The cost of laundry can really add up. Clothing, underwear, bed linen, towels, the list of things you need to wash is endless. Unfortunately, the laundry detergent you use is not. Constantly having to stock up on detergent is not cost effective, which is why you should save yourself the money and make your own DIY detergent.
- The benefits of DIY detergent
- What you’ll need
- The recipe
- Top tips
- How Laundryheap can help
The benefits of DIY detergent
Aside from being cost effective, there are a lot of benefits of DIY detergents. Firstly, you have complete control over the ingredients that you want to include. This means, there are no harmful chemicals or added toxins that could cause skin irritation. Not to mention, the lack of harmful chemicals and toxins is much better for the environment. Additionally, through making your own detergent you are not buying unnecessary packaging and are, therefore, decreasing the use of single-use plastic.
What you’ll need
To make your DIY detergent you need three simple ingredients:
- Washing Soda
- A bar of natural soap
You can make your DIY detergent in three easy steps:
- Grate your bar of soap- using a food processor will make this step a lot easier, but a hand-held greater will work just fine.
- Add the grated soap to 250ml of washing soda and 250ml of Borax
- Stir the mix well
Use three level teaspoons per wash and store the rest of your detergent in a lidded container. Don’t forget to label your container so people know what’s inside- for extra safety add a list of ingredients to your label.
If you want to make your DIY detergent last longer, make a bigger batch by doubling the amounts of each ingredient, but using the same ratios.
How Laundryheap can help
If you want to save your DIY detergent for clothing only, our Home and Bedding service can be used on the remainder of your washing. We will pick up, launder and deliver your items back to you within 24 hours, at no extra cost. Book your slot on our Laundryheap app.