If you have sensitive skin… please give my Coconut and Lavender Laundry Detergent a try!
Never a fan of boxed cake mixes or canned soup, I always cook and bake pretty much everything from scratch. But for some reason, I was initially nervous to make my own cleaning or beauty products. Not anymore!
I’ve been making this homemade laundry detergent recipe for my family for over 4 years. I promise it isn’t hard or time-consuming – once you’ve got a few batches under your belt, it takes just minutes!
I used to buy Charlie’s Soap as part of my monthly subscribe and save with Amazon. And to be honest, I did love that detergent. But it was like $15 for 80 loads. Since I have a house full of boys and do like 50+ loads of laundry a week (Kidding, it’s probably more like 10 loads), that was just too expensive for our family. At first, it was tricky to find a replacement that fit my family’s needs – sensitive skin, soft water, and some pretty grimy boy clothes. But after a bit or trial and error, I couldn’t be happier with this recipe.
My Coconut & Lavender Laundry Detergent starts with a bar of coconut-oil based soap. I buy Kirk’s Original Coco Castile Soap – it’s an effective, but gentle cleanser. I prefer the fragrance-free variety (which is easy to find online) but you can find the original Kirk’s soap at Walmart, along with the other ingredients you need: baking soda, super washing soda, and kosher salt. Any brand of essential oil will work, but I appreciate the high quality of Mountain Rose Herbs oils.
- 1 bar of Kirk's Original Coco Castile Soap or fragrance free
- 1 cup super washing soda
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup kosher salt
- 20 drops organic lavender essential oil
- an old laundry detergent container or large glass jar for storing
- Start by grating the bar of soap into a large bowl - or if you've got a food processor, now's the time to use it! Once I have grated the soap using the shredder attachment, I switch to the regular blade and give it a few quick whirs in the processor bowl to make the pieces even smaller. This will just help it dissolve more easily in the washing machine.
- Take the finely grated soap and combine it with the baking soda, washing soda, and kosher salt in a large bowl. Make sure the soap is evenly distributed throughout the rest of the ingredients. Slowly add in the essential oil, stirring as you add it.
- Carefully scoop the detergent into a jar or recycled laundry container.
- Use 1 - 2 tablespoons of laundry detergent depending on the size of the load. I add a tablespoon of white vinegar in the fabric softener slot with each load as well. And for my towels and underwear, I usually add 1 tablespoon of bleach for extra cleaning power.
- This recipe makes about 3 cups - or 40+ loads using 1 tablespoon per load.
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