Homemade Laundry Detergent

I had been wanting to make my own laundry detergent for a very long time.  Years.  I thought it would be too time consuming, too much work, so I put it off.  I started wanting to make it again & then read a lot of complaints about having to “cook” the soap, so I put it off again.

We bought all our supplies on Sunday.  It is SO EASY to make this detergent!  I don’t know what those people complained about!  They made it seem like cooking the soap was such a hot & labourious chore.  Cooking the soap consists of grating it, adding it to hot tap water in a pot, stirring it until it’s mostly melted, then stirring it over medium-low heat until it melts completely.  Which happens quickly.

I found this recipe on Pinterest but I ended up using The Duggar’s recipe.  It didn’t seem right to use regular soap (body soap) in laundry detergent.  The soap in the Duggar’s recipe is actually laundry soap.  The laundry soap has quite a strong scent.  I’m sensitive to scents.  Just walking past the detergents aisle in any store makes my eyes burn & water, and hurts my nose & lungs.  This soap’s scent didn’t do any of those things but it is a bit strong.  It is still strong after cooking & being mixed in with the other ingredients.  But it’s not bad.  The scent doesn’t linger on my clean clothes.  I was all of essential oils, so I will add a few drops next time (or to the remaining detergent).

No matter how well you mix the detergent, you will get big globs.  Just mix them up as best you can.  The globs come apart easily & will go down the neck of your container with a little jiggle.  But the globs form back up just as quickly!  This is the reason we must shake our laundry container before using the detergent.

This laundry detergent works great!  No one would ever know it was homemade.  My laundry is clean & smells clean (not like detergent).

I just realised that I didn’t dilute the detergent in the detergent container, as suggested by Michelle Dugger.  Hmm. It didn’t affect my laundry.  It rinses cleanly.  I have sensitive skin, very sensitive, and have not had any itching or rashes so it must not be too strong, or lingering in my clothes.

No matter what kind of detergent you use & no matter what kind of machine you have, you NEVER need to use more than 3 tablespoons of detergent.  Trust me.  The majority of Mr. Fix-It’s jobs are washing machines.  The majority of problems with washing machines (and even dryers!) are caused by using too much detergent.  If your clothes are super duty, wash them in a longer wash cycle.

This recipe is soooo cheap & makes a huge quantity!  It costs about $10 for the supplies. The big container of ECOS (about $12 at CostCo) usually lasts us 6 months.  Sometimes longer.  I can fill 2 of those containers.  Undiluted, even!  Plus I have leftover supplies (except for the bar of laundry soap) & can make detergent for years to come!

I am very happy with this detergent & I have been kicking myself for not making it sooner.

Next up, peaches & cream muffins…which are cooling right now 🙂

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