Frugal Friday: Homemade Lavender Laundry Detergent

When facing especially tight finances this summer, I decided to make my own laundry detergent.  I spent awhile researching different options, and decided to make a recipe with Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Soap.

This is the recipe I used: Vegan Homemade Laundry Detergent.  She provides a wonderful explanation (even doing the math; calculating 10 cents per load!).  I doubled the recipe, and keep mine in an old yogurt tub (along with an old measuring spoon).  
I have used this recipe in hot and cold washes, and it has worked perfectly.  I add one Tablespoon of detergent to the water, and it seems to dissolve almost instantly.  Then I add the clothes.  
I still pre-treat stains with Biokleen’s All-Purpose Cleaner, and use White Vinegar in the rinse cycle as a fabric softener.  
I have not tried using this detergent on our cloth diapers.  If anyone has experience with that, let me know!  
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Many people have concerns regarding using Borax, especially on clothing. This recipe was the most frugal concoction I could find during our time of unemployment. At that time, I made no claim to its supposed safety; I just needed to get our laundry clean! :) Since then, we have chosen to use more “safe” natural cleaning methods, as our budget has allowed. Lindsay has a great recipe here for a natural detergent recipe, along with some other safe options. 
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