DIY Homemade Powdered Laundry Detergent
Since I started The Organic Rabbit in January of 2014, I’ve been wanting to share the recipe for the homemade laundry detergent I use. The only problem was that it seemed like I would never run out. The last batch I had lasted me almost 2 years. But, keep in mind that I was only using it to wash MY clothes, not the hubbys clothes.
You can make this detergent scented or unscented. If you choose to make scented soap, it really only scents the actual powder and washing water and not so much the clothes. Once they have been line dried or put in the dryer, most all the scent is unnoticeable. So why put scent in at all you ask? I just happen to like smelling it when I open the container. No other reason really.
I chose to use Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild Unscented bar because it is gentle, unscented and I just like Dr. Bronner’s products. It also grates to a nice fine texture if you use the smallest grating plate on your grater. I’ve also heard of others grating it larger and running it through a food processor. That will make it even finer. I found that the texture I got with my grater was just fine for me.
I suggest grating the bar of soap, adding either the Washing Soda or Borax next, mixing thoroughly then adding the last ingredient and mixing thoroughly. Put in an air tight container (I’ve used the same ole Christmas Ziploc bowl for the past 2 years) and use 1 tablespoon per load.
This detergent doesn’t suds up. Contrary to what everyone is programmed to believe, suds do not equal clean. This took me a minute to get used to. Our perception is that it’s the suds that are cleaning your clothes. This is a myth. My clothes have always come out clean and fresh. I clean houses, cook, walk dogs for a living and do hot yoga so I know dirty clothes.
Not only are you helping the environment by not using lots of chemicals, your clothes will last longer by not using harsh concentrated detergent (Borax actually helps the soap work optimally in hard water which is what we have here in Arizona) and you will save so much money on detergent. When I break it down, I end up spending:
- $24 total for the ingredients which will last over 2 years ($12/year).
- If I do 3 loads of laundry a week that comes to about 30 cents a load (or $1 a month) but I don’t normally do 3 loads of laundry a week so mine will last even longer bringing the cost per load much lower.
- That’s way better than spending $12 on a bottle of liquid detergent that will last about a month.