I’ve been meaning to make my own laundry detergent for quite a while now. I’m not sure what But the four jugs of “buy 1 get two free” laundry detergent I had kicking around the laundry room kept me from doing it until now. Now, those yucky grocery store bottles of detergent are all gone so I can make my own. This is so easy, everyone (including you) should go make some. I wrote the recipe on the side of my container so that I wouldn’t have the trouble of losing it like I did with my dishwasher detergent.
Angela’s Laundry Magic:
Remember how much I LOVE my Kitchenaid mixer?
One more reason: It grinds up bars of soap in no time flat.
I used Kirk’s Coco Castille for this batch because that’s what I bought months ago when I got it into my head that I would start making laundry detergent, but I will NEVER use it again for two reasons. One, it is expensive; you can use Ivory soap or homemade soap instead. And, two it has such a strong scent that I can’t stand it.
Once you have the bars of soap ground up, dump them into whatever container you are going to use to hold your soap. (Three bars yielded four cups of grated soap.) Add essential oil for fragrance if you are going to scent your soap (I used a combination of lavender, lemongrass and rosemary.) and shake or stir it before adding two cups each Borax, washing soda and baking soda. Shake or stir the entire batch until the grated soap is incorporated throughout the powder.
I put mine into this container I got from a friend that used to hold some kind of protein powder.
But, if your husband does laundry (like mine does) and has giant man-hands (like mine does), you may need to find a wide-mouthed container that he can easily reach into so that he isn’t deterred from doing laundry in the future. I reused this old laundry soap container. Best of all, it even came with its own scoop. I use about
1/4 1/8 cup per load, but you may need to adjust the amount you use based on how hard your water is and how dirty your clothes are.