Homemade- chemical free laundry detergent

*UPDATE* This 1 gallon batch of laundry soap lasted us 6 weeks and it turned out awesome!  We loved it and today I just made another batch.  The only thing I changed was I added 5 drops of lavender essential oil and didn’t measure out the baking soda and soda wash as carefully, I did more of “heaping” measurements instead of exact.  I LOVE this laundry soap!!! (12/6/15)

I’ve been wanting to make my own laundry soap for a while now and today I finally got around to buying all the supplies and making it.
I look and looked and looked on pinterest for recipes to make it and found a few I liked but decided to mash a few together and make my own.

I have many reasons as to why I want to make my own laundry soap but here are just a few….

1. I want to know what’s going on our clothes and on our bodies.  We have slowly changed over almost all of our cleaners to more eco friendly and plant based products but making my own just makes it that much better.  We have been using a eco friendly laundry soap for a few years now but I feel much better making my own.
2.  Buying the eco friendly soap is better for the earth and our bodies BUT it IS more expensive then the normal Tide or other brands like that.  Making our own laundry soap is SO incredibly cost efficient and inexpensive.  Later on I’ll post a break down of the cost for everything!
3. It’s fun and rewarding.  I know, it sounds weird but I personally love making homemade products and it is so rewarding when the products you make turn out amazing and work great!

So let’s get started, here’s what you will need to make your own laundry soap.

My recipe will make you 1 gallon of laundry soap.

*disclaimer:  I’ll be the first to say that I HATE, HATE, HATE shopping at Walmart, but for the sake of saving money for when I do the break down I sucked it up and went.  I don’t like supporting this company at all.

* 1.5 gallon new bucket or trash can to mix your ingredients in.  I purchased a 1.5 gallon plastic waste basket from Walmart for only $0.94  and I’ll continue to use it for close to ever!  What a great deal!
* Wooden Spoon to mix your soap.  I got my wooden spoon from Walmart for only $1.97 but you can also get them at the dollar store.  You don’t need anything fancy, just something to mix everything together.
*measuring cups to measure your ingredients.   I bake a lot so I have extra, I just used what I have but these will be used only for laundry soap making.

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* Something to hold your laundry soap in.  I went to Walmart and got a 1 gallon rubbermade pitcher.  It has a wide mouth perfect for pouring your soap into and a great spout for pouring your soap in your measuring cup and into your washer.  This pitcher cost $4.64 and so far it’s worked great!  I originally wanted a glass container BUT then I thought about it and sometimes you will have to shake your detergent so something plastic and this shape/size is perfect!
(P.S. whats missing from my container was 4 loads of laundry!)

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* Baking soda.  I got this large value sized box for $2.24 from Walmart.

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* Super washing Soda.  Again, I got this large box from Walmart for $3.97.  You can buy smaller boxes for cheaper but I knew I was going to be making my own laundry soap for a long time so it was worth it for me to buy the bigger boxes, and they were cheap and you get a lot!
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*Castille Soap.  I use Dr.Bronners castille soap and love it.  I haven’t used any other kind before.  I got the lavender scent but if you want unscented you can get their baby one that is unscented.  Most natural stores carry this soap but I actually got mine from Ross for $3.99.  I have also bought many other Dr.Bronners soaps from TJMAXX and Marshalls for the same discounted prices!  So make sure you check there before paying full price! 😉

Instructions:
1. In your bucket or wastebasket put 1/4 cup super washing soda in there.
2.  Fill up your 1 gallon container with hot water.  Just hot tap water will do.  Dump about 1/4 into the bucket or wastebasket and mix well with your wooden spoon.  Mix it until it is completly dissolved.  Now, to me it smelled so weird…don’t worry, that scent will go away!
3. Add to your water and washing soda 1/4 cup of baking soda and mix well.
4.  Dump in the rest of your hot water from your 1 gallon container and mix.
5. Add 1/3 cup plus a dash more of your castille soap and mix well.  You will want to make sure you add the castille soap last because if you don’t you will have a bubbly mess.
6.  After you have mixed it well, carefully dump it all into your snazzy 1 gallon container.

Ta-da! You have made your own homemade laundry soap!  I have read that when it gets cold it might get clumpy but you can shake your container up and break up the clumps or they will dissolve in the wash. I haven’t had that problem yet but I keep mine in the cupboard above my washer so it doesn’t get to cold up there.

I ended up dumping my Super Washing Soda and Baking soda into gallon bags.  I didn’t like that the side of the box would remain open….IDK, I’m weird like that.  I stored the measuring cups and wooden spoon in the wastebasket I use to make my detergent above my washing machine for easy access.
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For a normal load use 1/4 cup.  The detergent will seem super watery and you will be tempted to use more but 1/4 cup works great!  I was so tempted to use more because it didn’t get sudsy and the detergent is liquidy but trust me 1/4 cup works! Maybe with a large load use a little bit more but not to much!

I have done 4 loads so far since making the detergent and so far I love it.  If I notice anything different Ill update here!

Oh yeah, I forgot to do the math on how much each batch would cost, but trust me… it is SUPER inexpensive.  For everything it took to make this detergent ( wooden spoon, waste basket, container for detergent, castle soap, baking soda and washing soda) It cost $17.75 + tax and I’ll be able to make many 1 gallon containers of soap from it, PLUS next time I need to purchase more ingredients it will be even cheaper because I will already have the reusable supplies!  Some day soon Ill do the math and update 🙂

Thanks for reading!

XOXO

Love Always,
Miyuki Angel

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