Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

Recipes for Homemade Detergent and Bleach

January 29, 2019

This year, I started making my own laundry detergent. It’s less irritating on my skin—and works as well as any commercial detergent for a fraction of the cost. Here’s the simple recipe.

“After the ecstasy, the laundry.”  I’d say that famous Zen saying also holds for agony. Yes, the laundry always awaits!   Ecstasy or agony, laundry serves as a metaphor for everything about daily living that demands attention.

Homemade detergent

For years, I had made homemade detergent out of borax, washing soda, and grated hard soap.  However, after a while, I found that the borax was irritating to my skin. 

Here’s my recipe. Toss these ingredients individually right onto the clothes you are about to wash:

  • A good squirt of liquid Castile soap (three or four tablespoons).
  • Half a cup of baking soda (light load) or washing soda (more alkaline, better at lifting grease/oils from heavy work clothes). Use protective kitchen gloves if you need to break up clumps of washing soda, which can be slightly irritating.
  • A handful of plain salt (I use non-iodized kosher from a big box; brightens colors, helps remove stains).

Works as well as any detergent I’ve used. Give it a try yourself!

Homemade (non-chlorinated) oxygen stain remover.

If you need an oxygen bleach, I have a recipe that’s  a cinch to make. It not only works well on most fabric stains, but you can also use it to clean just about everything–even as a gentle disinfecting wash for fruits and vegetables.

Here’s how I make it:

  • Mix equal parts of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and baking soda with two parts of hot water and shake well. For deeply set stains, use washing soda in place of baking soda.
  • Funnel the solution into a light-excluding bottle to maintain the stain-fighting strength of the peroxide. That’s it!

Note: This homemade solution doesn’t spray the way commercial liquid oxygen bleaches do, because the baking soda settles. I just shake it well and squirt or sprinkle it onto stains, or add add half a cup to the wash water.

That’s it! 

See more tricks to remove stains from clothes!

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"Living Naturally" is all about living a naturally healthy lifestyle. Margaret Boyles covers health tips, ways to avoid illness, natural remedies, food that's good for body and soul, recipes for homemade beauty products, ideas to make your home a healthy and safe haven, and the latest news on health. Our goal is also to encourage self-sufficiency, whether it's relearning some age-old skills or getting informed on modern improvements that help us live better, healthier lives.