hippie life :: homemade laundry detergent

Let’s not kid ourselves, laundry detergent is expensive, and full of a bunch a nasty stuff, lots of chemicals and fragrances.  My skin is really sensitive to all those perfumes so I’ve been using free and clear for a while now, but I wanted to find a cheaper and more natural version.

You probably don’t have these things lying around the house but they are just a grocery store’s trip away, and I bet you didn’t even know they were on the shelves.

2 cups Borax (about $4 for a whole box)
2 cups Washing Soda (about $4 for a whole box)
1 cup natural bar soap, grated (about 1 bar)

1. Grate the bar soap with a cheese grater.
2. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
3. Store it in an airtight container.

Use 1/8 to 1/4 of a cup per load depending on the size or dirtiness. It’s so simple and works really well.

Also, if you are noticing your clothes are full of static, you can just add about 1/4 cup of plain ole white vinegar into the laundry load in place of using a dryer sheet.  The sour scent of the vinegar goes away through the wash cycle.  It’s like magic.

Once you buy the ingredients, you can make a lot of detergent, and it goes a long way.  I’m probably spending less than half of what I normally would.  It just makes sense, right?


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