DIY Laundry Trials
Homemade laundry has been a bit of an event in my house after started aiming for holistic balance (read my journey here). To be honest, DIY laundry hasn’t exactly been the easy route I assumed it was.
I started making my own laundry suds long before Baby bear came along and while I assumed it was working, once I tried it on baby clothes it was clearly not.
DIY laundry detergent is actually one of the simplest things to make! It requires little ingredients and it’s mostly quick to throw together. But like anything else homemade, there’s a bit of trial and error as to what works for your specific needs.
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Enter the laundry trials.
Trial #1: Liquid Laundry Soap
The original recipe (below) I was using was by far the cheapest. It made roughly 5g of laundry soap so I only had to make it about three times per year.
- Washing soda
- Dr. Bronners bar soap
And while I thought this soap was working just fine, once I had Baby Bear I noticed her clothes coming out much less than clean. In fact, they looked a bit grungy. Now given, at this point she was dragging her belly along our wood desk, so it was definitely expected. But I was still less than impressed.
Trial #2: Liquid Laundry Soap
The next recipe I tried seemed promising – though I think I just hyped it up in my head! I was starting to become leery of Borax so I was interested to give this one a try.
- Castille soap
- Baking soda
Again, on most of our clothes this recipe seemed fine. Not great, but fine. But Baby Bears clothes still seemed not up to par, so my trials continued.
Trial #3: Laundry Detergent Powder
I was very excited for this trial! As it is a powder, I assumed it would be more “potent” than it’s soapy diluted versions.
- Bar soap
- Washing soda
But again, I was disappointed. None of Baby Bear’s stains were coming out. Despite me trying everything I had read (vinegar, lemon, hydrogen peroxide etc). And to top it off, her safety blanket (which is white of course) looked so dingy it was slightly embarrassing.
Note: I eventually did read up on Borax and while I was originally a bit hesitant in the end I feel okay using it.
And so discouragement set in. Honestly, this was just getting discouraging. Was I doomed to use Tide and omit my holistic ways??
Enter The Measuring Flower. She provided me with the perfect detergent!
I was leery at first. I really didn’t want to use Oxy clean… until I looked up the ingredients and learned it was just hydrogen peroxide and baking soda!
And so my nerves were calmed.
The Optimal Laundry Detergent (it’s awesome!)
- 1/2c Epsom salt
- 1/2c Washing soda
- 1/2c Baking soda
- 1/2c Oxyclean
Not only do our clothes just look better but soaking whites in the Oxyclean before washing has turned Baby Bears blanket much more white! I also soak our diaper covers once per week before washing and it was worked wonders on stains.
Don’t forget to pin this easy & homemade laundry recipe!
Honestly, this has been my saving grace. The recipe is easy, effective and pretty darn cheap. So if you’re struggling with your Homemade Laundry suds, give it a try!
What’s your favorite laundry recipe?
Looking for more DIY recipes? Check out these 10 Necessary Diy Ingredients & this Whipped Peppermint Foot Lotion