A few posts back, I talked about switching my families personal and home care products over to all natural + organic or homemade products. The initial desire to switch started while I was pregnant and only manifested once Elias was born. I'm now more aware of what I put on my skin and body and have been on a mission to create a clean, chemical free home. The process has been educational, sometimes frustrating, but also, really fun.
Today I'm sharing with you the fun part of this transition- making stuff! I've always been a crafter + maker at heart, but the thought of making something that benefits my family makes me especially giddy.
So here's my recipe for your very own 3 ingredient homemade laundry detergent.
Here's what you'll need:
- 2 bars Dr. Bronner's Castille Soap (I used Almond, but you can choose whatever scent you prefer)
- 8 cups Baking Soda
- 6 cups Washing Soda
- Medium size bowl
- Large glass jar with lid
Directions: Grate your bars of soap into a medium sized bowl. Measure out your baking soda + washing soda. Combine ingredients into a large jar. Stir ingredients with a spoon. Put the lid on and ta-da! It's that easy! And it smells ah-maze-ing. I recommend using 2-4 tablespoons per load, depending on the size.
A few tips + notes: Grating the bars of soap can make a mess. I suggest putting newspaper under the bowl to make clean up a little easier. This will also save you from wasting any of the shavings. Also, if you aren't sure where to find the ingredients for this recipe, try your local grocery store. I found washing soda in the laundry aisle and baking soda with baking supplies. Whole Foods, Rainbow Blossom and Target carry Dr. Bronner's products. But if you're wanting more options when it comes to scents, try Whole Foods + Rainbow Blossom. You'll find they have a wider selection than Target, and believe it or not, they're prices are a lot friendlier too.
I'm interested in making stain remover next. Have any of you all ever made your own? What about liquid laundry detergent? Do you have a recipe you think I'd like? Share them below!