DIY Laundry Detergent

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
583 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I don’t have any tips, but how would the homemade detergent do for someone with sensitive skin? DH and I both have sensitivities to most laundry detergents. We are using gain right now, but it is making us itch like crazy. The only one that works for us is All Free snd Clear, but I feel like it doesn’t clean clothes well.

Post # 4
1016 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

If it has borax in it I’d have to pass, and most recipes I’ve seen call for borax and castille soap which isn’t very effective with our hard water. Borax can be really hard on sensitive skin.

I just started using Nellies and I love it. A tiny reusably tin fits in the little laundry closet and gives me 100 washes. No scent, just clean clothes! Well, I do add a few drops of lavender oil sometimes. 



Post # 5
328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@kariebee43:  this is the one I use

  1. Grate the dove sensitive skin bar soap or mix in food processor until finely ground.
  2. In a large bowl, mix 2 parts arm and hammer washing soad, 2 parts borax and 1 part grated soap. (Add a few teaspoons of baking soda if desired).
  3. Store in closed container. I use small animal food storage container as it is large enough to use a scoop in it without making a mess and can hold enough that I make a batch twice a year.
  4. Use 1/8 to 1/4 cup per load of laundry. I disolve mine in 1/2 cup warm water before addind to our top loading washer.

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