Here it is!! My coveted laundry detergent recipe. I have used this recipe for 3 years now and was previously selling it to friends and family. With baby here, I no longer have time to sell it, so I decided to share the recipe with you. When I first started making my own detergent, I used a recipe that called for Fels Naptha soap, after a little research, I found that even though many recipes were claiming to be natural, Fels Naptha contains many chemicals. I’ll let you do additional research on your own, and if you do choose to use Fels Naptha, you can just substitute it in for the kirk’s in my recipe.
Borax, also known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate, is a naturally occurring mineral composed of sodium, boron, oxygen, and water. It is a white powder consisting of soft, colorless crystals that dissolve quickly in water. Borax is classified by the EPA as a pesticide and is toxic to ants, cockroaches, termites, and other insects. In its chemicalWATCH Factsheet, the organization Beyond Pesticides says this about boric acid and its related compounds:
Boric acid is a low-toxicity, non-volatile mineral with insecticidal, fungicidal, and herbicidal properties. It has long been embraced as a safer alternative to highly volatile, synthetic chemical pesticides.
Obviously Borax can pose some safety issues, you can find more information about them here. I feel comfortable using a minimal amount for my family’s laundry.
.5 Cup Borax
.5 Cup Baking Soda
1 Cup Shredded Kirk’s or other Castile Soap
I use about 2-3 tablespoons per load depending on what the load consists of. You’ll have to play around with the amounts depending on load type and washer type. I do have an HE washer. As far as I can tell, it is not cloth diaper safe according to bumGenius’s FAQ page due to the baking soda. I do, however, use it on baby’s clothes and he’s done great!
What about YOU? What’s your favorite money-saving laundry trick?