A couple of us in the family have sensitive skin, so traditional laundry detergents are irritating to us.
The more natural detergents can be really expensive and many soaps without scent leave my clothes smelling…like vomit.
I’ve experimented with several brands that don’t make my clothes smell good.
I’ve tried several recipes from homemade detergent and this one has been working well for us.
It’s really easy and not very expensive to make. It smells great and no skin irritation. It lasts about 2 months!
I only use a tablespoon or so every laundry load and my clothes smell great!
So, let’s make some laundry detergent!
Gather the ingredients!
The recipe is super simple. My daughters make it now for our family!
We grate two bars of Dr. Bonner’s castile unscented soap.
The grated soap looks like little worms. Heehee
It already smells fresh and clean.
We add 20 or so drops of essential oil. We like lavender or melaleuca (but not together!). Some people recommend lemon, and I’m sure that smells amazing, but I worry it might bleach the clothes if I hang them to dry in the sun.
Then we shake it all up in this handy pourable container.
We pour out a couple tablespoons for each laundry load. I don’t really measure it. I don’t fill the dispenser in our washer.
The clothes come out smelling much more fresh than they used to and no irritated skin!
Homemade Laundry Detergent
- 2 cups Borax
- 2 cups Washing Soda Or 1/2 washing soda and 1/2 baking soda.
- 2 bars Dr. Bonner's castile unscented bar soap grated
- 2 cups or scoops Oxi-Clean optional
- 20 or so drops essential oil We like lavender or melaleuca!
- Grate bar soap and mix all ingredients in a jar.
- Use 1-2 T each wash load.