For years I have been talking about making our own laundry detergent, but I’ve always made one excuse or another as to why I shouldn’t. But last week, I finally did it! And I’m pretty impressed with the results I’m seeing so far!
I made 1 gallon up this time because it’s what I had jars for, but the recipe could easily be doubled. I bought most of my supplies, except the essential oils, from jet.com!
- 2 gallon bucket
- 1/4 Cup Baking Soda
- 1/4 Cup Super Washing Soda
- 1/2 Cup Castile Soap
- 15 drops of your favorite essential oil(s) (I used Joy and Orange)
- Large spoon and a whisk
- Container(s) for storage
Measure out 1/4 cup of baking soda. Pour it into your bucket. Measure out 1/4 cup of super washing soda. Pour it into your bucket.
Add just enough hot tap water to cover the baking soda and super washing soda mixture. Mix until completely dissolved. I use a whisk to be sure the mix doesn’t clump!
Fill your 2 gallon bucket up HALF WAY with hot tap water. (Remember, this recipe could easily be doubled if you have the jars to do so. I didn’t, so I made ONE GALLON.) Just eye ball the half way mark. A little more or a little less water is alright!
Measure out and add 1/2 cup castile soap. Make sure you do this AFTER you add your water! Otherwise, you’ll have bubbles galore! (Ask me how I know.Whoops!!)
(I had a little helper. How could I tell his sweet little self no?)
Add in your favorite essential oil(s)! This time I chose 8 drops of Joy and 7 drops of Orange. They smell so bright and fresh! You could choose any single oil or combination of oils you wanted! For 1 gallon I recommend 15 drops, for 2 gallons- 30 drops.
Using your large spoon, stir together all of the ingredients.
Carefully pour your detergent into your container(s). I used a ladle, but if your jars are skinny enough you can use a funnel instead. (Or if your funnel is large enough!)
Seal, label and store! Easy as that!
How to Use:
Before each use, I shake my container a bit because I’ve noticed the contents sometimes settle to the bottom. Then I pour 1/2 cup of detergent in normal wash loads. If the boys have been out playing in the mud, or Ben’s work clothes are extra dirty, I’ll bump it up to 3/4 cup.
Tip for extra clean smelling clothes:
- I add 1 drop of Purification to every wash load! My laundry has never smelled better!
Tip for removing chemical-laden Fabric Softener from your life:
- Replace it with white vinegar! Not only does vinegar help combat any lingering odors in the laundry and the washer, it makes my clothes feel soft, too!
The big question: Is this DIY Liquid Laundry Detergent more price efficient than store bought Liquid Laundry Detergent?
For me, YES! The brand I was purchasing cost me $7 for just better than 1 gallon. This DIY recipe costs me $3.50 (with the essential oils included!) for 1 gallon! Is the cost up front greater? Sure, but in the long run this laundry detergent is SO MUCH CHEAPER. Plus- all of the ingredients can be used for so much more than laundry detergent!
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Have a great weekend, friends!