ashley: cleaning concoctions

Today!!! Learn how our friend +Ashley Galat makes her homemade laundry and diaper detergent - quick and inexpensive and (potentially) all-natural.


I've been making my own laundry detergent for about 2 years now and diaper detergent for almost as long. You can find many recipes online using similar ingredients as the base. Some recipes add extras like fabric softener balls and essential oils, etc. Others are either powdered or liquid in nature. I've been using the most basic of basic and find that it meets mine and my family's needs, while saving on time, dishes used, and storage space. I've also had no problem with the powder dissolving, and powder takes up less space to store than liquid. If you want to explore the other options, browse online, but here's the basics, starting with laundry detergent!

What you'll need:

Bars of laundry-friendly soap, about 2 will make half a gallon of powdered detergent (I've been using Dove sensitive skin because I have extra on hand, but we have an old washer and I'm not too concerned about build-up, so I would advise something without "moisturizer" if you have a newer washer. I've also used with great success Kirk's castile soap which is all natural. Another option is Fels-Naptha. Kirk's is found in the beauty aisle and Fels-Naptha is found in the laundry aisle.)

Borax (big box found in the laundry aisle)

Washing soda (big box found in the laundry aisle)

Cheese grater or food processor with grate blade

Container for storage (old ice cream tub works great)

Recipe for 1/2 gallon of powdered detergent:
2 bars soap
3 c. borax
3 c. washing soda

Step 1:
Grate the soap, either by hand or food processor grating blade (but be careful with a food processor because if the soap is too hard, it can bend your blade). Add to bucket.

Step 2:
Measure borax and washing soda, crushing any chunks if necessary. Add to bucket. Mix with soap.

Step 3: Add 1-2 tablespoons per load.

DONE! Simple, eh?

The diaper detergent only differs slightly.

Oxy-clean free - 1.5 cups
Borax - 3 cups
Washing soda - 3 cups

Mix together. Add one tablespoon to your cold rinse, then one tablespoon to your hot wash.

That's it!

I just made both of those recipes in about 20 minutes and will have enough detergent for probably 2-3 months at least. And it's pennies per load!

Let us know how you do homemade detergent and what you like most about it (other than saving lots of money)! Thanks for reading and following!

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