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Make Your Own Lavender Laundry Detergent, for Pennies

2/14/2011 12:00:00 AM

Tags: diy project, laundry detergent, baking soda, borax, castile, essential oil, natural cleaners, green cleaners, homemade cleaners

According to our grandmothers’ wisdom (and verified on, Monday is Wash Day. After Sunday’s day of rest, homemakers traditionally took on one of the week’s most difficult tasks: the laundry. Whether you’re disciplined enough to schedule your laundry days or you just do a load or two when you’ve run out of socks and underwear, the following recipe for simple washing powder will make the task more fun. This laundry detergent is simple to make, saves you money and smells heavenly.

laundry detergent 

Lavender-scented laundry detergent is a breeze to make. Photo by Povy Kendal Atchison 

Simple Washing Powder 

• 16 cups baking soda
• 12 cups borax
• 8 cups grated castile or glycerin soap flakes*
• 3 tablespoons lavender, lemon or grapefruit essential oil

Combine baking soda, borax and soap flakes. Add essential oil and mix with a wire whisk. Use 1⁄8 cup per load.

Yield: This recipe makes enough powder to last a family of four one year.

*Try Sun Feather Natural Soap Company, or buy bars of castile soap (e.g. Dr. Bronner’s) and grate with a kitchen grater. 

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