I had been wanting to try making my own homemade laundry detergent, but wanted an easy one. Many recipes require grating soap, or boiling the soap mixture, which I wanted to avoid.
Then I found a super easy laundry detergent recipe over at Backdoor Survival. Survival Woman’s recipe, found in The No Mess No Fuss Method of Making DIY Laundry Detergent did not involve grating soap or boiling ingredients. The best part was, I already had these materials on hand.
You will need:
1/2 gallon container (recycled juice bottle will do)
3 TBSP Borax
3 TBSP Washing Soda
2 TBSP dishwashing detergent (Dawn Dishwashing Liquid was recommended in the article and that is the one I used)
8 cups water
- Boil 2 cups water (out of the 8 cups).
- Using a funnel, pour the Borax and Washing Soda into the bottle.
- Carefully pour in the 2 cups of boiling water. Shake well until powders are dissolved.
- Add the dishwashing liquid and mix some more.
- Finally, add the remaining 6 cups of water and mix well. That’s it, you’re done mixing.
- Use about a quarter to a half cup of this laundry detergent to a load of wash.
First, I washed a load of colors with the homemade dishwashing liquid, at the cold water cycle. Our machine is just a regular washer. I noticed the mixture is more watery than store bought liquid laundry detergent. It is also odor free.
The second load consisted of whites.
The load of colors came out clean, with surface dirt removed. I did not have any heavily stained clothes but any dusty pants and minor dirt came off.
The whites were clean enough, but because I did not use bleach like I normally do for whites, they are not bright white. To be fair, the homemade laundry detergent results were about the same as store bought without bleach.
If you are used to heavily fragranced clothes, the unscented mixture may be an adjustment. For myself, though I like the scent for fresh laundry, I used to get an allergic reaction when using too much Downey or heavily scented detergents. I think we get conditioned to store bought products and expect cleaners to be extra sudsy and fragrant. They do not need to do these to clean properly. I believe the homemade laundry detergent worked as well as commercial detergents but is certainly much cheaper to make.
This homemade detergent experiment was certainly a success! Thanks Survival Woman!
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