On laundry day I separate my dark laundry from my white laundry like most people do, but to cleanse my laundry I use homemade laundry detergent instead of chemical filled kinds. One of my favorite homemade laundry detergents to make for washing my white laundry with is my lemon lavender laundry detergent for whites. It contains basic ingredients, smells lovely, and it helps pull all the sweat stains, dirt, grim and oils from my laundry beautifully.
Basic Ingredients for Lemon Lavender Laundry Detergent
The basic ingredients I use for making my lemon lavender laundry detergent are a liter of hydrogen peroxide, a half liter of freshly squeezed lemon juice or organic store bought lemon juice already squeezed, twenty five drops of lavender essential oil and ten drops of lemon essential oil. You will need a gallon of water too.
All of these ingredients I typically always have on hand for making natural household cleaners with for cleaning my home, but if you do not already have these ingredients on hand, you should be able to find them easily at a whole food grocery store or herbal shop in your local area.
The materials you will need on hand for making the lemon lavender laundry detergent are a large two-gallon bucket or container with a lid to store the laundry detergent in, a funnel for easy pouring of the ingredients and a wooden paint stick for combining the ingredients together.
If you do not have a wooden paint stick, a metal or plastic mixing spoon would work just as well. If you cannot seem to find a large bucket or container to store your laundry detergent in, you can just use empty clean milk jugs instead.
Making the Detergent for Whites
To make the laundry detergent for whites, pour all the ingredients into the storage container of your choice. Then with the wooden paint stick or mixing tool of your choice combined the ingredients together. Once the ingredients are combined together well, you will have a foggy white appearing liquid with a strong pleasant, yet calming lemon lavender scent that I find very pleasing and uplifting. After the detergent is made, I place the containers I have stored it in near my washer machine for easy use on laundry day.
Using the Laundry Detergent for Cleansing Whites
When laundry day comes, I take my white load of laundry and scoop them into the washer machine. Then I add in three cups of my lemon lavender laundry detergent, turn the water on hot so the whites get a deep cleaning and turn the washer machine right on. I usually use the gentle cycle, but for towels I use the regular cycle for a deeper clean. Once the laundry is done washing, it looks bright, white, smells fresh, and clean.
Now, if you have some seriously stained or dirty white laundry that needs a deeper cleansing, add four cups of the laundry detergent in with the laundry instead of just three. It will allow the laundry detergent in the machine to be more potent and concentrated too really get a deeper clean for your super dirty whites.
Do not ever use the lemon lavender detergent on colored clothing because it can bleach them and you will not want that. This homemade laundry detergent for whites is specifically for washing and cleansing white laundry only. If you stick to cleansing white laundry only, you will not have a problem with this homemade laundry detergent for washing whites at all.