What more could I ask for?
Ingredients I trust with the convenience of saving me time.
Then a coconut allergy entered my life, and all bets were off. No more store-bought laundry detergent!
So after reading the ingredients label of every commercially available laundry detergent known to man, I struck out and was forced to try making my own.
Most recipes for homemade laundry detergent call for Borax, which is a controversial product because it is said that it can disrupt hormones and cause irritation. Certainly not something I was willing to risk. But I did notice that most recipes for homemade laundry detergent contained bar soap and something called Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda. You can get it at Amazon.com for just over $4, and you can even subscribe and save.
I then combine the washing soda with the one bar soap I can find that doesn't contain coconut-derived ingredients (Kiss My Face Pure Olive Oil Soap).
Bar soap options
The most challenging part of this is actually shredding the bar soap. However, it isn't too difficult with the right tool. I use a box grater and it makes quick work of the soap.
I then mix the washing soda and grated soap together in a glass jar and use a tbsp measuring spoon to measure it out.
Easy homemade laundry detergent
What you need:
How to make:
- Grate entire bar of soap
- Pour washing soda & grated soap into a container and shake vigorously until mixed.
- Store in a cool, dry place.
- For a small or medium load, I use 1-2 tbsp of detergent. Larger loads, depending upon soil level, use 3-4 tbsp. Please consult your washing machine manual for proper usage. I have a HE machine and haven't experienced any problems. Make sure you use the powdered detergent compartment on your laundry machine, not the liquid dispenser.
So far, so good with this stuff. It cost me around $7 to make the ½ gallon jar, and it seems to clean thoroughly. Our laundry doesn't have a smell really because there is no fragrance, but it does smell fresh like it was hanging outside in the fresh air.