I never thought I would make my own laundry detergent. After spending the last year making various cleaning and personal products, however, I became more comfortable with the idea. In researching this post, I read through a lot of homemade laundry detergent recipes and tried several. A recipe from My Healthy Green Family emerged as my favorite for three reasons.
First, the ingredients are environmentally friendly. Most DIY laundry detergent recipes call for borax, which I’m not willing to wash down the drain twice a week, or soap like Fels-Naptha, which contains a titanium dioxide that can contaminate lakes and oceans and harm wildlife, according to Livestrong.com.
Second, this recipe uses dry ingredients only. One mixture I tried used dry ingredients and liquids. That chunky detergent worked but had to be broken up before each use which took time I wasn’t willing to spend.
Third, this recipe calls for one to two tablespoons of detergent per load. Other recipes I considered used 1/4 cup or more which could get expensive.
An added bonus was that the ingredients were pretty easy to find. Most grocery and big box stores carry washing soda (near the laundry detergent), baking soda (in the baking aisle) and citric acid (near home canning supplies or vitamins). I used glycerin soap base which is often used for soap making and is very inexpensive, but other types of soap would likely work just as well. I also had dead sea salt on hand from making a scrub, so I used that as my course salt.
Although all of the ingredients are dry, you do need to use a desiccant so the mixture doesn’t clump. I used silica gel packets that were packed into products I had recently bought, like sneakers.
I’ve been using this laundry detergent for a few months now and it’s been working well.