According to Procter & Gamble, the average American family does 300 loads of laundry per year. That is more than five loads per week. But by making your own laundry detergent, you can cut your detergent costs by up to 50%, while using a safe, green alternative to store bought laundry soap.
There are only a few basic ingredients to making your own laundry detergent:
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1 cup borax
- 1 shaved bar of soap (castile or oil based)
These ingredients can be found in the laundry aisle of your grocery store. To shave the castile soap, use a handheld cheese grater or a food processor. Make sure the ingredients are mixed well, either with a spoon or in a blender and sealed with an airtight lid to stop detergent from going bad. This recipe calls for unscented detergent but you can spice it up a little by adding 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil to each batch of detergent. Use 1-2 tablespoons for each load, depending on the size and efficiency of your washing machine. You should be able to get up to 45 loads out of the recipe.
If you’re unsure about using scented detergent, try adding a couple drops of essential oil to a dryer sheet and throw it in the dryer. This way, if you don’t like the scent, you won’t have to throw out the entire batch of detergent.