Making your own laundry detergent is not only simple but can save you ‘loads’ of money when you make the switch. There are two options when it comes to detergent: liquid or powder. I tend to use powdered detergent because it is simpler to make, there is minimal mess, and generally less expensive.
The best part about making the switch to DIY detergent is you know exactly what’s in it. No more industrial chemicals, coloring, or toxic scents. Only three simple ingredients will do the job. For those who have allergies or sensitivities to certain scents, you can choose to make your detergent unscented. We prefer to use soap with natural essential oils for subtle, non-toxic scents like lavender.
Most of these ingredients are located down the laundry section of the supermarket. Often times Borax and Washing Soda are in cardboard boxes near each other. I like to use Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Castile Soap Bar because of the pure ingredients, subtle fragrance, and the organic, fair-trade quality.
Finely grate the bar of soap with either a hand grater or a food processor.
Measure your grated soap and pour into a large mixing bowl. Your ratio is 2 parts Borax, 2 parts Washing Soda, and 1 part grated soap.
Add your Borax and Washing Soda according to your grated soap measurement.
Store in an air tight container.
When ready to use, measure 1/8 cup of powdered laundry detergent for a regular size load.