Making your own laundry detergent is not only an economical choice but also a sound environmental decision. Homemade laundry detergent is cheaper than commercial detergents and requires natural ingredients that will not pollute your home or the environmental. Since you choose what ingredients to use, you can add specific items to the homemade laundry detergent that keeps whites white.
Just about any brand of white bar soap that does not feature a heavily perfumed scent will work. Grate the bar soap by grasping it with one hand and holding a cheese grater under the soap with the other hand. While holding the soap over top a plastic container, place the bar of soap on top of the cheese grater and move it in a steady, back-and-forth motion. Keep your fingers and hands away from the cheese grater teeth as they will cut and scratch your skin. Continue in this manner until you have finely grated the bar of soap.
Not to be confused with baking soda, washing soda contains sodium carbonate and is a common ingredient in soap powders. Furthermore, you can use washing soda in various non-toxic homemade cleaners. Add 1 cup of washing soda to the grated bar soap and stir thoroughly with a long-handled spoon.
Used in many green cleaning recipes, borax contains sodium borate and is available in the laundry section of department stores. Commonly used as a laundry booster in commercial detergents, borax will cleanse your clothing and help brighten your whites. Add 1 cup of borax to the bar soap and washing soda mixture. Stir the contents together with a spoon.
Safer than chlorine bleach, oxygen bleach kills fungus -- such as mold and mildew -- and will help remove difficult stains from clothing. Oxygen bleach is not a required ingredient in homemade laundry detergent recipes but it will help keep your whites white and will not discolor colored clothing. Add 1/2 cup of oxygen bleach to the powdered mixture and stir thoroughly with a whisk.
Store the homemade laundry detergent in an airtight container with a lid. Use 2 tbsp. of the powdered mixture per full load of laundry. Make large batches of the detergent at a time by doubling the recipe. Adding a few drops of essential oils -- such as lavender or lemon -- will give the homemade detergent a light, pleasant scent that will transfer to the clothing during the wash.
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