Country living is fantastic, until you run out of laundry detergent. Stinky, muddy clothes need to be washed.
My usual detergent from doTERRA was delayed by UPS, so I decided to try making my own! It was either that or pick some up at the health food store 20 minutes away. It’s pretty pricey there too.
I’d been thinking of doing this for years but always took the easy route. The time had finally come to see what I could create.
We set-out to pick up a few supplies. Washing soda was the only ingredient that took a little hunting to find.
Here’s what I used:
- 4 cups hot water (plus more water to fill bucket)
- 1 bar soap – non-toxic – Dr Bronner’s unscented or an olive oil bar (think minimal ingredients – make sure there is no fragrance or parfum listed in the ingredients)
- ¼ cup Borax
- 1 cup Washing Soda
- 1 – 5 gallon bucket
- 30 drops Lavender essential oil
- 30 drops Lemon essential oil
- 30 drops Grapefruit or Clove essential oil (I used Grapefruit)
Here’s how I made it:
- Boil 4 cups of water.
- While water is boiling, grate bar of soap on coarse side of grater.
- Add grated soap to boiling water, stir and remove from heat when melted.
- Fill 5 gallon bucket with very hot water (hottest water from tap).
- Add soap & water solution from pot, as well as washing soda and Borax.
- Stir well until everything is completely dissolved.
- Fill bucket to the top with hot water.
- Stir again.
- Let sit over night to thicken (slightly).
- The next day, add essential oils and stir again.
- Fill empty containers with your new detergent.
- Use 1 cup of detergent for a top loading washer, use ½ cup for a HE front loading washer.
After making my witches brew, I wondered how it would work.
Our newest and largest dog Bruce, provided ample samples of muddied clothing, including a white shirt covered in paw prints (BRUCE!!!!). I thought that it was ruined, it looked so ground in. Could this detergent really clean my families laundry???
I was shocked to see my white shirt paw-print-free and I had forgotten to pre-treat! As well, our clothes came out very soft. Two thumbs up on this recipe.
I now have 5 gallons of laundry detergent which is enough for 80 loads for those of you with a top loading machine or 160 loads for my front loading washer. I’m spending about 5.5 cents per load!!! How cool is that?!
What can I make next??
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