2-Ingredients Laundry Detergent DIY

It is so simple to make your own laundry detergent with only two ingredients! Two! Why I began using this natural laundry detergent is again to eliminate all the chemicals from regular branded detergents!

*WinCo Foods has both ingredients! You can find them in the laundry section of the store.

Ingredients

  • Baking Soda-3lb box
  • Borax-4lb box

Supplies

  • Bowl with a big spoon (for mixing it).
  • Plastic Container (where to keep it).

How to

Mix the two ingredients together in a big bowl. **Try to avoid breathing it in.

Proportions

  • 1/3 of a cup for a heavy load and about 1/4 of a cup for a light load

*If the washing machine is a front loader, take out the tray intended for liquid detergent, and use that compartment for this powder-laundry-detergent.

**For top-load washing machines it’s best to hold it under the running water just after turning it on, even though sprinkling it directly unto clothes is fine too.

How Long Will It Last?

  • 1/3 cup of that laundry detergent will last up to 40 loads.
  • 1/4 cup or a little less up to 53-60 loads or so.

Cost

I like to buy it at WinCo Foods. The price for a box of Borax is $5.97 and a box of Super Washing Soda (baking soda) is $4.46, its total is $10.43 for 53-60 loads or so.

What is Borax?

Borax is a natural mineral (sodium tetraborate) the type of salt, a hydrated or anhydrous borate of sodium.

*It is safe to mix it with chlorine bleach and other store-bought detergents.

Baking Soda

Is an alkaline compound that, when combined with an acid, will produce carbon dioxide gas. It is found in crystalline form in nature but is ground to a fine powder.

Uses

Increases the stain-removal ability from clothes: Pre-soak your laundry for 30 minutes in a DIY laundry detergent in the washer machine on a pre-soak cycle. The alkaline pH of borax and baking soda helps break down the stains such as acidic ones – tomato or mustard.

Disinfects clothing:  Prevents organism growth that may be on your clothes, including fungi.

Neutralizes laundry odors: Inhibits fungi, which often grow in the moist environment of your washing machine and can give it a moldy odor. It also helps get rid of ammonia odor in baby fabrics, diapers, bed pads, and incontinence pads. Borax can also prevent enzymes that produce body odor that can stick to workout clothing and the underarm areas of shirts for good.

Softens hard water: It softens water to a pH of about 8. A neutral pH is 7. Borax is a buffering agent, which keeps the water at the best pH for cleaning action.

Whitens your white clothes without whitening your dark clothes: Converts some water molecules to hydrogen peroxide, a whitening agent. Borax enhances the action of bleach.

Chemicals to Avoid in Other Laundry Detergents

  • Dioxane: Known as a carcinogen.
  • Nonylphenol ethoxylated (NPEs): Can disrupt the hormone system and cause reproductive problems.
  • Phthalates: Can disrupt the hormone system and cause reproductive problems.
  • Tris (2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP): Can have a negative effect on fertility.
  • Formaldehyde: Known as a carcinogen.
  • Bleach: Can damage the liver, kidney, and respiratory system, and irritate the skin.
  • Phosphates: Have been linked to cardiovascular issues and osteoporosis.

Safety

This DIY Laundry Detergent is safe for all machines and he compatible. It is 100% natural, with no phosphates and other harsh chemicals.

Happy washing with this 100% all-natural, mineral-based laundry detergent! Stay healthy.😉

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