Let’s talk dirty clothes. No one really like to do laundry, but I always try to be grateful that we have clothes to wash. And I thank God for a washing machine and dryer. Can you imagine hand washing everything when that 1 sweater you had to have is such a chore? 😉 Me, either. But we have a little one with super sensitive skin, and All free and clear was getting to be wayyyy too expensive. But I wanted something that would clean, not leave the clothes smelling funny, and was more eco friendly. After much research and lots of coffee, here is the recipe for my (we love it) laundry detergent.
A 5 gallon plastic tote (for mixing)
5 gallon jugs (milk or vinegar work great after a good washing)
1 cup of liquid castile soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s baby mild)
1 cup of Borax
1 large box of baking soda for sensitive skin or 1 box of washing soda if you don’t have sensitive skin
4 gallons of really warm/mildly hot water
OK. And yes, this is a recipe for 4 gallons of detergent. Put the water into your mixing tub, add the liquid soap, borax, and soda and stir till it is all dissolved. When it is mixed thoroughly, begin pouring it into your gallon containers. You want to leave about 3 inches of empty space at the top as the detergent needs to be shaken well before each use. And voila, there’s your homemade and super affordable detergent.
Things to remember:
This stuff looks slimy and gross when it is coagulated after sitting, just give it a good shake before you pour it into the wash.
You only need 1 cup (8 ounces) per each FULL load of laundry.
You are saving tons of $$$ and helping the environment by making a more eco friendly detergent and reusing plastic jugs.
White vinegar is a perfect fabric softener to complement this detergent, and no, your clothes will not smell like salad dressing 🙂
What is your favorite DIY cleaner? Please share, I love to try new ones!