How to: Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

detergent_color_web.jpgAbove: making your own laundry detergent takes just minutes and can shave quite a bit off your grocery bill. Illustration: Ellen Lindner

Worried about the impact your laundry powder makes on the environment - and your wallet? So am I!

I find that laundry detergent is one of those things I buy based on brand, not consumer research - but with my grocery bills adding up and environmentally friendly options costing the earth, I have started to rethink my laundry routine from the bottom up.

One solution I've been reading quite a bit about lately is making my own laundry soap. There are a million different recipes out there, so I've done a little homework and have chosen some of the best for you, based on your potential concerns.

Are you vegan?
Now, I'm not vegan, but a lot of my friends are. And those who aren't are still worried about animal testing - it's just not, not, not cool to test human products on animals, in my humble opinion.

The wonderful CM at Vegan Product Reviews has concocted a recipe that's gotten a great response, both for its politics and for its contribution to personal cleanliness - check it out!

vegan_approved.JPGLeft: vegan-certified, cruelty-free ingredients for your laundry soap, courtesy of CM at Vegan Product Review.

Are you allergic?
Worried about allergies? I often feel itchy when I put on freshly-washed clothes - I'm a bit of a delicate flower.

Plus, kids tend to have sensitive skin, compared to adults.

If you're worried about skin irritants in your laundry detergent, check out this EHow how-to for making fully hypoallergenic laundry soap.

Now, we often want more than soap to clean our laundry. Luckily, Natural Home and Garden have shared their ideas in this post, including recipes for stuff like bleach substitutes and pre-wash spray.

Got any experience making your own laundry soap? Got some tips to share with your Crafty Crafty pals? Please share your soapy wisdom in the comments!

How to: Make Your Own Laundry Detergent - Comments

  • Consumer Reports also revealed affordable washers and dryers to help consumers save on their energy bills. Bargain brands of laundry detergent may not be saving you money in the long run. 

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