One of the best things that I can do for my family is make as much of the products we use from scratch. I try to keep our household as chemical free as possible, that means making my own household cleaners, toothpaste, and deodorant.
There are many reasons why you might want to make your own detergent rather than use store bought kind. Here is a website that outlines the many harmful chemicals found in commercial brands.
I did quite a bit of research again, and found a recipe for homemade natural laundry detergent I liked and that works for me.
Borax: (Sodium tetraborate (a natural mineral)) As a detergent booster, 20 Mule Team® Borax acts by raising pH levels of water closer to neutral. In other words, Borax softens water.
Bar Soap: I use my own homemade soap which you can find here. But you can use any natural soap such as Dr. Bonners, or Ivory. Some people will say to use Naptha soap but the smell is really strong in my opinion and I am not convinced that it is a natural soap.
- Grate your bar soap using a fine grater.
- Measure 2 parts Washing Soda, 2 Parts Borax and 1 Part grated soap and mix together.
- use 1/8 – 1/4 cup per load of laundry. I use a little bit more as I have a large capacity washer.
It’s that simple. I use this in my high efficiency washer with no problems.