So lets talk laundry detergent… I don’t know about your house, but in ours we ALL have sensitive skin. Trying to find a laundry detergent that all of our skin agreed with was very painful to say the least. It can not have any scents or dyes added to it. No parabens or sulfates…. It is a headache to stand in an aisle and read label after label so I decided to make my own.
I started my research and asked some friends locally who made their own and what they liked. Right away I knew I did not want to mess with the liquid form. Seemed like a lot more work than I wanted to do. So powder it was. Now which of the thousands of recipes did I want to try.
My first recipe contained the Fels Naptha soap in it (picture below). With that recipe you had to shred the bar of soap into your laundry detergent….. So I grabbed the cheese grader…. And lost half of my knuckles I swear. This is a very tough hard bar of soap. But success, between me and my hubby we got 2 of them shredded. Mixed up the recipe and fail. The fels naptha did not dissolve in the water. Instead it stuck to the clothing and I had to run an extra rinse to get it all out. NOPE!! Back to the drawing board.
So once back to the drawing board I found a recipe minus the hard, non dissolving soap. I have since used this recipe for almost 5 years.
! box of borax
1 box of Baking Soda
1 box of Super washing suds
1 container of Oxi Clean ( We use Oxi Clean Free in our house )
Just mix equal parts together and store in an airtight container.
Add 1 TBSP of detergent per load. This is a concentrated mix so it does not take much.
I have been told it is HE safe. I have not use it in an HE Washer before but research says yes you can. When I upgrade to HE I will continue to use this as well.
I am lucky enough to have a big container that I am able to just dump each of these into stir and store. If you do not just measure out equal parts into your container and mix as you need it. This is my old Chlorine container I mix in and then I have a small container on the counter.
Now if you are one who likes to have scent in your laundry you have a couple of options. You can mix any of the scent crystals that are on the market today directly into your mix. This is not a choice for us. For those on the more all natural or sensitive spectrum you can add essential oils. This is the option we go for. You can add a few drops to your scoop of detergent just before you put it in or you can make a DIY fabric softener with it in it.
For a DIY Softener you just mix vinegar with a splash of rubbing alcohol and your drops of essential oils and shake. The Rubbing Alcohol helps the essential oil stay mixed with the vinegar. The Red is my vinegar mix. I add about 20 drops of oil to that container. The green is just baking soda with essential oils added to it for extra stinky loads 😉 Works like scent boosters in a way.
My last little bit of DIY Laundry tip is for the dryer. Dryer sheets are full of chemicals and scents. Another no no in our house. My solution is wool dryer balls. I actually make my own. You can place a few drops of essential oils directly to the dryer balls, toss in the dryer and run it. The dryer balls help keep the clothes separated and decreases drying time as well as adding the scent from the essential oils on them.
Any questions or tips that you have feel free to add them below I am always up for tips on laundry 🙂