Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipes: Easy Eco-Friendly & Budget Friendly Detergents

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You can make homemade laundry detergent with low-cost, eco-friendly ingredients. Try mixing up a batch of your own laundry detergent at home!
Basic cleaning ingredients that you can find at any grocery, hardware, or drug store can be mixed together to create your own laundry detergent. When comparing ingredients in your homemade detergent to many green laundry brands found at your local grocery store or online, you’ll discovery they are very similar!
So – why not save a bunch of money and make your own eco-friendly laundry detergent at home?
You can make both powdered or liquid detergent depending on your preference.

You’ll need the following ingredients on hand in order to create your own detergent following the recipes below:
A basic recipe for homemade laundry detergent powder is to mix 1 part washing soda, 1 part borax, and 2 parts grated soap flakes (for instance, for every cup of washing soda and borax each you will need 2 cups of grated soap flakes).
Use a large cheese grater to grate a bar of soap for the flakes. If you use Fels Naptha soap, which is quite harsh and not recommended for use on the skin, use half the amount of soap per batch (that is, equal parts of each ingredient).
Mix ingredients well and store in a plastic container with a tight fitting lid. For large loads in a top loading washer, use 2 to 3 Tablespoons of the detergent. You can add easily add a scent to your laundry by adding just a few drops of any essential oil to the water in your washing machine each load of wash you do.
You can also make a liquid version of the laundry soap above. You will need a 5-gallon bucket for mixing the soap. Store the product in the 5-gallon bucket or in a few empty laundry liquid containers.
As the liquid laundry soap sits, it will likely gel and may look a little gloppy. That’s okay, just stir or shake the container before each use. You will want to use 1/4 cup detergent per full load.
There are several sites online with additional homemade laundry detergent recipes, including this great FAQ from TipNut.com.

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