Because of concerns over toxicity, I ditched regular laundry detergent a couple years ago and opted for a safer and healthier alternative….soap nuts. Now, let me say that I really do like soap nuts a lot. For our family, they work well. But I had one concern about continuing to use soap nuts.
Unfortunately, as great as soap nuts are for us, they have to be imported….from the Himalayan mountains. Definitely not so local, and not so convenient to have to order these online when running low. So I wondered if there was some way to bring my laundry detergent back to the US and not have to worry about ordering them.
So I looked online for a good recipe. Actually, I found a recipe on DIY Natural, but I’ve altered mine a little bit, but check out their site! They’ve got some great info there….and they were the inspiration for my recipe!
This recipe will make enough for 32-64 loads, depending on how many tablespoons of the detergent you use.
It is safe to use with HE Machines.
I love to make several batches of this at the same time because it lasts a really long time that way. All of the ingredients for this can be found at many local grocery stores. Washing soda can usually be found in the laundry aisle. Many grocery stores carry Castille soap like Dr. Bronners….but if cost is an issue, you can also use Fels Naptha soap (found in the laundry aisle) or even Ivory.
The best part about this detergent recipe is that it is incredibly inexpensive! Literally pennies per load….and even less expensive that soap nuts, which are cheaper than conventional detergent.
- 1½ cups Borax (NOT boric acid....different thing completely!)
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1 cup grated Castille bar soap (great way to add some scent!)
- Mix all ingredients in a lidded container.
- Use 1 tbsp for a regular load and 2 tbsp for a heavily soiled load.