Just as we take care in the food we put inside our bodies, I also feel that it’s very important to feel good about what we’re putting on our bodies. Of course this includes beauty products… but what about the detergent that you use to wash our clothes? Today I have a very simple recipe for a homemade laundry detergent that uses just three ingredients.
1 cup Borax
1 cup washing soda
½ cup grated bar soap (anything natural is great – like Dr. Bronner’s!)
Washing soda and Borax can be found in the laundry section of most grocery stores. Washing soda is made from common salt and limestone, and is also found as deposits in nature. Borax is a mineral that occurs in nature, made up of sodium, boron, oxygen, and water. I just want to note that although it can be found in many natural soaps found on the market, there are still conflicting views as to whether or not it is a safe ingredient. I think it’s best to look around and gather as much information as possible before making a decision. To help you along, there is a post on Crunchy Betty that may offer you some guidance!
You can grate your soap using either a hand grater or a food processor. Once this is done, measure out your ingredients, combine in a large bowl, and mix well. Store in an air-tight container – mason jars work well for this.
Because of the varying sizes of the particles, be sure to shake or mix well before each use! About 1/8 cup to 1/4 cup should be all you need for each load of laundry. :)
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