The Smart Laundry Detergent Trick I Learned on TikTok
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Ldahanson September 11, 2021
nanvy August 26, 2021
I was excited about the prospect of making my own detergent however I read a few articles that said this mixture is actually a soap and as such can eventually ruin clothing and the washing machine due to oily build up. Did you see similar information when researching this article? Perhaps I am not seeing all the latest info on this topic. Thank you
Janis O. August 26, 2021
Hello, and thank you for raising some good questions. My own experience with homemade laundry cleaner (since it’s apparently not actually detergent) has been nothing but positive as I commented earlier. However, your comment caused me to do a little digging to see if there’s something I need to be looking out for. As with all information we find online, we have to consider the source and do our own research. Most (but not all) of what I found seems to fall into two camp: people who happily DIY (like me, a stranger on the internet), or people who have a product to sell or promote (including affiliate links). I did spend a fair amount of time browsing the American Cleaning Institute’s site, but didn’t find anything that was either pro or con on this particular concoction. As for my own experience, I have a 20 year old front-loading HE washing machine, use city water, use a small amount of DIY cleaner per load (for 10 years!), typically wash with cold water on the express cycle, and line dry (most clothing) or machine dry (bedding and towels). I treat stains as needed. My laundry smell fresh, my whites are white, there’s no hint of greasiness, and my kitchen towels dry glassware without lint or streaks. As with anything, YMMV.
Janis O. August 24, 2021
Have been making homemade liquid laundry detergent for about a decade now, using a shredded bar of soap, 2 cups washing soda, 2 cups Borax, hot water, and essential oils. It works great in our HE front loader. I make nearly 5 gallons at a time, and each batch lasts about a year. I’m always amazed at what people are willing to pay for commercial detergent compared to a year’s supply for less than $10 a batch. Eliminating all that plastic packaging and shipping is more environmentally friendly, too.
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