I have been really enjoying the original homemade laundry detergent recipe. Have you tried it? The only reason why I decided to find another recipe is because I ran out of washing soda. For some reason it is difficult to find washing soda in my town. The closest store that sells it is an hour away. I did find out I can purchase washing soda online at Ace Hardware and have it delivered to my local store. Unfortunately they are out of it online so I couldn’t get any this time around and I am out of laundry detergent. Who would of thought I need to stock up on washing soda.
I decided that I probably have enough ingredients in the house to make some other kind of detergent. I did a quick Google search for homemade laundry detergent that brought me to one of my favorite blogs. Lindsay over at Passionate Homemaking offers a recipe using Dr. Bronner’s castile soap, which I just happen to have. The other three ingredients are baking soda (or the washing soda that I don’t have), salt and water. Since this recipe calls for either baking soda or washing soda, I wonder if I could use baking soda in my other recipe…hmmm?
I was able to quickly whip up a gallon of laundry detergent and yes it’s liquid this time. Infact, it’s mostly water. This is going to take some getting used to but for now it will do. I was able to wash a few loads today with it and so far so good. It’s not likely I will continue to make this recipe. I like the other recipe better. Although, I do like how easy it was to make. I didn’t have to grate or grind anything. Hmmm, saving time might be enough to make me switch. I will have to test this recipe a little more and see if I am willing to make the switch.
The New Homemade Laundry Detergent
1 cup castile liquid soap ( I used Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Pure-Castile Soap, 18-in-1 Hemp Unscented Baby Mild but scented soap might be more appealing for laundry detergent)
2 cups warm water
1/3 cup salt
1 cup baking soda or washing soda
You will also need a one gallon container. I used the same one gallon glass container I used for the old recipe.
Here is a picture of my gallon container with the new detergent in it. She’s not pretty and she won’t win any beauty contests but she’s useful. Why am I referring to my laundry detergent as a she?
Mix warm water with salt and baking soda until almost dissolved. Add liquid soap and then fill the rest of the container with water. Lindsay suggests using 1/4-1/2 cup of detergent per load.
Don’t forget you can add distilled vinegar to your rinse cycle as a fabric softener.
If you decide to try this recipe, please let me know how it goes :).