I love clean smelling laundry, but when my skin started over reacting to something years ago, I decided it was time to go with unscented and undyed. Since then, my go to is Arm and Hammer and I've been using scent free and dye free for years. My overall goal is to be as chemical free as possible, so why shouldn't that include my laundry detergent?
I also am super cheap and usually the scent free and dye free are cheaper than the top, strongly scented name brands. To add a scent, I use essential oils. Lemongrass has long been my laundry favorite, but I also love lavender, and orange scents.
If you want to try to make your own detergent at home this how to is for you! It is simple and lasts forever! You don't have to add a scent, but it is a fun treat!
Liquid Laundry Detergent
- 1 Saucepan medium sized
- cheese grater or sharp knife
- 1 bar castille soap Dr. Bronners 5 oz bar
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup super washing soda
- 30 drops essential oil optional (orange, lemongrass. or lavender)
- 32 cups more water or 2 gallons
- Shred the bar of castile soap using a cheese grater or chop it finely with a knife. I prefer using a sharp knife as I find it faster, but you'll want to make sure to chop them into very small pieces.
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the finely chopped castile soap with the 2 cups of water. Try to get all the lumps melted. Stir frequently.
- In the meantime, fill a container (or 5 gallon bucket) with 2 gallons of water (32 cups).
- Add 30 drops of essential oil to the 2 gallons of water.
- Remove the melted soap and water from the heat and add the borax and super washing soda. Mix well.
- Add the soap mix to the 2 gallons of water and mix well again. Depending on the container you use, you may want to add more water to fill the container.
- Let sit overnight and stir to remove any clumps that may have formed.
- Stir when needed and use ½ cup per load. This should last quite a while if stored in an airtight container.