Here is my FAVOURITE powder laundry detergent! It cleans like a charm, saves you money and all natural! I have truly fallen in love with making my own natural laundry. Knowing what ingredients are in the day to day items I use has come very important to me. I strive to reduce our toxic load and irritants in our every day life.
YOU WILL NEED
- Baking Soda 10 cups
- Coarse Sea Salt 3 1/3 cup
- Dr. Bronner’s Castile Bar Soap 6 bars
- Cheese Grater or Food Processor
- Large Bucket or Container
- (OPTIONAL) doTERRA PURIFY Essential Oil Blend
- (OPTIONAL) Knuckle Band-Aids (haha)
I have learned my lesson from previous times to cover my 3 fingers with knuckle band-aids to protect my finger tips. My cheese greater is extremely sharp and this is a highly recommended easy step. Some people also use a food processor with the grater attachment to shave their bars of soap. I find it much easier to just do it by hand. I can grate the 6 bars in less than 10 mins.
So with that said grate all 6 bars of soap! I love the Dr. Bronner’s Castile Bar Soap. It is all natural and fair trade. Here is a list of the ingredients; Organic Coconut Oil*, Organic Palm Oil*, Sodium Hydroxide**, Water, Organic Olive Oil*, Lavandin Extract, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Lavender Extract, Sea Salt, Citric Acid, Tocopherol.
This soap does not create suds and is safe for all types of washing machines.
Proceed by adding the entire content of the baking soda and coarse sea salt content into your container. Mix well.
Baking soda will boost the natural cleaning properties of the castile soap, controls detergent suds (if there are any), reduces and removes laundry odors, softens water and laundry (no need for toxic fabric softners) and is safe to use in HE / front load washers.
Coarse Sea Salt is a great natural stain fighting agent (pre-wash and during wash), it keeps colours colourful, removes stickyness to clothes, reduces yellowing of clothes and controls mildew (in your machine).
Purify is a special essential oil blend that is meant to eradicate foul odors in a natural and safe way. It is a bright uplifting blend that combines citrus and pine essential oils. I absolutely love the fresh and airy scent that it leaves behind! I also add this blend to my dryer balls. Here are the ingredients; Lemon Peel, Lime Peel, Siberian Fir Needle, Austrian Fir Needle, Pine Needle, Citronella Grass, Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Leaf, Cilantro Herb essential oils.
You can choose to add about 20 drops to your container or add 1 drop per load. All depends on how you want to function.
I use 1/4 cup each load. Sometimes with the very dirty toddler/preschooler clothing I tend to bump it up to 2.
How much is this all going to cost?
Here is the break down
(I buy my items at my local grocery store, you can find cheaper prices at Bulk Barn or other similar stores. ALL PRICES IN CAD, and does not include taxes.)
- Baking Soda – 2kg box – $5.99
- Coarse Sea Salt – 750mg – $5.99
- Dr. Bronner’s Castile Bar Soap) – $4.99 X 6ea = 17.99$
- (OPTIONAL) doTERRA Purify – 15ml – $23.00 (wholesale price) = $0.09 per drop x 20 drops = $1.84
For the sake of the laundry cost per load calculation I will not include the essential oils as they are not necessary.
Based on the weight/contents of the ingredients (minus essential oils) and using 1/4 cup per load… you will get 50 loads per recipe. which ends up being about $0.59 per load!!!
AND if you wanted to add the essential oils in your laundry detergent it would bump the cost up to $0.63 per load!
So depending on how often you do laundry this detergent can last you from 60 months to 1 year! How is that for savings!!!
In conclusion, you do what is right for you and your family. I did not always do this. I always just went for the store bought stuff because it was so easy. However after taking the 15 mins it takes to make this all natural detergent, I was hooked! Hooked on giving my family a healthier alternative, hooked on saving money, and hooked on living naturally!