Instead of potentially toxic conventional detergents, you can whip yourself up a batch of homemade laundry soap instead! Homemade detergents can be just as effective as the store-bought variety, and they’re often much less expensive to boot.
Soap nuts are one of the simplest DIY detergent options, because they only contain one ingredient: soapberries. When you agitate soap nuts in the washing machine, they release saponin, which helps the water dissolve dirt and stains from your clothes. You can toss them into the machine whole, grind them up, or make soap nut liquid detergent by boiling them in water. If you need more deets on how to use soap nuts, there are some great recipes here.
The coolest thing about soap nuts? When you’re done using them, you can compost them right in the garden. How cool is that?
Homemade Laundry Detergent
It’s easy as pie to whip up a batch of DIY laundry detergent. Here’s how!
1. Grate 1 bar of castille soap, like Dr. Bronner’s.
2. Add 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of washing soda
3. To wash your clothes, use 1-2 tablespoons (depending on how dirty the laundry is and how hard your water is), just like you would store bought detergent.
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