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Homemade Powder Laundry Detergent

After using the Homemade liquid laundry detergent and liking it, I wanted to give the powdered a try just for a comparison.  I will let you know which I like better after more washes.

     Powder Laundry Detergent

  • 1 bar natural soap (I used Tom’s Sensitive)
  • 1 c Borax
  • 1 c Washing soda
  • essential oils of your choice (6-8 drops)

Grate soap, add powders, mix.  hmmmm simple enough but well, who likes that?  So, I made this x5, and the last cup of washing soda I had to replace with 1 cup baking soda, because I ran out…… oops!  Also I added about 30-40 drops of Peppermint before I stirred it all up just to give it a nice ahhhhhhh smell, my kids really like the peppermint.


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Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

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

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.

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Homemade Liquid Dishwasher Detergent

Another homemade product I have begun using in my efforts to be frugally natural is dish detergent for my dishwasher.  I really enjoy this recipe*see bottom of post, the only flaws I have found is that you still need to add something for hard water and you have to shake it before each use as it separates as it sits.  I originally got the recipe from here

Homemade Liquid Dish Detergent:

•16 cups Water, halved

•1 1/2 cups WASHING soda

•1 cup Borax

•1/2 cup Dr Bronner’s Pure Liquid Castile Soap (I used Orange scented)

Bring 8 cups of the water to a boil.  Remove from heat and stir in washing soda, borax and liquid castile soap.  Continue stirring until completely dissolved.  Stir in remaining 8 cups of water and allow to cool.  Pour cooled dishwasher detergent into container of choice.  It will ‘gel’ up over the next 24 hours.

Prior to using, shake up detergent.  I use approx 2 Tbs in the detergent dispenser, but experiment to see what works best for you.  This lasts a VERY long time.

*editing on 6/6/13 to say: This was a great starting recipe for me to use, however, since then I have begun using the Natural Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Tabs with much greater success.  I honestly don’t see me using anything else but these in the future.  They work better and they are both easier and cheaper to make.