Have you jumped on the DIY laundry detergent trend yet? This is just my opinion, but I think we should all thank Pinterest for the trend that is sweeping homes across the country! My sister turned me onto this homemade trick, and I just wanted to share it with all of you.
Once you buy all the ingredients for the homemade detergent, and if you double or triple the recipe, it can last for months. Plus it’s super cheap and safe for the environment. Fabulous, right?
What’s even better is that this detergent is free of toxic chemicals and safe for the whole family.
The best recipe that I’ve found so far is from DIYNatural.com. It’s very simple.
Just pick up these three ingredients at your local store:
- One bar of soap, you can try Ivory or Dr. Bronner’s. Then the soap will have to be shaved to make the detergent. Have you ever shaved soap? It’s not as hard as it sounds! You will need a hand grater. Or, you can use a food processor (whichever one you have handy).
- 1 cup Borax
- 1 cup of washing soda
Washing soda is sodium carbonate or soda ash. Look for the Arm & Hammer brand, which can be found in the laundry detergent section of the grocery store.
Stir together for about five minutes and you have homemade laundry detergent. DIYNatural also says you can take an extra step and place the detergent in a blender, which creates a fine powder out of the soap mixture. Use 1 tablespoon per load and the detergent will last for roughly 64 loads.
You may scent your detergent several ways including adding small lemon peels or a tiny bit of essential oils. I found that if you use a nice smelling bar soap you don’t need any extra scent.
The homemade version of laundry detergent literally costs just pennies for each load. So, why not give it a try?