Making your own laundry detergent might be easier than you think. This recipe calls for only two ingredients and can be made in under 30 minutes. I think it’s worth the effort to avoid some of the not-so-healthy ingredients found in most conventional laundry detergents. I won’t get into the details here, but the Environmental Working Group is a great resource to research the safety of common household products. Based on their findings, it’s safe to say that most laundry detergents on the market are not eco-friendly or human friendly.
I searched high and low for an easy and effective laundry detergent recipe. This is the recipe I have been using for about a year now. One batch typically lasts me a couple months. It’s fragrance free so I like to add a few drops of essential oils to each load for a fresh scent. When washing our bed sheets, I add lavender for a calming effect and for clothes, I typically use a blend of some type of citrus and lavender.
The ingredients are simple: castile soap bars and washing soda. That’s it! You may be able to find these ingredients at your local grocery store, but I bought them on Amazon.
The first step in making the detergent is chopping the castile soap bars into small chunks. Then add the chunks to a food processor along with the washing soda. Turn the food processor on and let it run until the mixture is a fine powder. Transfer mixture to a sealable jar or container and store in your laundry room. I saved one of the scoops from my store bought powder detergent and I use one heaping scoop per load. If the load is extra dirty, I’ll use two scoops.
- 6 cups washing soda
- 3 - 4 ounce bars castile soap
- Chop the castile soap bars into small chunks.
- Place chopped soap and washing soda in a food processor and process until a fine powder consistency is achieved. Let contents settle before removing lid.
- Transfer mixture to a sealed jar or container and store in your laundry room.
- Use about 2 tablespoons per load.