Zero Waste Laundry Detergent
- 3/4 cup of baking soda
- 3/4 cup of washing soda
- 3/4 cup liquid lavender castile soap
- 5 to 10 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)
- Hot water (enough to dissolve baking + washing soda)
- In a large bowl, mix together the washing soda and baking soda with enough hot water until it’s dissolved. There will be some clumps, so do your best to break them up using a wooden spoon. Pour the solution into a 32 oz. glass mason jar.
- Add in the castile soap and the lavender essential oil (if using). Then, fill the container with warm water almost to the top, leaving a couple inches of space at the top. Cap the jar and mix together until well combined – I just gave it a really good shake. In a few minutes, it should solidify on its own and turn into a gel-like substance.
- You can make so much liquid detergent from one jar of gel detergent. I literally made four 32 oz. jars and a half of liquid detergent from my one jar of gel detergent. Just scoop some gel detergent into a bowl, add hot water, and blend together using an immersion blender. You can also do this using a regular blender. I used about about 4 scoops at a time and approximately 2 cups of water. Just feel it out. When you get the liquid, use a funnel to pour it into the glass container of your choice. You’ll have enough laundry detergent to last for several loads.
Cleaning with zero waste laundry detergent
Storage: Keep this in a dry, dark area. I’m currently storing it in a corner of my apartment next to my laundry bag, and other laundry supplies. That area doesn’t get any direct sunlight at all. You could also put it in a little cleaning caddy or cabinet.
Note: After being placed in storage, your liquid detergent may gel up again, but don’t panic. Just give it a stir with a spoon and it should break up again into liquid (with a few gel clumps in it). This is perfectly fine though, and it’s still usable!
Will you be giving this zero waste laundry detergent a shot? What’s your favorite zero waste way to clean clothes?
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