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, which you can buy here through my affiliate link, is a key ingredient. 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 eco-friendly 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 of Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent
- 4 Tablespoons of Soda Crystals (Washing Soda) Buy here.
- 4 Tablespoons of Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Soda) Buy here.
- 3 Tablespoons of Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap (I used citrus but you could choose lavender or another scent) Buy here.
- 1 Litre of Water
- A few drops of Lemon Essential Oil (optional)
Equipment for Eco-Friendly Homemade Laundry Detergent
- Hand Blender. Buy here.
- Bottle (mine is from Tiger but you could reuse an old laundry liquid bottle)
- Large Jar
How to Make Eco-Friendly Homemade Laundry Detergent
Add the Soda Crystals and Bicarbonate of Soda to the beaker of your blender, and add 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.
How to Use Eco-Friendly Homemade Laundry Detergent
Before using, give your eco-friendly laundry liquid 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! If you’re looking for other eco-friendly laundry ideas, you’ll find some more here. And if you want to learn how to clean your home without chemicals, you might like this review.
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