Tom Lohr is an avid home improvement enthusiast. He prefers to spend the money he saves on new tools and gardening supplies.
Make Laundry Day a Little More Brighter
If you have shopped for laundry detergent lately, then you know how hard it is to find a fragrance-free product to wash your clothes. It seems every manufacturer wants you to smell like something that their company finds pleasing, whether it is to you or not. Lavender is the popular smell of choice to push on consumers lately. What does one have to do to just smell clean?
Not only is finding a non-scented detergent a chore, typical laundry detergent is not so great for the planet. In case you haven't heard, the earth isn't doing so well. Any effort to lessen the stress on the globe is greatly appreciated by Mother Nature. The issue is finding a fragrance-free product that doesn't contribute to the demise of earth.
Then there is the cost of detergent. At some point, things started becoming crazy expensive. First it was breakfast cereal, then disposable razors, then toothpaste, then . . . well, you get the picture. Any relief from the upward spiral of the cost of goods that puts pressure on the family budget is welcome. By making your own laundry detergent you can not only get clean clothes with no scent (or a scent of your choice), you can save the planet and money. It's the trifecta of detergent wins.
Is making your own detergent difficult? Absolutely not. All you need is a few simple ingredients, implements and a personal mandate to do the right thing. Here is how you can smell good and feel good on laundry day.
Kirk's Castile Soap comes with a choice of a few fragrances, but it also comes in a fragrance-free variety. Castile means that it is a product made without animal fats, which many soaps use as an ingredient. Instead, Kirk's uses coconut oil. It is certified Non GMO, Vegan, Animal Cruelty Free, Gluten Free and Hypoallergenic. Soap doesn't get any more guilt free and it is carried by most grocery stores.
Arm & Hammer Laundry Booster is used to supercharge normal laundry detergent. Not only can you use it as a household cleaner, it does a great job of giving your clothes and extra kick when it comes to clean. In actuality, it is 100% sodium carbonate. It contains no phosphates so you can use it without fear that you are contributing to civilization's demise. It is available at many department stores and can also be purchased from Amazon.
If you really want to make some awesome detergent, adding lemon essential oil will give your clothes a nice, citrus smell that screams clean. Plus, lemon essential oil is supposed to be good for fighting exhaustion, depression, reduces inflammation and kills viruses and bacteria. If it really does all of that is debatable, but it can't hurt.
Mix It Up
The process of making the laundry detergent is simple:
Shred one bar of Kirk's Castile Soap using a fine food grater, place in a large bowl. Mix in ½ of a box or Arm & Hammer Laundry Booster. Once those two ingredients are well mixed, add 40 drops of essential lemon oil if you desire. Place the mixture in an airtight container.
You have now made a natural, environmentally friendly laundry detergent that not only does a fantastic job cleaning your clothes, it costs about 10% of commercial detergent. Save the planet and stick it to the man at the same time.
The detergent is safe for HE front loaders and any other type of washing machine. Use one tablespoon for a small to medium size load. Use two tablespoons for large loads or for small to medium loads of heavily soiled laundry.
No one likes laundry day. At least by making your own laundry detergent you can do your bit to keep our planet in one piece for a little while longer, and save a ton of money while doing it.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Liz Westwood from UK on May 17, 2021:
This is a fascinating article. I wonder if the addition of lemon juice helps with machine maintenance. I have to run white vinegar through our machine on a hot wash to clean it out from time to time. Lemon is also sometimes referred to as a useful machine cleaner. Although the products you mention are unfamiliar to me in the UK, I am sure there must be similar ones available. This article helps the environment and is well-written.
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 17, 2021:
Interesting thought. I know I've used dawn dish liquid when something is stained and sometimes a dash of baking soda.
I wonder if the lemon will help with mosquitos.