Laundry Detergent

I use two different things for natural laundry soap, either this homemade recipe or Charlie’s Soap. I haven’t bought conventional laundry soap in years, don’t want all the harsh chemicals. I’m a big fan of Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds (the main ingredient in this recipe) for lots of things… it’s my dishwasher detergent, dish soap for handwashing dishes, as well as my general soap for anytime I need a good soap to scrub the house/ bathrooms. I buy it by the gallon at a local vitamin store for $29. It’s a concentrated soap so it goes a long way. I probably use a gallon a year! So $29 for a year worth of soap that I use for cleaning bathrooms, hand soap, dishes, and more… not too shabby!

Homemade Laundry Detergent
1 cup Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds
2 cups Water
1/3 cup Salt
1 cup Baking Soda
Vinegar (not to be mixed with above ingredients, use as a fabric softener).

Warm the salt and baking soda in water until mostly dissolved. Transfer to a one gallon container. Add your soap fill the rest of the jar with water, thus giving you 1 gallon of detergent.

Shake well before each use. Use 1/4 -1/2 cup per load, depending upon how dirty the load is. Add some vinegar to your wash during the rinse cycle. This works as an effective fabric softener and disinfectant. Depending upon the hardness of your water, you may want to decrease the water quantity or increase the soap quantity.

Vinegar makes a great fabric softener! I’ve been using it for a long time and I really like it! It does NOT leave your clothes smelling like vinegar, ever.

Recipe from Passionate Homemaking.


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