The average 4-person American family does a whopping 80 pounds of laundry a week.
Wowza, that’s a lot of laundry! It’s also a lot of laundry detergent.
Unfortunately, most common, store-bought laundry detergents are filled with unhealthy chemicals. We and our families are exposed to the chemicals in laundry detergents both when they are made airborne during the laundry process, and afterwards when wearing clothing, using towels, or sleeping in sheets “cleaned” with the detergent.
These ingredients also contaminate waterways and are extremely detrimental to the environment and aquatic life.
Fortunately, you can make your own all-natural laundry powder that is not only economical, but works really well!
DIY All-Natural Laundry Powder
- 1 bar of castile soap (it is up to you as whether to choose unscented or scented; I typically do a double batch and combine two scents just to keep things interesting! These particular bars are scented with essential oils.)
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1 airtight container
- A tablespoon measuring spoon
First, grate the bar of castile soap using a regular old cheese grater. Next, put the soap shreds into the container you will be using, and add the baking soda and borax. Place the lid on the container and shake it up to evenly distribute the ingredients. Use 1 tablespoon of powder per load of laundry. For particularly dirty loads, add a little more and let clothes soak before closing the lid to enter the wash cycle. The soap will separate from the baking soda and borax over time, so be sure to shake the container well before each use.
TIP: To help preserve colors, add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar directly into the wash with your clothes.
Wondering about those balls?
Those are wool dryer balls! They help cut drying time (and so your energy bill!) and act as a natural fabric softener. To add extra scent to your clothes, add a few drops of essential oils to your dryer balls with each load.