Here’s an easy recipe that will save you money and help rid your home of some of the toxic chemicals that bombard our families on a daily basis. How’s that for multi-tasking?!
You only need 5 ingredients: soap, baking soda, washing soda, epsom salt, and regular salt.
Epsom salt: A natural surfactant; it lowers the surface tension of the water. This allows the clothes to become wet more quickly and the soil to be loosened and removed more easily. Surfactants also act to emulsify oily soils and keep them suspended so they don’t settle back on the fabric.
Homemade Laundry Detergent
1 cup baking soda
2 cups Arm & Hammer washing soda
1 cup Epsom salt
¼ cup salt
20 – 30 drops of essential oil (optional, but I use a combination of lemon and peppermint oils)
- Using a knife and cutting board, chop the soap into small chunks. Place chunks in food processor and process until you have a fine powder. (Depending on the size of your processor, this may take several run throughs.)
- Combine soap and remaining ingredients in an airtight container.
- Use 1 – 2 Tablespoons for regular sized loads and 2 – 3 Tablespoons for larger loads.
Tips and notes:
If you don’t have a food processor, a cheese grater can be used. I prefer the fine powder that I get from the processing, but it isn’t absolutely necessary.
Feel free to adjust amounts of the ingredients to find the perfect combination for your laundry needs.
I’ve made the detergent without the soap once in a pinch and still got satisfactory results.
Most, if not all, of the ingredients needed can be found at your local discount or health food store, but if you can’t find them or prefer shopping online simply click on the images of the ingredients or the hyperlinks above.
Check out these awesome “green” stain removal ideas: Natural Laundry Stain Removals
FYI: This post does contain affiliate links. Purchasing products through these links will incur no extra charge for you, but does help keep the “coffee brewing” on this site! You can read more about this in our Affiliate Disclosure.
Shared with: Mamas Blog Central, Serving Joyfully, Tuesdays with a Twist, Teach Me Tuesday, Saving 4 Six, Strangers and Pilgrims, The Modest Mom, 3 GLOL, Cornerstone Confessions, The Princess and Her Cowboys, Create with Joy, Oh My Heartsie Girl, and Hip Homeschool Moms