My FAVORITE Natural Homemade Laundry Detergent, Dryer Sheets & How to Clean Your Laundry Machine 🙂
I wish I could take credit for this recipe, but I can not. So to whoever developed this—THANK YOU! I do laundry for myself and my boyfriend- approx. 5 loads a week, and the single batch I made will probably last 1.5 years. Not having to buy laundry detergent once a month is awesome.
Here is the recipe:
1 Box Washing Soda
4 lbs Baking Soda
1 Lg Tub of oxygenated Bleach (6 lbs)
3 Bars of Dr. Bronners Soap (I used Lavender)
15-30 drops Essential Oil
1) Grate the Soap 2) Add all ingredients to a big tub 3) Thoroughly mix & Store in desired Container
For HE Washers : 1 tbsp for regular laundry
For Non HE Washers: 2 tbsp for regular laundry
I store mine in this cute glass container in our utility closet (We live in a city condo and are cramped on space). I was a little worried switching to powder, but I actually love it- it’s so much cleaner, and there are no drips or sticky caps!
Does it work? Yes. Our clothes come out clean (I do pre-treat stains when I notice them) and they smell clean. Even our sweaty workout clothes from hot yoga and soccer smell great. It takes about 30-45 minutes to make- I personally am a very slow soap grater, so you may be able to knock out the recipe in <30 minutes.
I use unbleached coffee filters and spray them with a vinegar/H20/Lavender mix. I lay them all on my countertop, drench them, let them dry & store them in a glass container. I throw 1 in each cycle. I’m not sure if these do anything- my clothes smell nice, but it may be from my detergent? However, it’s a great way to use up coffee filters if you have switched to a French Press or other Coffee Machine.
Do you ever clean the machine that is cleaning all of your dirty clothes?
Something to Consider. Sometimes we forget to clean our dishwasher & laundry machine, even though dirty things can build up in there Try this solution every couple months….
Throw in 1/2 C Baking Soda & 2 C. White Vinegar.
Use the warmest setting & add the mixture as the water fills.