I’ve been making my own laundry detergent for a few months now, but this past weekend it was time to restock so I thought it may be a good time to share the process with all of you. With the start of the new year I began reevaluating how to make my life less wasteful financially and more environmentally sustainable. One of the first practical ideas that surfaced in my research was homemade cleaning products. I have not done a personal cost comparison on homemade laundry detergent vs store bought but many people have, and they have found the the homemade type comes out to pennies per load and beats the store bought type hands down. In terms of environmental sustainability, knowing what is in your detergent is not unlike knowing what is in your food. When you make it at home you can rest 100% assured of what products you are interacting with on a daily basis. However, when you buy it in a store you are at the mercy of manufacturers who are, quite honestly, only out to make a buck regardless of whether your clothes get clean or our water supply stays unpolluted. This homemade laundry detergent recipe only uses simple, environmentally friendly, ingredients and its easy on your clothes, gets them clean, and doesn’t contain any harsh skin irritants or allergens. It takes all of about 5 minutes to make and it lasts a long time. If you are interested in trying to make small manageable steps towards environmental sustainability and saving money I highly recommend this as a starting point.
Homemade Laundry Detergent:
1 Cup of Borax (Find in the laundry Aisle of your Grocery Store)
1 Grated Bar of Ivory Soap