When I first heard about homemade laundry detergent, I pictured myself stirring a pot of laundry over an open fire using lye soap. It wasn’t until I made my first batch that I realized how easy and effective it is. The recipe I use couldn’t be simpler, although there are more complicated versions to be found online.
This month, try making 2 or 3 different detergent recipes, giving them a try, and deciding which you like best. They won’t have the strong smell of commercial products, but my husband actually prefers it that way.
Post your findings here as a comment and share any good recipes you discover! Here’s mine:
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
1/3 bar Fels Naptha soap
In a container with a lid, combine all three ingredients and mix well. Use 1-2 tablespoons per load. I keep a small chunk of the Fels Naptha soap to pre-treat stains. It works great. If you don’t have or can’t find Fels Naptha, any bar soap that doesn’t contain added oils, moisturizers, or perfumes will work.
Here are some helpful resources:
Instructables Homemade Laundry Detergent (read the comments for more tips)
…and for a different version of the recipe in video:
A couple of other videos: