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Natural Laundry Detergent Recipe

by Stacye Wilson

Making your own powdered laundry detergent is an easy and inexpensive way to ease into the natural cleaning product life. This recipe is our favorite. It’s easy to make, gentle to your clothing, skin, and the earth, and works great in regular and high efficiency washers. It’s even safe for your littlest family members.

If you are new to homemade cleaning products, this is an especially useful and easy-to-make option. The recipe has four ingredients, storage is easy, and clean up is a breeze. Let’s get started!

Your ingredients:

1 bar Kirk’s Castile Soap

1 ½ cups Borax

1 ½ cups Washing Soda

15-20 drops of Thistle Farms Lavender Essential Oil

Grate castile bar with the fine side of a hand grater, add borax and washing soda, mix well. At this point you can pulse gently in a food processor for a finer powder and enhanced dissolvability. Add 15-20 drops of Thistle Farms Lavender Essential oil. Place in an airtight glass jar, use 1-2 tablespoons per load.

A note about borax: with an approximate toxicity of table salt or baking soda, Borax could be dangerous if ingested in large amounts. Used as indicated here, Borax poses no toxic threat.

Pair with our wool dryer balls for natural softening, decreased drying time, and an added layer of natural aromatherapeutic fragrance and you’ll actually look forward to laundry day.


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