I have a daughter that has very sensitive skin and would break out with a ton of different laundry soaps. It is so bad that whenever we travel and have to stay at a hotel I have to completely strip the bedding and use our own towels because she will break out in hives if her skin comes in contact with a lot of the detergents that they use! I started buying her the Free and Clear brands of laundry soap and she seemed to be fine with those but it was costing me a small fortune even with coupons and sales to buy the laundry soap. Then, I read an article about what was really in the laundry soaps at the stores and what they do to your body and decided I absolutely had to come up with an alternative for a DIY non-toxic Laundry Detergent.
About 6 months ago, I started making our own laundry soap and if anything have noticed our clothing being cleaner than before with the store bought soap! I tried several different recipes on making this from various sites and finally found one that was the closest to what I wanted but then I had to tweek the ingredients. I like to have bubbles in my washing machine as a way that I know the soap is there (I’m kinda weird like that 🙂 )
To make the laundry soap you only need 3 ingredients so it is very simple and it is very cheap to make! I will include links to buy all your ingredients online or you can look for them at your local store!
DIY Non-Toxic Laundry Detergent
- 3 tablespoons Borax
- 3 tablespoons Washing Soda
- 3 tablespoons Dawn Dish Soap (Blue)
- Gallon Jug or Bucket
|On the stove get 4 cups of water and bring to a boil|
|Take a gallon bucket (I use a large ice cream bucket) and fill about 1/4 full of cold water|
|Mix in your borax, washing soda, and dish soap in the cold water and stir|
|Add in your 4 cups of HOT water into the bucket with the other water and ingredients and then fill the bucket the rest of the way with cold water.|
|Stir up until dissolved (it only takes a second) Then you are ready to use!|
|For a large size load I use about 1 cup of detergent.|
WHERE TO BUY:
Dawn Original Dish Soap-9.99 for a 2 pack from Amazon!
Mule Team Borax and Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda Variety Pack– $19.44 from Amazon!
Have a Great Day!