Many people have sensitive skin that even the most gentle detergents can irritate when washing clothing. If you’re someone who gets itchy, irritated skin from washing your clothing no matter how many times you rinse them, try making your own detergents for clean clothing and irritant-free skin.
To make your own laundry detergent, you just need simple ingredients found in the same aisle that you normally buy your laundry detergent in. You need a bar soap (any bar soap you normally use that does not irritate your sensitive skin), Borax, washing soda, and boiling water to make your own detergent. Borax and washing soda are safe ingredients for even your baby’s sensitive skin, and washes out of your clothing nicely, not leaving a lingering irritating residue on your skin.
Make your own detergent that you can store in any detergent bottle and shake before using (it naturally forms into a gloppy gel so shaking beforehand helps loosen it up for distribution) by grating a bar of soap of your choosing with a food processor or shaving it yourself with a cheese grater. Combine this with a cup of Borax, and a cup of washing soda. Pour all the ingredients into a 1/2 quart of boiling water until well-mixed. Pour into a large bucket and add a gallon of water to the solution and mix well. Distribute it into a detergent bottle and use 1/4 of the liquid for every load of laundry you do.
The detergent is an excellent pre-treater as well for stains on clothing, and the Borax and washing soda will not irritate clothing or skin.
To double the recipe, for every bar of soap you use, use a cup of Borax, a cup of washing soda, and 1/2 quart of boiling water to mix. Add to a gallon of water to dilute. You can triple or quadruple this recipe for storing detergent.
Making your own detergent is not only good for your skin, but good for your wallet, making a load of laundry about 2/3 less in costs than normal detergents for a load.
You can also add half a cup of baking soda for every batch you make for odor elimination, and to scent your detergent add 10 drops of essential oil (like tea tree oil or lavender) per individual batch.
Make sure you shake the homemade detergent well for every time you use it so it remains well-blended and doesn’t come out gloppy.
To further make sure that you get all the detergent out of your clothing, add a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle in your clothing to break up and eradicate possible soap residue. This is great for people who don’t make their own detergents as well to make detergents wash all the way out of clothing in the rinse. Vinegar doubles as a fabric softener as well and does not leave odor in the clothing.