Homemade laundry detergent and why it works so well

Plant care 6 days ago
Homemade laundry detergent is all the rage these days but do you ever wonder if it really works? I love the idea of homemade laundry detergent, that costs a fraction of the price but I want to know that my clothes are actually getting clean, before I jump on the bandwagon!

The 4 basic ingredients of homemade laundry detergent are Borax, Arm & Hammer Washing Soda, Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and Fels-Naptha bar soap. I also added Oxi Clean and doTERRA Wild Orange essential oil, to give it a little extra cleaning power, and a delicious citrus scent. Check out my full post to see how/why each of the ingredients work to create the best, most effective laundry detergent. Click here: http://askannamoseley.com/2013/05/the-best-h...

Edit: This detergent can be used in a front loading washing machine, there are instructions if you click on the link above. It is also safe to use if you have a septic system, I researched all of the individual ingredients and they are all safe to use. My sister has been using this for years on her septic system and she has never had any problems.

Time: 10 Minutes Cost: $15 Difficulty: Easy
  • Borax is a natural laundry booster because of it's unique ability to clean, by converting some water molecules to hydrogen peroxide.
  • The high alkalinity of washing soda helps it act as a solvent to remove a range of stains. Also adding Fels-Naphta helps eliminate residual stains. It works as a stain remover, for tough stains
  • Download this free printable to make your laundry detergent into cute gifts or just look cute in your laundry room!
  • Miranda
    Miranda United Kingdom
    I make my own laundry bar soap with vegetable shortening and rapeseed oil with 33% water discount and 0% Superfating. I used hot Process soap making. Even though I don't put borax and just washing soda but still clean my clothes well.
  • Roberta
    roberta Andrews, NC
  • Diane H
    Diane H Cumming, GA
    Click on Homemade Laundry Soap and the recipe should come up. If not google Homemade Laundry Soap.
  • S.
    Hmmmm...here in Germany it is forbidden now to sell Borax to normal people because it is under suspicion of harming unborn babies. So I would not want to use it, even if I could get it anywhere.
  • Avril
    avril United Kingdom
    What is this felsnaphta please. What could I use here in England.
    • Peg Sullinger
      Peg Sullinger Medina, NY
      Avril Fels-Naptha bar soap is the soap recommended by the first recipe I found for home made soap, but I use left over scraps of any kind of soap or a bar a Yardley London English
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