Learning to make a natural laundry detergent was the first thing I did when switching over to using natural cleaners. It wasn’t too time consuming, it worked well, and it saved me money… and that was back when there were only 3 people in my family. I’m sure it’s really saving me money now that there are 5 of us. Plus, kids are messy! I feel like I’m constantly doing their laundry.
So if you’re looking to do good things for your family, I think laundry is the perfect place to start!
There are a few things that you’ll have to get used to when it comes to using a homemade detergent verses a store-bought detergent. One of those things is that your clothes don’t come out of the dryer smelling fragrant. Yes, they smell fresh and clean, but they don’t have that typical detergent scent to them.
This always bothered me because I like it when my clothes smell good, but I wasn’t thrilled with the chemicals sitting on my (or my child’s) skin all day. Then I heard about natural, homemade fabric softeners that are used like the regular, store-bought fabric softeners, and they help to scent your clothes a bit more and reduce static in the dryer.
I found several different recipes and tried them all. The video below shows my two favorite, and these are what I use every time I do any laundry for my family! Enjoy!
Natural Fabric Softener Crystals
Add one cup of salt to your jar followed by 10 drops of your essential oil. Mix thoroughly and use 1/4 cup of this mix to your water for a regular load or 1/3 cup for a large load. Add in at the same time you add your detergent.
Homemade Liquid Fabric Softener
- fabric softener crystals
- distilled water
- white vinegar
- baking soda
- fabric softener ball
Boil 1 1/2 – 2 cups of water and dissolve 1/4 – 1/2 cup of fabric softener crystals in your water. Next add 6 cups of white vinegar to a bowl and slowly dissolve 1 cup of baking soda into your vinegar. Finally, mix these two things together, bottle, and store. Use 1/2 cup in a downy ball, your fabric softener compartment, or add to your rinse water.