I don’t like buying store bought products that I can recreate at home. The homemade version many times works just as well, or better, than its commercial cousin and eliminates trash. As an example, for the past few years, I have completely replaced store-bought commercial cleaners with a 50/50 solution of water and vinegar. It works great on all kitchen and bathroom surfaces and windows. Plus, it’s anti-bacterial, but works by denaturing, or unravelling, the bacterial proteins so it doesn’t lead to resistant strains of bacteria…
Since I got my all-purpose cleaner covered, I did some research on laundry detergents and tried a couple of different recipes. They worked well, but required grating soap and, even though I like to do my part for the environment and my family’s health, I still enjoy convenience. I found a great recipe on New Nostalgia for liquid soap and just changed it slightly to make measuring easier (again, there is the convenience factor).
To an empty one-gallon jug (yes, you just saved that one from the landfills too) add:
- 1/4 cup borax,
- 1/4 cup washing soda and
- 1/4 cup liquid dish soap (I like to use all natural soap to keep with the theme, but you don’t have to)
- optional: Essential oils. For example, I added about 1/4 cup of eucalyptus oil since it kills dust mites.
Then, carefully pour 4 cups hot water into the jug and swish around. Once the bubbles have somewhat settled, add enough cold water to fill the jug. Obviously, the bubbles might get overzealous, and you have to give the solution some time now and then to let them subside, but that’s all there is to it. The original recipe calls for 1/2 to 1 cup of detergent per load of laundry, but since I slightly increased the concentration of the ingredients in the recipe, I stick to 1/2 cup per load. I have used it now for weeks and seriously don’t see a difference to commercial laundry detergent.
Easy to make, easy on your wallet, easy on your laundry and easy on the environment. Sounds like a win/win/win/win to me….
Give it a try and let me know what you think!