I was very excited to stop using the chemicals in my laundry detergent as well. I must tell you that before finding this recipe, I just bought some soap nuts and was washing my clothes with those. I didn’t really care for them. I thought the clothes smelled worse coming out than they did going in. So I added some essential oils to the bag containing the soap nuts and this helped, but not enough for my liking. I went online and scoured the internet for homemade natural laundry soaps. There are A LOT out there. I knew I wanted one that was not a powder*, so that helped narrow it down. Finally I found one I liked using simple ingredients.
Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent
- 1 Gallon water
- 1 cup Washing Soda
- 1 cup Borax
- 1 cup Liquid Castile Soap (I used Dr. Bronner’s Citrus Liquid Castile Soap)
- Empty gallon sized container
Heat the water, washing soda and borax in a large pot. Once the powders dissolve, take it off the stove and add the castile soap. You may add this directly to your gallon sized container or you may wait for it to cool. We use about 1 cup per load. We use this in our ‘he’ washer with no problems, but we put it directly in with clothes not through dispenser. In the dryer, I use the dryer balls they sell at Wal-Mart (they are blue with spikey things all over them) and I put EO on a rag and toss in, these combined give me a chemical free, wonderful smelling, static free load.
* I have switched to a powder version. I really thought I wanted liquid because that was what I was used to, but I have since switched to powder because the prep is easier and it works just as good if not BETTER. Here is my dry laundry detergent recipe.