My first time making my own laundry detergent was four years ago. I made a liquid version, and I hated it. Once I ran out, I switched to making this powder detergent. It is more convenient and has worked effectively for me ever since. I’ve used homemade laundry detergent in many different washing machines – top loading, front loading, high efficiency, old school – without issue.
1 bar of soap
1 c washing soda (not baking soda)
½ c borax
lemon essential oil (optional)
Grate the bar of soap. You may need to chop it up further depending on the size of shreds your grater makes.
Pour all ingredients into a container and mix.
Use 1-2 tbsp per load depending on size
plain ol’ white vinegar
Pour into the “fabric softener” section of the washing machine to the full line.
Vinegar works as a fabric softener as well as eliminating static. I use vinegar in the washing machine in conjunction with dryer balls in the dryer to additionally soften laundry and remove static build up. Vinegar is also supposed to prevent fading and neutralize bad smells.
Oh, and to top it all off, all these ingredients are so cheap. My favourite.
What’s your laundry regimen look like?