Monday, July 30

Laundry Detergent

Borax pwdr., castille soap, baking soda, warm water, empty laundry container, mixing bin, measuring cup and funnel
4 cups borax, 8 ounces castille soap

1 cup baking soda


8 ounces warm water


Pour through funnel into empty container.

Shake before using.

I had several reasons for making our own detergent. One being that I hate spending a lot of money in purchasing quality detergent without the toxic chemicals. Another reason is that it sounded easy and fun? Strange I am, I know. The third reason is that Eleanora has very sensitive skin. The icing on the cake was that I found castille soap with lavender in it. The scent of lavender lingering on the clothes is just lovely.


Anonymous said...

Hmmm. You have my full and undivided attention! Can this be used in an automatic washing machine??? I have a front loader, they recommend a low-suds product otherwise it all just goes mad. I'd love to use your recipe though! Any advice?

FishMama said...

How much of this concoction do you use for a large load? "regular load" (whatever that is)...?

Me said...

I honestly don't measure. It is VERY concentrated, even with water in the recipe. I would guess that I use a few tablespoons for each large load. A little drizzle goes a long way. In our house, there's no such thing as a small load.
Hope this helps!

New Mom said...

Do you have any idea how the price compares to "regular" detergent. I'm just wondering if it would be worth it for my family.

Me said...

I'll have to let you know how long it lasts. The previous detergent cost about $12 for the same quantitiy. This one cost about $6? maybe. The savings really depend on finding the castille soap at a good price. ALthough I used liquid castille, I know it comes in bar form as well.

Patricia Bunk said...

I was delighted to come across your recipe. I also make my own laundry detergent except it is a dry recipe. May your days be filled with joy at being a homemaker.

Anonymous said...

The savings is very substantial. :) I've never seen the recipe with castille soap - i've always used Fels Naptha, although I have heard that Ivory can be used in a pinch. Essential oils can also be added for those who like smells!