How to Make Your Own Homemade Laundry Detergent Without Borax
Making your own laundry detergent is liberating! It’s fun, easy and better for your clothes. Normal laundry detergent is full of chemicals that get washed into our water’s ecosystem and then ingested by all the animals living in that water. There are millions of animals being affected by this every day!
The recipe for making your own homemade laundry detergent without borax!
The recipe is so simple you’ll laugh!
- 1 cup of Baking Soda
- 1 cup Distilled White Vinegar
That’s it! Absolutely nothing else!
You wash your clothes with the baking soda and then again with the vinegar. It’s better for your whites! And it’s definitely better for your skin when compared to bleach or chemicals! It’s so easy!!!! You don’t have to shop for obscure ingredients like borax or zote, whatever those are.
How to make your own dry laundry detergent soap:
For someone who does two loads of laundry a week, this should last him/her a couple months. That’s it. That is how you make your own laundry detergent and for A LOT cheaper than what you might spend on normal laundry detergent. If you really want to make a heavy duty homemade laundry detergent without borax here is a recipe that works super nicely.
- 1 cup or 1 bar of Castile Soap (whichever scent you love here on amazon, if you get the bar you have to grate it which is messy so we recommend the liquid version with the recipe below for easy sakes)
- 30 drops or as many drops of essential oil as you want (30 is what is recommend but 500 drops is the norm for most herbal crazed enthusiast, just pour it all in there!)
- ½ cup or 1 cup baking soda (get it here on amazon)
- ½ cup salt, kosher, himalayan, bath salts, coarse sea salt, whichever you have around, any will do.
- 1 cup of water or washing soda
- ½ cup of citric acid (pick some out on amazon here)
Mix everything together and just like that you have your very own homemade laundry detergent without borax.
How to make your own liquid laundry detergent soap:
If you’re like me and feel weird putting dry laundry detergent in with your clothes you can easily take this same recipe above and make it a homemade liquid laundry detergent.
Take 14 cups of really hot water and mix half of the Baking Soda and half of the Salt into the water. Once it’s clear then add the rest of the dry ingredients until it’s clear. Finally, add the castille soap and that’s it!!!
How to store your homemade laundry detergent:
Store it in a gallon size air tight container. Here are some examples of airtight containers. If you make the liquid soap, do not use a milk jug! It’s too flimsy, you need a sturdy jug. Feel free to use an old commercial liquid laundry detergent jug.
How much to use:
Use ½-1 Cup of the homemade laundry detergent per wash. Use 1 Tbs or 3 Tbs’s per wash. Depending on how dirty your clothes. If you just went camping 3 Tablespoons is probably a good idea.
Why It’s So Important to Make Your Own Laundry Detergent!
Our commercial brand laundry detergent is polluting the ocean water! It’s true!
Side environmental tangent: The fashion industry is one of, if not the largest contributor to pollution of our natural resources. The laundry detergent we put into our water is one reason for it. The synthetic dyes we use to color our clothing also pollutes water sources. The rivers in India are colored whatever is in season that year because there is so much dye running through it. If red is the in-color that year, their river runs red, if it’s blue, the river is bright blue and the livestock they eat is drinking it! Let’s talk about Polyester, the most used fabric and it’s plastic. Every time you wash your clothes, little particles of your clothes fall off and into the water. This builds up over time and again, is ingested by aqua marine mammals swimming in it. We consume so many new clothes and never recycle or shop at the thrift store. We wear our clothes once and then get brand new outfits. How about wearing your clothes for 9 months instead of once? How about wearing these for a couple years and saving some sea animals and creatures?
Can’t really blame you or us as consumers for the environmental impact the clothing industry has on our mother nature. It’s actually the corporation’s fault for not, reusing throw away clothing to make their new clothing line. It’s their fault for providing us with so many new clothing options in the first place. If we lived in a world where they recycles even 50% of their clothing material, can you imagine what kind of impact that might have on our natural resources? It would be massive!!!
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