Having a washer and dryer in your RV can be a lifesaver! By having this convenience on board, you can wash your camping clothes regularly and wear them repeatedly, meaning less to pack and store in your RV. Also, stains don't stand a chance when they're washed out right away. However if dirt and grime sits on your clothes for longer because you can't wash clothes until you get home, you may find yourself with stains that you can't get out. If you're lucky enough to have a washer and dryer in your RV, consider making your own homemade laundry detergent! Not only will it save you loads of money, but it’s an all-natural way to go (which is better for you and the environment!).
Homemade Laundry Detergent Supplies:
1 bar of natural coconut oil bar soap
1 C. washing soda
1 C. borax
Lemon essential oil
A large Mason jar or other air-tight container
Homemade Laundry Detergent Instructions:
1: Using a grater, grate the bar of soap as finely as you can. If you have a large enough food processor, you can use it to achieve a powder-like texture if you desire.
2: In a large bowl, use a spoon to mix the grated soap, washing soda, and borax together.
3: Add in about 20 drops of the lemon essential oil. This will not only make it smell better, but the lemon will help to break down any dirt on your camping clothes.
4: Put your homemade detergent into the jar and seal it up until you’re ready to use it!
Using Homemade Laundry Detergent
Use this homemade detergent just as you would use store-bought detergent. You need about 1-2 tablespoons per load! If you have a top-loading washing machine, double the amount you use. These machines use twice as much water, so you have to use more soap to get the same effect. Complement your new detergent with a DIY fabric softener too. Here's how!
Homemade Fabric Softener Supplies:
½ C. Epsom salt
5 drops (or more) of your favorite essential oils
1 C. baking soda
6 C. white vinegar
Homemade Fabric Softener Instructions:
1: In a bowl, combine the Epsom salt and oils. You can add more than 5 drops if you want a heavier scent.
2: Place the baking soda into a large container. Then slowly add the vinegar. We say slowly because baking soda + vinegar = a chemical reaction that will foam up. So take it slow so that when it does react, there’s not as much in the container and there’s space to contain the reaction.
3: Add the salt mixture to the baking soda mixture and whisk until dissolved.
Using Homemade Fabric Softener
This fabric softener can be used in a few different ways. One way is by adding ½ cup to each load of laundry, ensuring that you shake it first since it will separate.
Another way is to make a dryer sheet out of it. You can do this by soaking a hand towel in the solution. Then just let it dry. Throw the hand towel into the dryer with each load. It’ll last quite a while. You just keep using it until it’s no longer doing its job, then re-soak it!