Cathy Isom gives you some easy ways to make your own laundry detergent. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.
You can cut down on consumption, eliminate chemicals, and save yourself a little money by making your own all-natural laundry detergent. And all you need are these simple ingredients: washing soda or baking soda, castile soap, a spot remover and Borax. For a basic powdered detergent that can clean 15-20 loads, take 1 bar of castile soap, grated and 3 cups washing soda – or substitute with plain old baking soda. Combine ingredients in a food processor until grainy. Store in an airtight container and add 2 to 3 tablespoons of detergent per wash load.
For a liquid detergent use 3/4 cup liquid castile soap plus 1 cup washing soda. Pour the washing soda into a bucket and cover with hot water. Stir until the soda is dissolved and then slowly add in the liquid castile soap. Use a funnel and pour the liquid detergent into recycled bottles or mason jars. You’ll only need about 2 to 3 tablespoons per wash. If it separates, just give it a little stir.