If you have five minutes you can make this homemade liquid laundry detergent. There is no soap grating involved and just 3 ingredients, well 4 if you count the water. The longest part of the process is waiting for the water to get hot.
This recipe works for HE washing machines, that’s what I have. I have been making laundry detergent for two years. I decided to try this because I had become aware of EWG (Environmental Working Group) and learned about products I was using that were not good for my family. Reading words like asthma and respiratory issues, skin allergies and irritations, development and reproductive toxicity and cancer, really scared me. I started doing research and took baby steps to change what my family was consuming. The first thing I tried was making my own detergent.
I used to buy All Free & Clear detergent because there were no harsh fragrances and it didn’t cause any skin allergies, so I thought. To my surprise it scored a D on EWG, YIKES! I was fooled by the name but that’s alright because I have learned so much about living healthier and naturally. See, I’m always looking on the bright side.
Not only is this detergent all natural with no harm to your body, you will save money and it lasts a long time. I have a family of 4 and I get about 100 loads out of it. Not bad.
*TIP: I found that putting vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser of the washing machine helped to make my clothes and especially towels soft. The towels used to come out a bit “crunchy”, but not anymore.
Vinegar is not only a great fabric softener but it also helps to get rid of the residue that detergent leaves on the clothes.
Benefits of the Ingredients:
Castile soap is a vegetable oil based soap. It is biodegradable and nontoxic.
Baking Soda is a natural deodorizer that helps to get out smells and stains.
Salt helps keep clothes from fading, softens the water, and it is a stain fighter.
What You Need:
- 4 cups hot water
- 1 cup liquid castile soap (I used unscented)
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/3 cup salt
- 1 gallon empty container ( I used an old, clean vinegar container)
In a large measuring cup, stir together the hot water and baking soda until the baking soda is dissolved. Next, add the salt and stir until it is dissolved. Add in the liquid castile soap and stir to combine.
Pour the mixture into the one-gallon jug. Fill the rest of the jug with water, slowly, as the soap will foam.
You will need to shake the container before each use. Use 2-3 Tbsp.