Homemade Natural Laundry Detergent Powder


June 8, 2012

This homemade natural laundry detergent powder is really effective and much kinder to the water ways.

Homemade Natural Laundry Detergent Powder

This homemade natural laundry detergent powder is from Full Circle Home.

For many years I have used baking soda, vinegar, lavender oil, and tea tree oil to do my washing. But, when I came across this recipe I decided to give it a go, and I love it!

This mixture is so easy to make, and your clothes will look and feel fantastic. I also like to add in some drops of lavender, rosemary, or tea tree essential oil to my wash before I put the machine on for the extra disinfecting power, and also to make my clothes and linens smell fabulous. I like to be green, but I also love gorgeous-smelling laundry.

I actually read a really fascinating article a long time ago (if I could remember where I read it, I would link to it) where a green company did a laundry study comparing the cleaning power of the major commercial laundry detergents, natural green products, food grade products like baking soda, vinegar, and castille soap, and then just plain water.

Their study showed that there was very little difference between the stain removal power of any method. In fact, using alkaline water almost held up just as well as detergent! What was particularly interesting to me, was that study participants associated clean laundry with the smell of the detergent. This affected purchasing choices more than anything else.

I must admit, I buy into this, and am very often led by my nose! This is why I love using essential oils in my laundry. You only need a few drops, they are kind to our waterways, and they smell divine! Many essential oils have powerful anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties too.

Just a note about this recipe: when you switch from your commercial detergent to this laundry soap, the residue from your detergent can mix with the soap and cause yellowing. For your first green wash, simply use 1/3 cup of washing soda for a normal load. This will remove the detergent residue.

You need to muscle up to make this recipe. You will need to stir it for 5 to 10 minutes. I must admit, that for my second batch of this detergent I placed in my stand mixer after I had add the vinegar and formed a paste. I whipped it like egg whites and it was so much easier! About 5 to 10 minutes on a medium speed does the trick!

If you don’t have a stand mixer or electric beaters, muscle up and keep stirring! Then place the mixture into a large container and allow to stand for about 1/2 an hour. The mixture will expand and become even more powdered, resembling a heavy laundry detergent powder. Then store in a sealed container in your laundry.

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Homemade Natural Laundry Detergent Powder

This homemade natural laundry detergent powder is really effective and much kinder to the water ways. 

Prep Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 3 1/4 cups
Author Tess Masters

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, pour in the castile soap. Stir in the washing soda, and then the baking soda, and then add the vinegar 1/4 cup at a time as the mixture will foam. Whip it at a medium speed like egg whites for 5 to 10 minutes until the mixture thickens, and turns into a powder.

  2. Transfer the mixture to a sealed container, and allow the mixture to stand for about 30 minutes. The mixture will expand and become even more powdered, resembling a heavy powdered detergent. Store in a sealed container. Then, use 1/2 cup per full load of laundry.

Recipe Notes

*Note: when you switch from your commercial detergent to this laundry soap, the residue from your detergent can mix with the soap and cause yellowing. For your first green wash, use 1/3 cup of washing soda for a normal load. This will remove the detergent residue.

Recipe from Full Circle Home.
Photo by Trent Lanz and styling by Alicia Buszczak

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