You might be surprised to learn that you can make your own laundry detergent. Or maybe you have heard of it, but weren´t sure. It´s a great way to save time and money which is good for you. And with this ecofriendly laundry detergent it get´s even better: you are doing something for the environment at the same time! So, let me show you how to make ecofriendly laundry detergent.
First, you actually have two options here. You can make powder detergent or liquid detergent. The instructions for both are below:
How to make ecofriendly liquid laundry detergent
- A cheese grater (Sturdy food processor with a grating attachment or a blender can work well too)
- Large saucepan (needs to hold at least six cups of water)
- 8 oz. soap (glycerin or other natural soap works best.)
- 2 cups of washing soda – you can find this at your local home store or supermarket
- 2 cups of borax
- Large bucket which needs to hold approximately two gallons.
- Water and a
- Storage container (old detergent containers would be a good option if you cleaned them out)
Grate 8 ounces of your soap (about one cup), then turn your cooker on to medium low. Heat six cups of water in large saucepan. Slowly add your soap flakes, letting them dissolve before adding more.
Once all soap flakes are dissolved, add washing soda and borax. Continue stirring until the mixture thickens. Then remove the saucepan from heat.
Add four cups of hot water to your bucket and pour your soap mixture into the water. Stir to combine and add another gallon of water to the mixture. If you’re using a two gallon bucket simply fill the rest of the bucket up with water. Stir well and let sit overnight.
The next day pour the mixture into your storage container. When you’re ready to do laundry, use ¼ cup of detergent per load. Or use your old measuring cup from the detergent you used before.
How to make ecofriendly Powder Detergent
- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup washing soda
- 2 cups soap flakes (use glycerin or other natural soap grated with a cheese grater or food processor)
- 1 Large bowl or bucket for mixing
- And a storage container
Making ecofriendly powder detergent is easy. Simply combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Store in your container of choice, keeping in mind to avoid it from getting wet. When ready, use approximately 1/8 of a cup of detergent. Still have your measuring “spoon” from your old detergent? Then don´t throw it away, continue using it!
Note: The ration for powder detergent is one borax to one washing soda to two soap flakes. So you could easily double, triple or quadruple the recipe. Just keep the proportions equal.
As you could see, making ecofriendly laundry detergent is easy and you can find all the ingredients you need at your supermarket. You’ll find the ingredients at a much lower cost than buying a jug of manufactured detergent. Plus, a homemade batch will last you quite a long time. It’ll save you money and it’s much better for the environment.
Which one will you try? Let me know in the comments