DIY Laundry Detergent

So you can knit, sew, cook your food from scratch, and change your own oil.  Can you make your own laundry detergent?  Do you even know what is in your laundry detergent? I started making my own laundry detergent almost a year ago now, and I have been experementing to find the best formula.  At the moment,  I have a keeper.  This formulation has been successful at getting out toddler strength stains.

This is how you make it...


Castille Soap (grated)


Washing Soad

Baking Soad (optional)

Essential Oil (optional)

The Formula:  I made a ratio of ingredients rather than an exact recipe so that you can make a small batch or a large batch, and there wouldn't be any problem going from English to metric measures, etc.  Note:  Ratios are by VOLUME.

Mix 2 parts grated soap, 1 part borax, 1 part washing soda, and if desired, 0.5 to 1 part baking soda (use more for heavily soiled clothing), and essential oil as preferred (I like lavender).

Example: 2 cups grated soap (about 1 bar), 1 cup borax, 1 cup washing soda, 0.5 cup baking soda, and 20 drops essential oil.

This is how it should look.

Once you mix it all up, stick it in a container with a tight lid, and use about 1/8 cup per regular load of wash.