Dirt, dirt, food, poop, artwork, food, poop, dirt, and more dirt! Will the laundry ever end?!?!?! I ask myself this question EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. I have two little boys and a husband that works on a golf course and even when I am superwomen and doing laundry like a pro, I still CANNOT seem to get rid of it for more than an hour. Ever. Seriously. Laundry is just a part of my existence right now. And I’m not sure I can see the end. For a very very long time. Or maybe never. I am destined to be a laundry slave for life. That’s it. I just accepted it. For life. Ok, I’m ok with it. Really I am. I will survive – no I will THRIVE! Laundry does not own me!! I think I’m convincing myself. Yes. I am. I believe it. I WILL survive! I WILL thrive!
Wow. That was intense. But I feel better now.
On that note, as you can see, I do a lot of laundry. And that can get EXPENSIVE. Really expensive. So a while ago, I decided enough was enough and needed to not only get a healthier detergent, I needed to save money. Well the natural ones are not all that cheap and even though there are some great ones out there, I needed to have one that cost less – way less. So making my own happens to be the best, most economical way of doing laundry in my household. And I am very happy with it! I have been making my own for a few years now and will never go back. It saves THAT much money!
And I know that many of you want to be healthier, live more natural, and save money too so I thought I’d share my recipe and encourage you that YOU CAN DO IT!
It can get overwhelming thinking about all the aspects of your diet, living situations, cleaning products, body products etc.. and what the best, most natural, healthy choices are and how to even go about getting your family in a better position, but it IS possible! I’ve taken the stance that if I can change only ONE THING at a time – I am making GREAT progress! In all honesty, my family still uses things that aren’t the best, most safe options. BUT – we are changing one thing at a time and GETTING THERE! You can too! Just take it one thing at a time. That’s it. One thing at a time and make a habit out of it. You will feel so much better and like you are making progress if you give yourself a little grace, and break it all down into baby steps. For more ideas on every day cleaning recipes, check out my page on Home & Cleaning.
As always, if you don’t have time or desire to make your own quite yet – you can purchase ready made products from my store Wood River Naturals.
So, what kind of ingredients do we need for a laundry soap? Only a few! Here are the supplies and below in an outline of why I use each one.
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*This recipe is intended for personal use only. All posts and recipes on kiragray.org are copyright and may not be shared, duplicated, or used to sell products. Please enjoy respectfully!
Gather Your Supplies
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- Food Scale
- Cheese Grater
- Food Processor
- Large Mixing Bowl
- Glass Canning Jar (to store final product) *you can get this in your local grocery store
- 16 oz Washing Soda (2 cups) *you can get this in your local grocery store
- 8 oz Borax (1 cup) *you can get this in your local grocery store
- 8 oz Baking Soda (1 cup) *you can get this in your local grocery store
- 1 Solid Bar of Castile Soap (I use Kirk’s Castile Soap) – Approx 3.5-4 oz
- Essential Oils (Optional) *Use up to 7 ml of any combo. Some of my favorites are: lavender & citrus blends, peppermint, lemon/orange, immunity blends.
NOTE: You will have to excuse my obvious photo edit of adding the borax box below! I order mine in bulk so didn’t have a container to take a picture of and I wanted you to see what it looks like! You understand right… 😉
What the is purpose of each ingredient?
Washing Soda: Breaks up oils and removes residues and stains. Also a water softener. It has a fairly high PH and really helps get those dirty clothes clean!
Baking Soda: Water softener (we have really hard water here), odor remover, helps break up oils. It is also better for delicate clothing so I like to have it in my recipe. Technically, washing soda is stronger and you can omit the baking soda and use extra washing soda if desired.
Borax: Stain remover, helps whiten, removes soap residue, enhances bleach action (if you need to use it).
Castile Soap: This is your base cleaning power! Soap does the obvious, breaks up oils & cleans! The brand I use (Kirk’s Castile Soap) is made from coconut oil which has one of the best cleaning powers to it, and a great lather!
Essential Oils: Can be used as fragrance only, or depending on the oil, used as grease cutters, antibacterial agents and more!
Step 1: Use a cheese grater (hand or food processor) and grate the entire bar of soap. Set aside.
Step 2: Measure out the washing soda, borax, & baking soda. Mix thoroughly in a large mixing bowl.
Step 3: Using a food processor with a metal blade, process the entire bar of soap with about a cup or two of the powdered mixture & all the essential oils. You can use up to 7 ml of essential oils in any combo. Use your favorites! I tend to go lemon/orange and sometimes lavender/peppermint. Be creative! Process until the soap is grated into a fine powder and is incorporated into the other ingredients.
Step 4: Remove from food processor and thoroughly mix with the remaining powdered ingredients in the mixing bowl.
Step 5: Seal in an air tight container and use 1 TBSP per laundry load.
Thanks for reading! Do you make your own laundry detergent? How do you do it? Comment below! I love to hear suggestions and read your comments and it’s always great to learn more for each other!
- 16 oz Washing Soda (approx. 2 cups)
- 8 oz Borax (approx. 1 cup)
- 8 oz Baking Soda (approx. 1 cup)
- 3.5 oz Grated Castile Soap (1 bar)
- 7 ml Essential Oils of Choice (optional)
- Use a cheese grater (hand or food processor) and grate the entire bar of soap. Set aside.
- Measure out the washing soda, borax, & baking soda (measuring by weight is best, but you can use measuring cups too). Mix thoroughly in a large mixing bowl.
- Using a food processor with a metal blade, process the entire bar of soap with about a cup or two of the powdered mixture & all the essential oils. Process until the soap is grated into a fine powder and is incorporated into the other ingredients.
- Remove from food processor and thoroughly mix with the remaining powdered ingredients in the mixing bowl.
- Seal in an air tight container and use 1 TBSP per laundry load.
- A tip on essential oils: Once washed, your clothes will most likely not retain smell of your essential oils. I still like using them for their therapeutic and cleaning purposes but it is totally optional. You can always make unscented and add essential oils to each load as desired.
- *This recipe is intended for personal use only. All posts and recipes on kiragray.org are copyright and may not be shared, duplicated, or used to sell products. Please enjoy respectfully!
- - lemon & orange
- - lavender & citrus oils
- - immunity blends (like "On Guard" by doTerra, "Immune Boom" by Plant Therapy etc..)
- - peppermint & lavender
- Be creative and make your own awesome blends!