Urban Green Life: Introduction and Laundry Detergent


Freesolarts is introducing Urban Green Life, a column dedicated to healthy, sustainable living. Here, you will find recipes for everyday products that save you money and possibly your health. With each recipe comes a reason to use it, whether it’s to save you money or to avoid chemicals found in the original, store-bought product. At Sol Collective, we believe you should know what you’re bringing into your body and home.

Finding simple replacements for day-to-day necessities is an easy way to start going green. For our first post, we’ll be teaching you how to make your own laundry detergent with four simple ingredients.

In the past, neurotoxins and carcinogens have been found in mainstream laundry detergents like Tide . Neurotoxins have been proven to cause learning disabilities and other brain defects, whilst carcinogens can cause cancer and other illnesses. The truth of the matter is, we don’t know what goes into Tide or Shout without doing some serious research. So why not start making your own laundry detergent with four simple ingredients that cost close to nothing?

This recipe seriously amazed me. I was skeptical when I first tried it, but after the first use, I was hooked. It leaves your clothes smelling nice and fresh, and cleans just as well as any other detergent. You save so much by making this in bulk, since only two table spoons are needed per load; a little goes a long way. Here’s what you’ll need, all available at Target:


  • 1 cup borax

  • 2 cups baking soda

  • 1 bar ivory soap

  • 5-10 drops tea tree oil

You will also need a cheese grater, a large bowl or bucket (depending on how much you make) for mixing  and a container of some sort. The one I used for mine used to contain peanuts.

First, you will want to measure out your baking soda and borax and blend together in your mixing bowl. From there, you will grate the Ivory soap into fine shreds and add to the mixture. Once you stir that, you can add the tea tree oil. Since I made the smallest amount my first time, I just shook up the container. If you’re making it in bulk, you’ll just need to stir it very thoroughly.

I use around two tablespoons of detergent per load of laundry, depending on its size. You can also add vinegar when washing as a natural fabric softener. Don’t worry, the tea tree oil overpowers the scent of the vinegar.

If you try this recipe, tell us how it worked out for you.

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