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
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.
- 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!