Sal Suds in the Laundry (Video)

Take a look at my 2019 update of this video: Green Laundry Care with Dr. Bronner’s.

Sal Suds makes a fabulous laundry detergent.  This video shows how simple it is.  Clothes are left clean, soft, and fragrance-free.  Sal Suds is gentle enough for any washable delicates (although it cannot be substituted for dry cleaning).  It works at any temperature, and rinses fully with hot or cold.

The baking soda and vinegar are optional.  I only use them on my whites, or if a load is really smelly.  Be sure to put the vinegar in the rinse cycle only.  If it mixes with the baking soda during the wash cycle, it will cancel out the cleaning capabilities.

I do not have a front loading, HE machine, so I have not tried this recipe out there.  Generally, we had been recommending cutting the ingredient quantities in half, but we’ve heard that there is also an issue with mold in the HE machines, and I don’t know how to counteract that without bleach.

So, here’s my recipe for a top loading washer:

·         2-3 Tbsp. Sal Suds for a large load


·         ½ c. baking soda added to the wash cycle;

·         1 c. vinegar added to the rinse cycle

248 thoughts on “Sal Suds in the Laundry (Video)

  1. Hi Lisa,

    Could I replace the baking soda with washing soda? I just bought a big bag of washing soda with grand plans to make my own laundry detergent, but after much research I’m deciding to use Sal’s Suds as laundry detergent instead. I would hate to waste the washing soda.

    • Hi Abigail- Washing soda and baking soda do the same thing (and are very similar chemically), but washing soda has a pretty high pH and is likely to wear down fabrics very quickly. Don’t throw the washing soda away though. Save it for your really grungy loads. For every day laundry, I don’t use baking soda at all, as I find Sal Suds does a great job on it’s own. I’m wrapping up an updated laundry post (this is an oldie!), so keep your eyes peeled for it.

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