Green Tip of the Week!

Green It Yourself! How YOU can make your RedHawk life a little Greener.

By Keely Dunham-Adkins

Green Tip of the Week: Homemade Laundry Detergent


Photo by Keely Dunham-Adkins


Being an eco-friendly person isn’t a destination; it is a series of baby steps! As a college student, I find it exceptionally difficult to practice sustainability. However, one of the easiest ways to be eco-friendly is through laundry detergent! I make my own with only three ingredients. Not only is it healthier for the environment, but it also saves me money.

Ingredient ratio:

  • 1 part grated natural soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s in Lavender, but Ivory works just as well!)
  • 2 parts Borax
  • 2 parts Washing Soda

I store my homemade laundry detergent in a glass jar and use 2 or 3 tablespoons depending on the load size. You can purchase the Borax and washing soda in boxes at Wal-Mart in the laundry detergent aisle. If you want added scent you can add 20 drops of lavender or citrus essential oil.

I was skeptical at first but after my first successful load I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to paying big dollars for harsh, chemical-filled laundry soap. My clothes smell clean and I love being able to tell people that I make my own laundry detergent. My inspiration comes from this blog.

* If you live in a dorm put the laundry detergent in section “A” of the pullout drawer in the washing machine!

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