Trials of Creating a Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap
I made the switch to chemical free liquid laundry soap over 10 years ago. My favorite is a lovely lavender detergent that comes in a small bottle and costs almost $15. The bottle really doesn’t last long with a toddler in the house. And $15 is alot to add your cart at the market. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience, read full disclosure policy.
So, last year I finally bit the bullet and started making my own. I can’t tell you how many powder and liquid laundry soap recipes I read. Most the recipes for powder laundry included chemicals and known skin irritants. But, I didn’t just read the recipes – I read the comments too. And many of the comments said the dry ingredients in the liquid laundry soap settled to the bottom and became a hard glue. This happened to me in the first recipe I made! Other comments said the soap left a chalky residue on their clothes or in the washing machine. I experienced this a well, which lead to create a chemical free liquid laundry soap that works and saves us over $150 a year!
Why Should You Make Liquid Laundry Soap
Besides cutting household expenses, making liquid laundry soap keep the chemicals out of your clothes! Did you known the mainstream laundry soap brands contain chemicals that cause respiratory problems, irritate the skin, and have developmental and reproductive side effects? Yep, check out for yourself at the Environmental Working Group. The natural cleaning agents in today’s recipe will have your greening up your laundry in minutes! Plus this recipe is HE washer safe, and has a lovely fresh and clean scent too.
Green Ingredients for a Green Wash
Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is a naturally occurring substance. Best known for its use as a scoring agent and odor absorber. Baking soda is also used in cleaning recipes to fight against dirt, grease, and odors. This cleaning agent alone is a must have for your cleaning arsenal. In today’s recipe it works as detergent booster to soften clothes, keep odors at bay, and colors bright.
Castile soap is a concentrated vegetable-based soap made of ingredients you can actually pronounce. This soap is gentle on skin and effective against dirt, grease, and unwanted germs. Castile soap can be used to clean just about anything and everything: your face, your shower, and even your dirty dishes! Yes, I’m a fan!!
Sal suds is Dr. Bronner’s tougher version of soap, although its chemical makeup makes it a detergent, not a soap. Sal Suds is formulated to conquer tough cleaning projects such as unforgiving grease and stubborn dirt. And the Environmental Working Group gives it and A. Sal suds is basically a tougher version of castile soap, although it is more like a detergent. I recommend swapping Sal Suds for castile soap if you have hard water to avoid a residue in your clothes or washing machine.
Washing soda, also known as sodium carbonate is extremely alkaline. The high alkaline level works as solvent or water softener to degrease and lift stains. It very effective to fight hard water because it binds to the minerals. Washing soda also helps liquid soap “gel”, making it a multipurpose cleaning tool.
Essential oils not only provide a wonderful natural fragrance to homemade cleaners, but also contain powerful disinfecting properties. I choose lavender essential oil for this recipe because it fights mold, bacteria, and odors. And of course because I love it’s amazing soft floral scent it adds to linens! Find it in my natural Vanilla Lavender Linen Mist recipe too. Learn more about why I use essentials oils everyday here.
2 cups water
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup washing soda
10 drops lavender essential oil
1 airtight container, 32 ounces
How to Make Natural Lavender Liquid Laundry Soap:
In a large stock pot, bring 2 cups of water to a soft boil. Once the water begins to boil, turn off the burner and add baking soda and washing soda. Stir for two to four minutes to help dissolve the ingredients into the water. Next, add castile soap or Sal Suds. Combine by gently stirring to avoid too many bubbles. Last add 10 drops of lavender essential oil or one of your favorites.
Pour into a large airtight container to store until use. As the soap sits, the mixture may form into a gel. The contents may settle to the bottom or clump. This is all normal, simply stir or give it a shake before use. I’ve noticed this happens in cooler temperatures. So in the winter try to keep in a warmer spot.
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How to Use
Shake as needed before use. Add 2 tablespoons for HE (high efficiency) washing machines and 1/4 to 1/2 cup for traditional machines of Natural Lavender Liquid Laundry Soap per load. Wash as normal. Any clumps will dissolve in the water of the washing machine and your clothes will come out smelling wonderfully fresh and clean!
I love how I keep my family’s clothes and our household linens fresh and clean without chemicals or expensive detergents. If you love making your own cleaners too – don’t miss my clever No Nonsense Bathroom Cleaning Methods, That Work book.