Feb 2, 2013

Best All natural detergent {Baby Steps to Healthy Living Part 3}

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Have you been searching for a natural laundry detergent that will effectively clean your clothes but eliminate the use of harsh chemicals?

This simple formula will accomplish both.  Oh yeah, and it's super frugal.  Yay.

If you missed other posts in the series~ Baby Steps to Healthy & Frugal Living then click HERE.

I'm tickled to report that after many failed attempts, I've put together an effective, easy and frugal homemade laundry detergent that I ADORE. I think u will too.


Did you notice that I said adore?  I know it is weird to place the words 'laundry detergent' and 'adore' in the same sentence.  Let me explain:

I didn't think I was asking for much by wanting the clothes to be especially clean without any stink left over.  That was my biggest gripe in the past with homemade detergents.   Not cool.

Since I am not one to give up easily, I tried just one more time = Success

So why do I adore it?  My main goals were to have super clean clothes, no stains and save money.

Guess what?

My new formula accomplishes all that plus it smells sooo fresh.  Every time I open the jar to add it to the washing machine, the smell makes me smile.  I know, my life is too exciting  ;)

On to the recipe...


3 teaspoons of Baking Soda

1 bar of Ivory Bar Soap

2 1/2 Cups Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (not baking soda)

1 1/2 Cups Borax ( borax is a boron compound & naturally occuring mineral)

To begin, you will grate the entire bar of soap (pretend like it is a block of cheese). Place the grated soap in your mixer. Add 3 teaspoons of baking soda to mixer. Add 1/2 cup of the washing powder to the mixer. Pulse the mixer until the shreds of soap look like powder. Combine these ingredients with the remainder of washing soda and add borax. Mix very well.  I store mine in a mason jar with lid.

Drop one heaping Tablespoon of detergent into water to dissolve and slosh around before throwing in your stinky clothes.  That's all there is to it.

So who's going to try it first?   Let me know in the comments below.


Arica said...

Oh, how I miss making my own detergent.. But, I can no longer do that for my husband clothes they are just to far gone for the homemade detergent.. also, a side note you can add fragrance to it..

Shan Walker said...

The detergents I tried in the past didn't cut it for my boy's stink either but I this formula works! I know you can add essential oils but not only did I not want to spend more and I ADORE the fresh smell this has all by itself. ;)