Whether you are wanting to save a little cash, love DIY jobs, or simply want a detergent which you can know, I have you covered! I’ve been making my own detergents for many years, and I’ve been shocked to discover how few folks understand that you can. And these aren’t just for”older” model washing machines – these are typically safe for HE washers, also!
I’ve broken up this article into 4 segments, so feel free to skip ahead if you want to know about a particular kind of detergent.
DIY Liquid Detergent
Liquid detergents can be a little easier to measure out, and tend to be less messy. Plus, making it’s a cinch!
– Grate a pub of your favourite soap using either a food processor or cheese grater. You will want it to be thin, so stay away from making it chunky.
– In an old saucepan, slowly heat 2 quarts (that is 8 cups) of water with your grated soap. You’ll want to stir it constantly until your soap is wholly dissolved.
Paint buckets can be great for this! Put 4 1/2 gallons of super hot water, 2 cups of baking or washing soda, and 2 cups of borax. Stir it until everything is dissolved completely.
– Insert the soap mixture into your bucket and – again – stir well.
– Cover your mixture well and let it sit overnight.
Until the mixture is smooth, then put it into separate gallon containers.
Now you have yourself 5 gallons of DIY liquid laundry detergent! This will last you quite some time, also, as you just need to use 1/2 to 1 cup for each load of laundry.
It’s important to notice that based on your washing machine and the sort of water your home uses, you might find that you start getting build up in the machine. If that occurs, there are TONS of ways to get rid of it.
You should also know that using soap as opposed to detergent will provide you varying results. Based on the type of soap you use, you might realize that your clothes do not get as clean as they should. Play around with soaps to find out what works best for you and your clothes.
These can be as simple as powdering your favorite bar of soap in a blender and adding essential oils to it can involve mixing a couple of common household items to produce a potent laundry detergent. In my experience, the latter works better than the prior – though I am a proponent of incorporating in essential oils for a custom scent.
Mix together one 3 lb, 7 oz box of A&H Washing Soda (like baking soda), a 3 lb box of OxyClean, Zote Soap bar x2, plus a 4 pound box of A&H baking soda. If you would like, Scentsy Washer Whiffs are all the rage as of late for adding a wonderful fragrance to your laundry. However, you can always just skip that and add your favorite oils for scent, or bypass adding a fragrance all together!
Grate your soap bars until they are fine, then mix everything together in a large container. Yep! You are all done!
You’ll just have to use about 2 – 4 tablespoons of the mixture per load of laundry, which makes it pretty efficient in terms of price.
It was hard for me to pick this one. There are several great DIY natural detergents on the market, but I had to select one recipe. I decided to go with a blend of essential oils with a little baking soda to get out any stains and lift dirt.
– Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, and Sage can be combined together to make a super-effective detergent. It can be sort of overpowering for some. 1 – 2 drops of each of those oils and 1/2 – 1 cup of baking soda will get the smells and stains out of your clothes, leaving them clean and smelling fresh.
– Orange, grapefruit, and cinnamon oils will give your clothes a deep down clean as well as a spicy citrus scent that will leave you feeling energized (and maybe a bit hungry!) Throughout the day. Again, add just 1 – 2 drops of each oil and 1/2 – 1 cup of baking soda into your load of laundry.
– Cedarwood, rosemary, and lime oils will provide your laundry a distinctive, sweet yet earthy scent that is guaranteed to please. 1 – 2 drops of all them and 1/2 – 1 cup of baking soda will leave your clothes smelling fantastic and looking fantastic!
– As a bonus, I’ll include my”night recipe”, which I really like to use for my kids’ nap time and bedtime clothes and bedding. Lavender oil may be used alone, but I like to combine it with chamomile and ylang-ylang oils for a sweet, meadow smell which helps whisk my children to sleep. Use just 1 drop of each of these oils, and add – you guessed it – 1/2 to 1 cup of baking soda.
DIY on a Dime Detergent
This one is without a doubt one of the best. It will not cost very much at all, and it’s super simple to use. It doesn’t even involve any pre-mixing. It can also be a lifesaver if you are short on cash or time. You likely already have these ingredients!
– After you have added your laundry into the washer, throw in about half a cup of baking soda. Depending upon your washer, there will be either a place for dry detergents or you can just put it directly on top of your laundry. Be certain that you use it accordingly!
– Add about 1/2 – 1 cup of white distilled vinegar in addition to that.
– Start up your own washer!
It really is that simple. It gets your clothes super clean, as the baking soda will bubble stains from clothes and the vinegar will remove smells. And don’t worry – your garments will not smell like vinegar! In actuality, they should not really smell like much whatsoever.
If you want to take up this recipe a notch, you can add your favorite essential oil or oil blends to add a great scent to your clothing.
My favorite recipes for 4 different DIY laundry detergents. I hope that you find them as helpful as I have. They have saved my family and I innumerable money, and it has given us a better understanding of what goes into washing our clothes. (Plus, our kiddos like to help choose the scents!)