I‘ve been making my own laundry detergent for several years now and, honestly, I’ve never missed the long walk down the laundry detergent aisle at the store. I first took the trip to DIY detergent town because I have allergies; any scented laundry detergent is impossible for me to use. But even the allergy-friendly stuff can cause skin irritation, plus it’s expensive. So I tried homemade liquid laundry detergent as a way to save money and know exactly what’s going in my laundry soap.
It took a few attempts to get a laundry soap recipe I really liked. And that’s actually a benefit to making your own liquid laundry detergent – you can tweak the recipe to fit your needs. Here’s the basic recipe that works when I make my own detergent, and why homemade liquid laundry detergent is just as good as the stuff you buy at the store.
What’s in Homemade Laundry Detergent?
You need three main ingredients for your homemade laundry detergent recipe: Borax, washing soda and castile soap. You can also add a few drops of essential oil or use castile soap with essential oil for a scent.