CRU’s Laundry Detergent

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CRU's Laundry Detergent

CRU's Laundry Detergent will help you kick toxins to the curb.  Begin to heal allergies, asthma, and skin conditions with this homemade laundry detergent.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 Gallons
Author: Christy



  • Unwrap all 3 bars of Kirk's Castile Soap and cut into 2 inch strips.  Add one bar to your food processor or Ninja at a time.  Make sure the bars are chopped up into fine granules, then do the next 2 bars just the same.
  • Add all 3 finely processed soap bars, the washing soda (not baking soda), OxiClean, and essential oil to a large pot.  Mix all ingredients thoroughly.
  • Store in a clean preferably glass container.  See notes below.
  • Store any extra in a separate glass container.  This usually yields 1.25 gallons of detergent.
  • For large loads, use 1/2 of a cup.  For small loads, use 1/4 cup.


We are not sneezing or itching anymore! Store bought laundry soaps leave a lot to be desired.  The soaps  never actually leave the garment.  So, you are left to deal with the irritants the entire time you use that detergent.  What they use to make you feel your clothes are clean are additives that are chemical-laden and just- trickery.  HOW SAD!
Truly clean laundry should not have a smell.  Furthermore, it should be fresh, and that is all.  Heavy perfume smells and optical brighteners and whiteners come at a huge cost to us and our waters. 

How To: Switch From Store Bought Detergents

To begin, I soaked my clothes in distilled vinegar and water, Then, I found that I had to wash my clothes twice to finish getting the chemicals out of them (yours maybe more or less).  The first wash, I used distilled white vinegar.  Then, the second wash, I used 1/2 cup of CRU's Laundry Detergent for large loads, and 1/4 cup for small loads.

Some Explanations of Products

The reason I use the Baby OxiClean in lieu of the original is due to the E.W.G. ratings.  
Now Essential Oils  are used for my laundry needs because they are so affordable and come in 4 oz containers. Moreover, I don't have to buy them so frequently when I get the 4 oz bottles.  This recipe has lavender because  you'll see the recipe for CRU's Fabric Softener contains distilled white vinegar.  I have found that lavender smells good with the vinegar.  But I have used peppermint, orange, lemon, and rosemary/eucalyptus combined.

Toxin Free and Happy

Our clothes have been toxin free and so fresh since switching to CRU's Laundry Detergent.  The workers at the laundromat love the place smelling of lavender rather than the toxic V.O.C.s.

How To: Use CRU's Laundry Detergent

For small loads, I like to use 1/4 cup of detergent.  If I am washing a large load, I will add 1/2-3/4 cup to the wash.  Of course, use your preferred amount of detergent.  Just know that you really shouldn't have a smell to your laundry.  It should just be clean. More detergent doesn't equal more clean hahaha.
*Notes* I use this Ninja to grate/process my castile soap.  You can only do one bar at a time.  I usually have to scrape the soap off of the sides and bottom of the Ninja container.  Don't worry, it's soap!  It will clean very easily.
I use this plastic container to transport my laundry detergent safely to and from the laundromat.  Otherwise, use this gallon, glass container.  Happy laundry!

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