Eco Tutorial: Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

Tutorial submitted by winkydinks
I came across these recipes on diaperswappers, in the Green Families Forum. The author (Melissa) also has a shop here on Etsy!Sew Fine Baby Boutique. There are lots of tips/advice within the thread if you want more information:
Super Gentle Homemade Laundry Soap

1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
1 bar Kirks Castile Soap

1. Slice soap into strips/chunks and run through food processor to make “soap beads”. (Do NOT use your blender, you’ll break it!)

2. Combine soap beads, Borax, and washing soda.
3. If desired, add 20+ drops of essential oil and stir with a fork to evenly distribute.

4. Store in a covered container. (I use an old OxiClean tub)
5. Use 1-2 tablespoon for small loads, 3-4 tablespoons for large loads.
(more or less depending on your water quality) Works well with any temperature water.
Another option:
Homemade Diaper Detergent

1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
1 cup Oxyclean Free

Combine all ingredients.

use 2 tablespoons for a small load, 1/4 cup for a large load.
(again, more or less depending on your water quality)

This is a two-part series!  Visit on Sunday for the Eco Tip of the Week.  winkydinks will be sharing more tips on how to green your laundry!

This post was written by

Kate @ KnitStorm – who has written posts on Eco Etsy.