DIY series: Laundry detergent

Good JuJu Herbal DIY series is going to be a series of short blog posts about quick and easy DIY recipes everyone can and should do. Learning to make basic products is essential to avoiding chemicals and saving money. 

The first DIY is laundry detergent. Most people have no idea that laundry detergent is one of our regular house hold products with the most chemicals. It also contains many common allergens. How many times have you heard someone say "I'm breaking out in a rash, I think its my laundry detergent" (disclaimer: I may have a skewed view considering that I was that person for years and regularly had random conversations with random people about laundry detergents before I found out about my contact allergies -_-). 

*insert rant about all of the chemicals, foaming agents, and fillers in all store bought laundry detergent.* So, I won't rant, but I will say this, please just stop using laundry detergent, if you flip over the back and read the mile long ingredient list and then see a giant warning label, just remember that those chemicals are going to come directly in contact with your skin. If you are using an all natural detergent take the time to look up what's inside and if it is really worth the cost. 

If avoiding chemicals isn't enough of a reason to make your own then the large amounts of money you will be saving probably will. Here is a break down of price per load!

  • Arm & Hammer® liquid 100 ounce detergent – $6.79 – 32 loads = $0.21 per load
  • Tide® with Bleach powder 267 ounce detergent – $20.32 – 95 loads = $0.21 per load
  • 7th Generation liquid 100 ounce detergent - $12.99 - 66 loads = 0.19 per load
  • DIY washing powder 32 oz detergent - $ 2.98 - 64 loads = 0.05 per load

Now on to the the fun part! 

What you will need: 

  • 1 bar Good JuJu Herbal Lemongrass soap.
  • 1 cup borax, can be found at any grocery store.
  • 1 cup washing soda, can be found at any grocery store.
  • 10-20 drops essential oil of choice. (ex. lavender) 

Assembly directions:

1. Grate your bar of soap with any grater you have on hand until the entire bar is grated. 

2. Mix soap shavings in a bowl with the pre measured soda ash, borax, and essential oils. 

3.  Pour laundry mix into air tight glass container to store. 

Use 2 tablespoons for medium to large loads. 


*This laundry powder should be HE washer safe. HE washing detergent is specifically designed to not make a lot of suds. That is the only difference in HE and non-HE washing detergent. This DIY makes next to no suds, meaning it is HE safe.* 

If you have any questions on variations, or just want to chat, comment below or email me anytime!

Love and gratitude always,

Judith Jones