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As soon as the weather starts to get warmer, birds begin chirping louder and flowers begin to bloom, for most moms, there is one main thing that comes to mind—it’s time to do some serious spring cleaning. This includes everything from cleaning out closets and dusting everything in each room to shampooing carpets and clearing out cabinets and pantries (if you’d like a few spring cleaning hacks, click here).
Then there’s the cleaning. The literal cleaning. If it includes baseboards and light fixtures, this part alone can take a couple of weekends all on its own! But before you run to the grocery store to pick up a commercialized liquid detergent brand, have you concerned making some of your own?
If your concern is that you’re not sure that DIY laundry detergent will get things “clean clean”, just make sure to use an organic surfactant like coco glucoside. It’s an ingredient that comes from fruits and vegetables (usually coconut oil, fruit sugars, potatoes or corn) that creates a gentle foamy cleanser that it totally biodegradable.
OK, now that we’ve gotten the liquid detergent out of the way, what about your clothes? Have you ever considered making a detergent for them as well? If not, take a moment to check out a super-easy recipe that, in our humble opinion, is effective at cleaning your fabrics and could also rival some of the popular commercial brands. Ready?
DIY Laundry Detergent
What You’ll Need:
- 1 laundry bar of soap (Fels-Naptha was used for this video)
- 3 cups of super washing soda
- 3 cups of Borax
- 1 cup of OxiClean (optional)
- 20 drops of your favorite essential oil (also optional but recommended)
- White vinegar
- Large bowl
- Airtight jar
- Small spray bottle
- Ice cube tray or small silicone mold
For “Loose” DIY Laundry Detergent
Step 1: With my grater, I grate one bar of laundry soap into a large bowl.
Step 2: Then I add the washing soda and Borax to the grated soap and mix with a whisk (if you want to use some OxiClean and/or add an essential oil or essential oil blend, this would be the time to add those as well).
Step 3: Finally, I transfer the detergent into an airtight jar and put it into my laundry room until it’s time to use it. I’m all done.
For DIY Laundry Detergent Pods
Step 1: I pour some white vinegar into a small spray bottle.
Step 2: I spray the vinegar onto the “loose detergent” recipe until the ingredients start to clump up together.
Step 3: The next step is I put the detergent into either some ice trays or silicone molds.
Step 4: Next, I put the trays/molds on a counter (out of the reach of kids or pets) and let them sit in room temperature overnight (roughly eight hours or so).
Step 5: Now all I have to do is pop them out of their molds and gently place them into an airtight jar until it’s time to use them (or gift them to friends). How cool is that?
Give this recipe a try. Let us know what you think!
Have left over vinegar from this DIY recipe? We have a few hacks on how you can use that excess vinegar around the house!
Welcome to spring cleaning, everyone!