Have you discovered Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap? It is pretty amazing stuff. I’ve been using it in homemade natural laundry detergent, amongst other things.
Over the past six months or so, inspired by the LiveLAGOM sustainability project I’ve been working on with IKEA and Hubbub, I’ve been trying to reduce the amount of chemicals we use. Dr Bronner’s Organic Citrus Castile Liquid Soap is a key ingredient. You can buy it through this Amazon affiliate link, or just search online. It really is brilliant, with 101 uses, apparently!
I’ve been using it diluted in soap dispensers, and have made a cleaning spray. But my favourite use is as a key ingredient of homemade natural laundry detergent. It not only cleans well, but is also better for the environment. I’ve also noticed Ava’s eczema has really improved since we’ve been using it!
INGREDIENTS FOR 1 Litre
4 Tablespoons of Soda Crystals (Washing Soda)
4 Tablespoons of Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Soda)
3 Tablespoons of Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap (I used citrus but you could choose lavender or another scent)
A few drops of Lemon Essential Oil (optional)
Plastic Bottle (mine is from Tiger but you could reuse an old laundry liquid bottle.)
Add the Soda Crystals and Bicarbonate of Soda to the beaker of your blender, and cover with enough warm water to cover it. Then blitz it until it’s nice and smooth. Add the Dr Bronner’s Soap and a few drops of essential oil, if using and top the jug up with water and give it a good stir. Don’t be tempted to blitz it with you blender as it will bubble up everywhere! Then pour into your bottle and pour anything that won’t fit into a storage jar to save for later.
Before using, give it a massive shake, as it does separate (my bottle is great as it’s for protein shakes and has a blending disc.) Then use it like normal laundry detergent – about 2 Tablespoons should be enough but you may want to experiment. If you have stains, throw in a scoop of Vanish or spray them before you wash as it gets out normal dirt but isn’t up to major stains.
Have you every made your own natural products? I’d love to hear about it, please leave me a comment!