp Washing Soda
6 tbsp Borax
6 tbsp Liquid Castile Soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild Unscented Liquid Castile Soap,—I use unscented so I can scent with whatever essential oil I choose at the time I do laundry, or leave unscented)
Essential Oil (optional)
Empty Milk Jug or other mixing container (you can use a empty ice cream pail)
1. Put 1 cup of hot water in a 2 cup measuring cup. Add washing soda and borax. Stir to completely dissolve washing soda and borax in the hot water. If water is not hot enough to dissolve the ingredients, try microwaving the mixture.
I have used 20 Mule Team and Eco-Pioneer Borax and like them both.
2. Add castile soap to washing soda and borax mixture and mix to combine. Pour the mixture into a 4 litre (1 gallon) milk jug or other container. Optional: Add essential oil to the milk jug mixture.
I buy my Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap from London Drugs, Well.ca or you can find it here. I bought my Lavender Essential Oil from Well.ca.
3. To fill the milk jug, add cold water slowly –so lots of suds don’t form. DON’T the shake container. Leave some room in the jug to mix (i.e.. don’t fill jug with water to the very top). Mix with a spoon or gently rock or tilt the jug from side to side to prevent lots of suds from forming.
4. It is best if you can leave the mixture overnight and then gently stir or tilt to mix and then pour it into other containers if desired.
Use a few tablespoons of your new laundry detergent per load and add more for large or extra soiled loads of laundry. Use vinegar as fabric softener (don’t worry, the vinegar smell rinses away).
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