Clean, fresh clothes are important to our personal hygiene but using the conventional laundry detergent to wash your clothes may actually be doing more harm than good. In most places, detergents are not required to list their ingredients on the bottle and are often filled with nasty things like phenols, optical brighteners, bleach, surfactants, artificial fragrances – toxic chemicals that are then in constant contact with our skin and absorbed directly into our body. Yikes.
Like many mamas out there, I see my fair share of laundry throughout the week and for the past few years I have been using Seventh Generation’s plant-based free & clear detergent in the compostable container. It’s worked really well for us and I have been perfectly happy using it. However, I already had all the ingredients to try a homemade recipe and decided to give it a shot anyways.
I did some research on different mixtures and recipes and this one seems to be deemed the “original” recipe of homemade laundry detergents. It’s really quite easy and just takes a few minutes of your time to put everything together! The great thing about this all-natural recipe is it contains zero phosphates and zero fillers and the all-natural recipe is perfect for babies and people with sensitive skin.
- 1 bar (or 4.5 ounces) of shaved bar soap (I used a Dove non-fragrant, hypo-allergenic bar)
- 1 cup of Borax
- 1 cup of Washing Soda
- Cheese grater
- Glass jar with lid
- Shave one 4.5 oz bar of soap with a cheese grater
- Add 1 cup of Borax and 1 cup of washing soda all together
- Thoroughly stir together and store in an air-tight jar or container until ready to use
- Use 1 tbsp per load (try 2-3 tbsp for large or really dirty loads)
- NOTE: You can add 1/2-cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle to act as a natural fabric softener. Not only does vinegar disinfect equally as well as nasty Clorox, but it dissolves mineral deposits in hard water, and removes any soap residue on the clothing.
If you give this a try, let me know how this recipe works for you! Do you have a detergent recipe that is your favorite? I’d love to hear your thoughts below…