My sister has been making her own laundry detergent for a while now. I remember one early morning, she was whipping up a batch with her shiny, red, Kitchenaid Mixer. As the fragrant, white Borax Flakes mixed with the Washing Soda and Laundry Soap, I realized that I needed to give it a try.
I looked for the ingredients at every grocery and natural product store that I could find. It was easy to find the Borax flakes in the laundry aisle of my local supermarket. I found the Castile soap in TraderJoes and a simpler castile version in the 99 Cent Only store. The Washing Soda was nowhere to be found. If you need any of these ingredients and can’t find it in your local stores, I’ve linked to them in the Amazon Store above.
I improvised with the Washing Soda. You can make your own simply by baking your Baking Soda for 30 minutes at 400F or 200C. This process releases one of the Oxygen molecules.
- 1 bar of Soap – You can use soaps marked as Laundry Soap, Ivory, or Dr. Bronners.
- 1 Cup of Borax
- 1 Cup of Laundry Soda
Now, just shave the soap and blend all three items together until they are uniform. You can blend it for 5 minutes using a Kitchenaid Mixer. I used my Magic Bullet, but don’t recommend it, since you may burn out your motor.
You only need to use 1 tablespoon of this product for a regular load of laundry. You can also skip the fabric softener sheets by adding a crumpled ball of aluminum foil to your dryer when you throw the wet clothes in.
This is economical and better for the environment since you will be reusing the laundry containers and reducing the number of chemicals to process your clothes. Mother Earth thanks you.
If you are having a hard time finding the ingredients in your town, I’ve created a link to the ingredients listed in this blog page to my curated Amazon store, so that they can be delivered to you.