The 4 basic ingredients of homemade laundry detergent are Borax, Arm & Hammer Washing Soda, Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and Fels-Naptha bar soap. I also added Oxi Clean and doTERRA Wild Orange essential oil, to give it a little extra cleaning power, and a delicious citrus scent. Here is how each of these ingredients work to create the best, most effective laundry detergent.
NOTE: This detergent can also be used in front loading HE washing machines! Since homemade laundry detergent doesn’t contain a sudsing agent it is safe for a high-efficiency washer. For front-loading machines, use about two tablespoons of your homemade detergent and mix the detergent with two tablespoons of hot water before adding to the dispenser. ()
When I was done with my research I was actually shocked at what I had discovered! Reading all the materials on the ingredients for homemade laundry detergent made me feel confident to use it in my own home because I think any of these ingredients on their own would clean our clothes efficiently but when you add them all together they make an incredibly efficient detergent with maximum cleaning power for all types of water! Years ago we lived in a house with hard water and it was impossible to use a dry detergent because it wouldn’t mix with the water, I wish I had known about this great recipe!
That is why some love certain recipes for homemade detergent because it has all the things which make for the right chemical reaction to soften the water and rinse well. Like our recipe calls for washing soda and Borax. If you added either or both along with your regular detergent you would probably get the same results. They both cause the minerals (that’s what causes hard water) to cling to them allowing the soap or detergent to foam and wash the clothes better.