We know that a big part of “eating clean” means keeping potentially harmful chemicals out of our bodies. So isn’t it weird that the stuff that we use to literally clean the homes and clothes that we live in can be so full of nothing but chemicals?
That’s why we asked Audrey Smit of This Little Street to share her eco-friendly homemade laundry detergent recipe. With holiday hosting season around the corner, it’s time to start cleaning-up.
“I used to not think very much of laundry soap before. But since having my little girls, that all changed. I love making my own laundry detergent because it is so affordable, it’s eco-friendly and washes dirty clothes like a charm.” – Audrey Smit
Homemade Laundry Detergent
1 bar all-natural castile soap
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
30 – 40 drops essential oil of your choice – get creative! Lavender, grapefruit, juniper berry, or sandalwood are just a few ideas.
1. Grate your bar of soap.
2. Bring 2 quarts (about 8 cupes) of water to boil, add the grated soap and stir until all dissolved in the water.
3. Once the soap is all melted, reduce heat way down and slowly add the washing soda first, then the borax.
4. Fill a 5-gallon bucket with 4.5 gallons of hot tap water. Carefully add your soap mixture to your bucket.
5. If you wish, add essential oils at this point – you can skip if you want your detergent to be odor-free.
6. Cover and let the mixture sit overnight.
7. After sitting overnight, your mixture will become a gel-like goop – it’s perfectly normal! Transfer the liquid to any empty bottle/container so that it is easy to use on a daily basis.
8. Shake the bottle before each load. Use ¾ to 1 cup of liquid per load.