Homemade Laundry Detergent

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In the DSW Test Kitchen #DSWT13:01

I am always on the lookout to find a laundry detergent more pleasing to the sense of smell and less harsh on all textiles that get laundered week after week.  One with a list of ingredients that I can pronounce, spell and know the meaning of.  After many trials I have come to settle, never being 100% satisfied.  One day, there among the random concoctions I make, from room sprays, cleaners, lip balm and herbal tonics to name a few - it finally hit me - why not create a batch of homemade laundry detergent .  Thus, the search began.

Between the library and internet, numerous recipes appeared.  Most internet recipes had the same list of ingredients except for the varying quantity of each ingredient.  From the comments share, I came to the conclusion it is a matter of personal preference making me wonder who the original creator is on the recipe I chose to test.  The recipe came with a comment as being the best ever homemade laundry detergent though once I began to follow the directions I found the given list of ingredients to buy did not match the list of  ingredients shown in the accompanying photo.

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Here nor there minor adjustments were made. I continued as instructed ending with a rather large batch of laundry detergent considering it only takes two tablespoons per load. If that is the case, then surely this is cost effective.  It took no time to make and personally find it to be far better then any store brought brand.  To date, some 20 loads...  I have yet to find any color fading and a noticeable brightness to whites.  Offering a very pleasing scent with its 100% pure lavender essential oil it is non-abrasive with ample cleaning from ingredients I know how to pronounce, spell and know the meaning of.  Definitely taking the time to make a batch is surely worth the effort.

This detergent was made long after I printed the Homemade Lavender Detergent recipe from the internet;  there is no website or reference to who the recipe originated.  A strong believer of giving credit where credit is due - I apologize and ask, should this post find its way to the creator or one who knows the creator please let me know so I can give proper credit where credit is due.  Know your recipe is one that will continue to be a part of my homemade cleaning products and I thank you.DSW-homemade-laundry-soap3 

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Homemade Laundry Detergent

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