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DIY Liquid Laundry Detergent

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Lately with all the media focus on how toxic ingredients in our laundry detergent can be, you may want to take a crack at making your own laundry detergent.  It's really simple, and it's very cost effective.  Not to mention, it works pretty darn well!  This recipe is adapted from a recipe that my sister once gave me.  I've experimented a bit to find the proportions that work the best for my family, and I welcome you to do the same!

**For the record, I haven't used this on cloth diapers- just clothes.  If you do use cloth diapers, I highly recommend this Beck Laundry Detergent. We've cloth diapered for well over two years, and this is the best detergent I've ever used on diapers.  Compared to what we were paying for fancy, schmancy diaper specific detergent, it's a steal.  Our diapers have never smelled fresher... and that's saying something!** 

Now, onto the DIY detergent!

Liquid Laundry Soap:

I bar of grated castile soap (you can use scented, but the scent doesn't carry well)

8  Cups of filtered water

3/4 Cup of Baking Soda

3/4 Cup Borax

1 large bucket

1 1/2 Gallons Hot, filtered water (set aside for final step)

Optional: your favorite skin safe essential oil



1) Pour 4 cups of water and soap into a deep pan. Heat over medium heat until soap is melted.  Try to avoid a hard boil, as it will bubble and get a little messy.

2) In a separate bowl, mix borax and washing soda.  Then dissolve in 4 cups hot water. 

3) Take soap solution off the heat, and stir in the borax and baking soda concoction.

4) Pour the 1 1/2 Gallons of hot water into the bucket. Pour the soapy water into the bucket of water and stir well. 

Optional:  5) Add a half tsp of your favorite, skin safe essential oil.  (May I recommend a 1/4 tsp of lavender essential oil and 1/4 tsp of peppermint essential oil?  HEAVEN! You can also add tea tree oil if you want extra fresh work out clothes!)

Once everything has cooled, store it in an airtight container.  You can use old laundry jugs, if you wish.  Just make sure you've rinsed them thoroughly beforehand.  This soap requires no curing, and it is ready to use right away.  It's safe for both top loading and high efficiency washing machines.  Throw in some vinegar in the rinse cycle, some wool balls in your dryer, and you can proudly declare that your entire laundry process is chemical free!

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