Homemade Laundry Cleaning Products
Here are my homemade cleaning product post for getting all your laundry clean! Getting chemicals out of my clothes was one of the first big changes I really wanted to make when I started making my own homemade products. I don’t like the idea of wearing clothes covered in chemicals, and dryer fabric softener sheets always seemed gross to me with their sticky texture and sickly sweet smell.
Here are the homemade laundry cleaning products I’ve made so far. I’ll let you know which ones are my favorite as you read.
– Homemade Laundry Detergents –
Soap Nut Laundry Detergent
Soap nuts are amazing. I can’t seem to stop saying that lately. They’re actually dried berry husks, for some reason called nuts. Soap nuts contain saponins which is essentially soap that they release in water.
This is my very favorite homemade natural laundry detergent because it is so easy to use, affordable because the soap berries are reusable, and environmentally friendly.
Powdered Soap Nut Laundry Detergent
Continuing with my soap nut infatuation. This homemade soap nut laundry detergent is just as good as using whole soap nuts just without having to keep track of a little bag of soap nuts between loads. The downside of this homemade laundry detergent is that it doesn’t last nearly as long as using the whole soap nuts.
Washing Detergent Powder
This homemade laundry detergent recipe is the very first homemade laundry product I ever made. This laundry detergent uses a combination of bar soap, washing soda, and borax. It works really well and is very similar to store bought laundry detergent with how it works. The only reason I don’t use this homemade detergent is because I like soap nut so much more!
– Homemade Fabric Softeners –
Wool Dryer Balls
I like wool dryer balls a lot for a couple of reasons. One of the reasons I like them is because they are decent fabric softeners. I also love wool dryer balls because they are a simple all natural fabric softening method that is super simple to use. Dryer balls basically help to fluff and agitate your laundry helping them to dry quicker, more evenly, and fluffier.
Dryer balls are by far my favorite laundry softening method which I use every time I do the laundry.
Homemade Baking Soda Fabric Softener
Baking soda works as a fabric softener because it helps to balance the pH of the water in your washing machine.
This does seem to work as a fabric softener, but it’s a little more trouble than it’s worth to me. Dryer balls are my preferred method of fabric softening.
– Scenting Laundry –
My favorite way of scenting laundry is to just splash a few drops of essential oils onto my wool dryer balls and then chuck them into the dryer with my laundry. It works great and really gets into the laundry because of how much the dryer balls separate and mix the laundry.
Homemade Dryer Sheets
These dryer sheets work essentially the same as the dryer balls do, but I don’t think they work quite as well. I also prefer my wool dryer balls because they pull double duty, not only scenting laundry, but also softening and drying laundry more quickly.
That’s it so far from me. I’m sure I’ll be adding more here from time to time as I try out more homemade laundry products. If you have any other homemade ideas for laundry or anything else you think I should try please let me know in the comments!
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Saturday 13th of July 2019
Where can I buy soap nuts?
Sunday 31st of March 2019
OK, I got some soap nuts. I didn’t boil them first and used them in a laundry load. Great outcome. Then I read to boil them first. Did that, used them 👍. But... then I read to use the liquid for washing, too. I’m confused. Do I dilute the liquid? Some say yes, some say nothing. Any input from you would be great! Thank you Caroline
Sunday 21st of October 2018
Thank you. I usually use vinegar as a fabric softener, but I’ve run out. I’ll try the baking soda.
Wednesday 5th of December 2018
Any time! I hope that the baking soda does the trick!
Friday 4th of May 2018
I feel each detergent have their own side effect on the skin
Friday 24th of January 2020
That could be true Akki, it would depend on the individual and their skin I suppose. Thank you for your comment!
Thursday 28th of July 2016
I cant believe this one is possible, Thank you for a new learning you have shared to us. I am pinning this!
Friday 24th of January 2020
Glad the information was useful to you!