Skin sensitivities are a big deal in our household. However, purchasing skin sensitive detergent can get very pricey. Several years ago, someone shared with me a homemade laundry detergent recipe that has been amazing for our family.
The detergent works great, unlike what you might think. If you have heavy stains though, I would consider applying some kind of commercial stain remover before washing.
There is no real smell to the detergent except for what comes from the soap itself. You can use essential oils for fragrance if you would like depending on your specific allergies.
All of these ingredients can be purchased at your local grocery store and most likely, they’re all in the laundry aisle. The recipe below will fill up one mason jar. I always make several jars at a time so I have it on hand.
How to Make Allergy Friendly Laundry Detergent
- 1 cup Borax
- 1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
- 1 Bar of Fels Naptha Soap (or plain Ivory Soap) Shaved
- Essential Oils (optional)
- OxiClean (optional)
Start by grating one bar of soap, you can use either Fels Naptha soap or Ivory. The soap does matter, do not use Dove or other brand soaps as they may not dissolve in the washer and could leave soap or other marks on your clothing.
In the same bowl, add Borax & Washing Soda. Be sure to mix well.
At this stage, you can sprinkle some essential oils (found in natural food stores) or add a couple tablespoons of OxiClean for an extra kick if your skin sensitivities allow it.
I personally do not add OxiClean, I believe the detergent works well enough without it but, it’s all personal preference. Some have found OxiClean is useful to get rid of heavy stains such as grass stains or dirt.
This is gentle enough to use in place of baby detergents if you’d like.
I use 2 TBS per load, if you feel you need to use more, that works too. If you are finding shreds of soap or residue after you do a wash of laundry, be sure you’re grating the soap into small pieces. It should dissolve in the water especially warm water although, I use it in cold just fine.
This works well in HE machines too because it is a low-suds formula.
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