You might be asking, “What does laundry detergent have to do with GMOs?” Well, actually corn is in virtually everything! So is soy. So, it is not unusual for laundry detergent or other household cleaners to contain gmo corn or gmo soy, as I discovered when I started combing through ingredients labels on everything in my house.
Even before I knew about GMOs, I had a love of trying to make unusual things. This laundry detergent contains a few simple ingredients and is much better for the environment.
In addition this detergent costs a fraction of what store bought costs, freeing up a little more money for my food budget!
You can make powdered or liquid. I prefer to make powdered because I am a little lazy and don’t like to cook my soap! So, here is what you will need for powdered detergent:
Borax is sold under the brand name 20 Mule Team. Super Washing Soda (not to be confused with baking soda) is pictured here.
You also need one bar of your choice of soap (Kirks Castille, Dr. Bronner’s bar soap or Zote) Now, I love to use Dr. Bronner’s Organic Castille soap, especially the lavender scented. But, when you are penny pinching the Zote is great because it is only 1.00 and it makes twice as much detergent as Dr. Bronner’s which sells for around $4.00.
Grate the bar of soap with your cheese grater Mix two cups of grated bar soap with one cup borax and one cup of super washing soda. Mix it up!
Take a small amount at a time and add it to your blender or food processor. Pulse it until you get a fine powder. I find it is important to take this extra step because the detergent dissolves more easily. Pour it all into your container!
When I wash a load of laundry I like to add a couple inches of hot water to the bottom of the washer. I add two tablespoons of detergent to the water and swish it around in the bottom of the washer to help it dissolve. I usually use heaping tablespoons because I have four kids and wash large loads.
Once dissolved, I switch the water to cold for most loads and add the clothes. Because I have hard water, I sometimes add a little extra washing soda. If I am washing whites, I add some extra Borax because it is a natural bleach alternative.
I use white vinegar in a downy ball for a fabric softener. No, it doesn’t make your clothes smell like vinegar!
I hear this recipe works for front loaders because it is not sudsy but I do not own a front loader so I cannot confirm.
Save some money and the planet. Avoid extra chemicals for your family and our water supply. Happy washing and don’t forget to wash your blender well!
Jenny Easley, Co-Founder of GMO Free Idaho