You've given some thought to changing how you do your laundry. Perhaps its because you have someone in your life who is sensitive to everything you've tried. Perhaps living sustainably is something you're interested in. Or maybe you'd like to save some of your hard-earned money for something more important to you. Either way, we want to cut right to the point and talk about how you can produce your own detergent using the best homemade liquid laundry detergent recipe we've seen yet.
Making your own laundry detergent is a fun project that may be exactly what you're looking for. However, there are things you will want to consider in the long run. We will explore this in more detail below.
If you're eager to get started, here's what you'll need:
Here are some sample products (in case you're like me and like seeing what the ingredients look like...)
You'll end up needing:
You can use a half a cup for a load of laundry and enjoy the savings. But don't forget our "Consider This" above. We would be remiss if we didn't tell you about the differences between laundry soap and detergent.
I wish I could say that this homemade detergent would function exactly the same as your store-bought commercial brand. The truth is that the chemistry behind soaps and detergents causes them to function differently. Because the companies that make our detergents aren't required to list all of their ingredients, we recommend looking for a reputable company that has a track record of transparency regarding their ingredients.
Plant-based detergents rather than petroleum based products make for a more sustainable choice. Here are some options to consider to replace your old detergent with a more environmentally conscious product:
Please feel free to take the adventure of trying to make your own detergent. It might be an option you enjoy. However, due to the differences in the soap molecules and the detergent molecules, your soap may not rinse away all of the oils we deposit on our laundry. The washing machine you use makes a difference. The old washboard would make your homemade laundry detergent work just fine. If you're not willing to go that route, you'll need to strip your laundry from time to time to remove the built up grime.
Whether you stick with what you're currently using, start making your own, or try one of the new plant-based detergents, we think you're awesome for reading this far. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about improving your sustainability.
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I am a husband, father of 3, and a full time educator. I take my passion for sustainability from at home in the garden with my family to school with the children in the community. Through awareness, change can come. Will you change with us? We'd be happy to have you.