Make-It-Monday: Liquid Laundry Detergent Using Castile Soap

Happy Monday!

This week our laundry detergent recipe is a liquid version.   I’ve made a liquid castile soap detergent in the past, which is a naturally mild soap and great for those with sensitivities or for washing baby clothes, but it was too mild for my laundry needs.

Then I found this recipe that included washing soda, which is a great additive and combined with the castile soap makes for extra muscle to fight strong odors.

If you normally wash laundry using cold water, a dry detergent mix might not fully dissolve and could potentially clog things up.  So a liquid version like this is a great option to have.

Here is the recipe compliments of Bren and her blog Brendid.com

LAUNDRY DETERGENT LIQUID WITH CASTILE SOAP

INGREDIENTS

  • Super Washing Soda – 7 oz (2/3 cup)
  • Baking Soda- 1.5 oz (3 Tbsp)
  • Liquid Castile soap – 1/2 cup, any scent –
  • Water– 5 cups, divided

DIRECTIONS

  1. Bring 5 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Pour washing soda into a large glass bowl then slowly stir in 2 cups of boiling water until washing soda is completely dissolved.
  3. Add one tablespoon of baking soda at a time and stir well to combine. The mixture will thicken as baking soda is added until it is a pudding-like texture.
  4. Stir in ½ cup Castile soap until well combined.  Slowly stir in remaining 3 cups of boiling water.
  5. Cool to room temperature, the mixture will separate while cooling. (See separation in picture below.)
  6. Combine separated mixture by blending or whisking until smooth. (Tip: Pour the mixture into two quart size Mason jars before cooling then screw on a blender bottom to easily blend until smooth.)
  7. Store liquid detergent in a glass bottle. Use 1/3 cup per load of laundry

I’m two loads deep into my batch and I’m very happy with it.  I’ve noticed the essential oils I added seem to carry over better than my dry detergent recipe.

If you link to Bren’s blog you can see she even does a cost breakdown per load.  I compared it to the price of ingredients I sell in the shop and am happy to report that it was very close.  Mine was just slightly cheaper.  (*Insert embarrassing celebratory dance here)

So if you’re still searching for that perfect DIY laundry recipe, give this a shot and see how it measures up.  Feel free to comment on your likes and gripes as well.  I find myself reading comments a lot before I try a new recipe and it’s extremely useful.

This will end our series of laundry related recipes this month.  Stay tuned for the theme for November – – it is going to be a great challenge!

 

Make-It-Monday: Reusable Fabric Softener

I had actually planned on sharing a new laundry detergent recipe this week.  Then I stumbled upon a recipe for home made fabric softener.

I HAVE to try this.

I currently use a wool dryer ball which works like a charm.   I have absolutely no complaints about it.  The only real downside is sometimes it gets lost in my sheets and I don’t want to dig through the laundry to find it before moving the next load from the washer to the dryer.  I have an outdoor laundry room that has no space for folding laundry – so when I’m pulling things out of the dryer, it’s with the intent of bringing it all inside to sort and fold. Thus the dryer ball dilemma.

Vinegar is said to help reduce static cling when using it in washing or drying your clothes. The way I see it, even if it doesn’t work AS good as my wool dryer ball, it’s SOMETHING.  Because honestly, I’ve used nothing at times when I couldn’t find my dryer ball.  Having this recipe on hand in the laundry room will be a game changer for me.

The recipe is from the Bren Did Blog

NATURAL HOMEMADE FABRIC SOFTENER & DRYER SHEETS RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 c. White vinegar
  • 2 c. Water
  • 1/8 c. Vegetable glycerin
  • 10-20 drops Essential oil (optional)
  • cotton cloth (for dryer sheets)

LIQUID FABRIC SOFTENER DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine white vinegar, water and glycerin in a glass jar. (To make liquid fabric softener mix together in a vinegar jug, it’s easy to pour into the machine.)
  2. Add essential oils, if desired, and stir or shake to combine. 

DRYER SHEET DIRECTIONS

Add 100% cotton cloths to the fabric softener container. Mine are made from flannel fabric and are approximately 5  x 8 inches. Stitch around the edge to prevent unraveling (this step is cosmetic – you can simply rip up strips of flannel or cotton jersey). Tip – An old 100% cotton t-shirt can be cut up and made into dryer sheets. Make sure it’s 100% cotton.)

HOW TO USE HOMEMADE FABRIC SOFTENER

  • Liquid Fabric Softener – Add ½ cup to the final rinse cycle. Use fabric softener dispenser or a dispenser ball.
  • Fabric Softener Sheets – Remove a fabric sheet from the jar and squeeze so it is not dripping. Add a sheet to the dryer with wet laundry and dry as usual.

So not only are we saving our skin from awful chemical what-nots in standard dryer sheets, we’re given an opportunity to repurpose that old flannel or shirt you may have been debating getting rid of.

It’s empowering to be able to repurpose items and make your own everyday products without having to deal with one-time-use packaging and plastics.  As an extra perk:  it’s almost always cheaper to make your own too! It’s a win win situation and Wild Radish Studio will continue to make it more accessible on a local level as well as by sharing recipes like these.

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Disclaimer:  The recipes & benefits provided are for general reference only and should not be taken as medical advice. Wild Radish Studio does not guarantee the accuracy of information provided on referenced blogs & websites. Products and/or information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Please do your research & make decisions in partnership with your healthcare provider. If you are pregnant, nursing, have a medical condition or are taking any medication please consult with your physician.

Make-It-Monday: Homemade Stain Remover Spray

Last week I confessed that I avoid wearing white at all costs because I’m a mess-magnet.   This week I’m sharing a recipe for a DIY stain remover that may very well have me singing a different tune!

This will be my shortest post ever because Kristin Marr did all of the hard work – check out her blog Live Simply for some awesome before and after photos of different stains inflicted on white clothing.

Homemade Stain Remover Spray

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup vegetable glycerin 
  • 1/4 cup water Clean tap water is fine for short-term use. Use distilled or boiled and cooled water for long-term use.
  • 1/4 cup castile soap I like orange, tea tree, or peppermint
  • 1 Tbsp. hydrogen peroxide 3%
  • 40 drops lemon essential oil Lemon is the key ingredient. Since a fresh-squeezed lemon would cause this solution to expire quickly. I go with lemon essential oil. Feel free to use 1-2 juiced lemons if you plan to use the spray within 1-2 days.

Instructions

  1. In a dark spray bottle (or a clear bottle that’s covered with a dark bag, tape, or stored in a dark location–due to the hydrogen peroxide), combine all the ingredients. Gently shake before use. 

So there you have it.  We have all the ingredients in the store and will soon have a few amber colored spray bottles we are testing out. Bring your own jar or spray bottle just in case – see you in the store!

Make-It-Monday: Standard Powdered Laundry Detergent

My biggest concern in washing clothes is getting rid of the stink. My husband and I are pretty active, which means lots of soiled work out clothes.  You know the reputation gym socks have – that’s the kind of stink I want my detergent to be able to eliminate.

There’s also a few tricks of the trade that are helpful:

For extra stinky clothes – wash in HOT water.  Add vinegar or an extra scoop of detergent if it’s really bad.  I try not to mix the active wear clothes with other clothing – that stink can jump garments if your detergent isn’t quite doing the trick or if your active wear is just abnormally awful.

A simple cold water soak will do wonders for preventing a stain before you try to wash the culprit out.  We’ll be posting some DIY stain solutions this month as well – just remember these recipes might not work as well as bleach or chemical filled options.  Our goal of course is to find the next best thing as far as green alternatives go.

This is my current go-to recipe for making laundry detergent.  It’s relatively easy to make and just as easy to use.  This recipe comes from Live Simply 

BORAX-FREE POWDERED LAUNDRY DETERGENT

Ingredients

  • 1 5-ounce castile soap bar unscented, or your favorite scented variety
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 30-40 drops essential oil optional*, example: 15 drops eucalyptus and 15 drops lavender

Instructions

Cut the bar into small, thin slices.

Place the soap chunks in a food processor bowl.

Pulse until the soap resembles small crumbles (almost like finely crumbled feta cheese). Alternatively, shred the soap with a sharp cheese grater into a large bowl. 

Add the remaining ingredients to the food processor, and place a dish towel over the processor bowl (optional, if you find the powder is circulating in the air). Pulse until the ingredients are well combined and the mixture resembles a fine powder.

Add the essential oil, if using. Place the dish towel over the bowl again. And pulse for just a few seconds to combine.

Pour the soap into a storage container with a lid. The soap will keep for at least 6 months.

To Use:

Stir or shake the soap before use. Scoop 1-2 tablespoons (for HE machines) or ¼ cup for top-loaders, and add directly to the clothes in the washer (not the soap dispenser). Use the warmest water possible for your clothing. See the troubleshooting tips below for more help. 

What’s nice about this recipe is that it tackles strong odors with washing soda and baking soda, as well as helps soften clothes by the addition of salt.
I’ve been using this recipe successfully for 4 months now and haven’t felt the need to change things up.  I haven’t noticed any issues with abnormal color fading. We wear a lot of dark clothing, likely due to our clumsy demeanor and the ability of darker clothes to hide stains!  That being said, I can’t attest to how this detergent does with whites since we tend to avoid having white garments at all.
What are some of your laundry tips & tricks? Feel free to share!