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Cut Out Commercial Products And Switch To This Highly Effective DIY Laundry Detergent!
When it comes to laundry detergents, there are a few expectations one has for the product of choice. Obviously, the laundry soap must do a satisfactory job of cleaning fabrics, however, aside from this, you want a detergent that is versatile, not harsh, agrees with your skin, and smells pleasant, too.
Now, given the sheer number of laundry detergents currently available in the market, finding a product that meets your criteria can turn out to be a time-consuming, and even mildly stressful process.
Beyond this, if you’re unfortunate enough to have any allergies related to the fragrances, preservatives, and surfactants that are typically present in laundry soaps, then the options available to you suddenly become so few and far, not to mention expensive, too.
With that said, there is actually a safe, effective, and inexpensive way around this problem. It’s the reason why MaidForYou created this guide to begin with! We’re talking about making a super DIY laundry detergent that will never leave you reaching for a store-bought option again!
One of the best things about making your own laundry soap at home is that you don’t have to worry about what’s going into it. This is great, both for any potential allergies you may have, as well as the fact that homemade laundry detergent is far better for the environment than some commercial grade detergents with its strong chemicals and plastic packaging.
What You’ll Need
Before we begin with the process, let’s look at what goes into this DIY laundry detergent recipe:
- Baking Soda – 2 cups
- 3% Hydrogen Peroxide – 1 cup
- Borax – 2 cups
- Gentle dish soap – 1 ½ cups
The ingredients above are capable of removing stains and cleaning clothes all on their own, however, by combining them, you can create a powerful, eco-friendly laundry detergent that is safe to use on most fabrics.
Thanks to things like borax with its ability to absorb dirt out of clothing, and baking soda with its brightening and odour neutralising abilities, your fabrics will be cleaned just as well as they would be with a commercial laundry detergent.
NOTE: It’s important to note that all fabrics must be cleaned in accordance with the washing instructions mentioned on their labels.
How to Make DIY Laundry Soap
After you have gathered all the ingredients, follow the steps below to make your own DIY laundry detergent.
- Add 8 cups of water to a large pot, and bring it to a boil.
- While the water is boiling, add 2 cups each of borax and baking soda. Stir briefly to combine the ingredients.
- Once that’s done, you must prepare the hydrogen peroxide. Take 1 cup of the chemical, dilute it in 2 cups of water, and then add it to the mixture on the stove.
- Next, add 2 cups of mild dish soap, and stir it in.
- To top it off, you must add another 8 cups of boiling water to the pot, and take it off the heat.
- When all of the ingredients are dissolved, you can then proceed to personalise your detergent if you wish. This can be done by mixing in a few drops of your preferred essential oil to add a natural, non-allergenic fragrance to your freshly washed clothes.
- At this stage, you must leave the laundry detergent mixture to cool down completely. As this happens, the solution will begin to thicken into a white powder. This is when your DIY laundry soap is ready to be stored, and used!
How to Store Homemade Laundry Detergent
The best way to store this DIY powdered laundry detergent is to transfer it to a glass jar that has an airtight lid. This ensures that the detergent is kept dry, free from moisture, and ready for use.
Beyond this, the jar should be stored in a cool and dry space to prevent clumping and/or spoilage. Pick a suitable spot near your laundry area that is not in direct sunlight, and avoid humid spaces like bathrooms altogether.
How to Use Your DIY Laundry Detergent
Using the laundry soap you have made is quite straightforward. For a regular load of laundry, use 1 tablespoon of the DIY detergent. If the load of laundry is heavily soiled, you can double it and add 2 tablespoons instead.
Keep in mind, however, that you should not exceed this amount in your wash. This is because overuse of any laundry detergent is actually counterintuitive to what you are trying to achieve. You could end up saturating your clothes with detergent which will leave a residue behind after the wash. This, in turn, stiffens the fabric, and allows dirt to cling to the residue.
How Long Does DIY Laundry Detergent Last?
For obvious reasons, this will depend on how often the detergent is being used. Larger households with more family members consume a higher amount of laundry detergent by default, and on a regular basis.
If we’re talking about shelf-life, however, you could potentially hold onto the detergent for up to 6 months, provided that you are paying heed to the storage tips we mentioned above.
With all this, you should now have the right know-how to make, store, and use your own DIY laundry detergent! Most dirt and stains can be handled with a fair amount of ease using this homemade detergent in your next load of laundry.
With that said, if you are dealing with a stubborn or highly pigmented stain that won’t budge, it might be time to consider using a specially formulated product like a commercial stain remover. This may not be the most desirable option but it’s worth a try before resorting to professional assistance.
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