Homemade Laundry and Dish Detergent – Tried and True

Over the past year or two I have been trying out recipes for homemade cleaning supplies thanks in part to Pinterest.  There have definitely been some fails, but I am happy to say these two recipes are tried and true.  I have made multiple recipes of these and they work really well. I have found that you can buy most of the ingredients at the grocery store (for example washing soda is in with the detergents at my grocery store), I did need to buy the citric acid online.

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe (Borax Free)

The gal on the blog I got this recipe from did an actual Tide style washing of a white cloth with three different stains on it and compared it to store bought detergent.  She showed that the homemade stuff worked just as well as the store bought detergent.  I have found this to be true as well – I have been using this detergent on our clothes for the last year.  In fact I competed in the ‘Dirty Girl’ mud race and washed all of my stuff (shoes included) completely clean with one wash in this homemade detergent.

DirtyGirl2Aren’t We So Cute???

Some things to expect with homemade laundry detergent is that it doesn’t have naughty bleach included – so I encourage you to look up recipes on a safe whitener.  I actually just let my whites go off white and just not care too much about the whole thing.  Also, because this recipe uses real soap it provides a natural ‘fabric softener’.


Oh, and a little quick tip: I’ve found it’s good to write the recipe right on the container so that I don’t have to look it up again the next time.

Homemade Dish Detergent Recipe

So, my water is hard… like stubbed your toe on it hard.  We have HUGE problems in our household like spots on glasses.


Well it bothers Mat more than it bothers me… Even still, I have found that compared to other dish detergents I have made, this one actually does pretty well in not leaving too many unsightly spots.  I also use vinegar in the rinse cup.  That being said, my full disclosure is that I use this homemade dish detergent recipe MOST of the time and then every once in awhile I use the store bought nasty stuff to get rid of any spot build up.

I figure that if it is good enough to use most of the time, then I am really reducing the amount of harsh chemicals that go down the drain and into the environment.

Well, good luck with these!  Let me know how they perform for you.

Thanks, EM


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