Aug 10, 2010
The verdict on the DIY laundry detergent
It's a big YES! This mixture (baking soda, white vinegar, washing soda, liquid Castile soap & a bit of a favorite essential oil) does a really nice job of cleaning clothes. With only 5 ingredients and a bit of elbow grease, I've got excellent laundry detergent for about the next month.See previous post for how to make it.
As you may know from reading my Bloody April series, I have switched to re-usable menstrual pads. This laundry detergent fully cleaned them & even removed some stains! So that is just how well it worked for me.
Now, if you associate clean clothes with a strong smell of Tide, or any other perfumed detergent, you will have to adjust to a neutral smell if you wish to use DIY detergent. I tried to scent the stuff with essential oils, and the scent just doesn't survive the washing & drying process. So in future, I will add an oil (oh, tangerine is so yummy) when I am air drying the clothing in question. All the wash, while unquestionably clean, lacked a smell after coming out of the dryer.
Posted by Wizardess at 6:54 PM