I finally decided to make my own laundry detergent after weeks of thinking and searching for the best recipes, reading about borax, keeping old soap containers (Thanks mom for you help!)…
I choose to make the borax-free version because I was not very pleased to read everything people were saying about this white powder.. I used baking soda instead.. after all borax and baking soda both are known for being a fabric brightener and deodorizer.. so I used the non-toxic option. It was a hard choice since half the population is against and the other half are borax lovers.. but after reading that they were using it to kill bugs.. that it can cause cancer (Oh gosh no.. I don’t want that at all!!! The last 3 years I’m watching my mom suffer from 3 different cancers..), that it can be harmful for unborn babies (and I’m 24 weeks pregnant and mom of a almost 2 years old toddler girl).. anyway I’ve read very great reviews about laundry detergent without borax. I always wanted to make my own laundry detergent not only because it’s super cheap but because it’s Eco-friendly too, safe and chemical-free for my family too. another thing.. it’s safe for cloth diapers and that was important for me since I only use cloth diapers for my girl and will do the same for the baby due in April.
If only you knew what is really in the commercial version you are buying.. and how much water they put in..
I will not annoy you with all my calculations, but here’s the important ..
To make this huge batch of soap (10 bottles) it cost me 3.60$. Usually I was buying a green brand that cost 4$ (I buy it when it’s in sale, haha) for a 1.50L (32 loads) bottle. To have the same amount of soap that I made today it would have cost me around 40$ at the store.. so I saved 36.40$! what a bargain! And the great part in my story is that I was already using a totally not expensive brand.. if you are using a famous top brand like Tide you will save even more money!!! With my normal soap it was costing me 0.13$ per load… I’m already hearing you saying: Heh 0.13$ it’s a real joke.. I know but with homemade a load cost… are you ready??… around 0.015$ !!!!!! Because for 3.60$ (10 containers) I have about over 250 loads. it’s super awesome! ( One load is 1/3 cup of soap).
Also, I bought from an Eco-friendly brand (Eco-Pioneer, I bought them on well.ca )for my soap flakes, baking soda and washing soda. I searched for all the kind available in Quebec (Canada) and they were the best! You can read on their product description that :
-Eco-Pioneer washing products are 100% pure and non-hazardous to the environment.
Eco-Pioneer products are designed to be simple, effective and environmentally sustainable. Besides being all natural and readily biodegradable, their washing powders leave a small ecological footprint. They are sourced from local suppliers and are minimally packaged in 100% recycled paper fibre boxes and printed with non-toxic, vegetable inks.-
That was important for me and was the reason I choose this brand over all the other one available on the market.
You can use soap bars instead of soap flakes, but the difference was so ridiculous (only pennies) between already grated and in a bar.. so I took the flakes. At the beginning it cost me like 30$ for the 3 ingredients, but I have enough to make 10-15 times this recipe.. Oh before I forgot, my version is unscented because I don’t like perfume, but I’ve read you can add few drops of essential oils in your recipe… but I’ll never make this version) Feel free to do what you want!
So.. when are you making the switch? ;)
You need :
(This recipe makes 10 containers of 1.50L)
* 1 cup natural soap flakes (or grated soap)
* 4 cups water
* 1 cup washing soda
* 1 cup baking soda
* 2.5 gallons hot water (9 L)
* Huge bucket or large pot (I used my canning pot)
* Empty (and washed) old laundry detergent containers (I used 10 x 1.50L containers)
* In a pot over medium heat, melt the soap flakes in 4 cups water.
* Remove from heat. Add the baking soda and washing soda. Combine well.
* In the pot, add 2,5 gallons of warm/hot water (9L). Stir until everything is blend.
* Cover and set aside for at least 6 hours. (I left my pot in my laundry room where the temperature is cooler)
* After the few hours wait, the mixture is supposed to look like almost a kind of gel.. in fact it looks like opaque jello. With a long spoon break the gel and mix until the texture is a little bit more liquid. (It will still be kind of jelly).
* Fill to 1/3 all the containers with soap mixture. The remaining 2/3 is for cold tap water.
* Close the lid and shake well. The job is done, now you can store them (I put all the containers in the basement) and use them when you need them. It will last for a while, haha!
For a normal washing machine (top load), regular load add 1/3 cup of homemade laundry detergent.
Before using it, don’t forget to shake the bottle!