Recipes for Safe Laundry Detergents

Recipes compiled from Natural Home Magazine, July/August 2010 issue.

Simple Washing Powder

16 cups baking soda

12 cups borax

8 cups grated castille or glycerin soap flakes (Dr. Bronner’s)

3 tablespoons lavender, lemon or grapefruit essential oil

Combine baking soda, borax and soap flakes.  Add essential oil and mix with a wire whisk.  Use 1/8 cup per load. Yield:  This recipe makes enough powder to last a family of four one year.

Bleach/Brightener Substitute

1 cup hydrogen peroxide

1/4 cup lemon or grapefruit juice

12 cups water

Store in a labeled plastic jug.  Add 2 cups per load along with detergent.

Pre-Wash Stain Spray

1/2 cup white vinegar

1/4 cup baking soda

3 cups water

Stir together and fill a labeled spray bottle.  Spray on soiled spots just before washing.  Always test a hidden spot first.

For extra clean clothes, add 1/2 cup of borax after your detergent, for an all natural laundry booster.

Add baking soda to wash water at the same time as detergent to soften and freshen clothes and linens.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by amy on June 17, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    what do you think of trader joe’s laundry detergent? they tend to have natural products – i hope it’s green enough, betsy !!!!!!


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