Homemade Laundry Detergent
I have tried SO many DIY laundry detergents and never liked any of them! I never felt like they go my clothes clean and I hated the boring smell. BUT I finally found one that I LOVE and I’m sharing it with you!
I have been using this for about a month now, so not THAT long but long enough to know if I like it or not. I think my favorite thing is that it makes my clothes feel clean, they come out smelling fresh and it’s so easy to make. Plus, the ingredients come in bulk so you can always keep it on hand and mix up a new batch when you need to.
Making the Switch
I used to be a Tide With a Touch of Downey super fan. I’ll be honest, I still love it but I found that it was making my washing machine super gunky. I was having to wipe away the mold (blah) on the door after every use. It turns out, that even though I was using a small amount, liquid detergents cause more build up in the front loading, high efficiency washers than powder. So I switch to powdered Tide. And then my life came crashing down. Okay, okay, you’re right that’s super hyperbolic, but seriously, I was happy with my laundry detergent and didn’t want to switch. But I found out that I have super, duper sensitive skin and needed to cut the fragrance out of most of my products. Fragrance is super irritating and honestly, probably not that good for any of us. I do buy free and clear laundry detergent when I’m in a pinch but I prefer this, again because it’s powder and better for my washer.
I got this recipe from a simple google search. I sifted through tons of recipes but some included grating a bar of soap (ummmm nope, ain’t no one got time for ) or I had tried and just didn’t feel like it was doing the trick. Then I stumbled upon this one, THE one!
- 1½ cups Baking Soda
- 1½ cups Washing Soda
- ¼ cup Epsom salt
- 2 tablespoons sea salt
- Optional: 10-15 drops of your favorite essential oils ( I leave this out)
This recipe makes exactly a quart of detergent and you only need 1 tablespoon per load.
I store mine in a large glass canister on top of my washer. Add a label and you’re all set!