Making your own laundry detergent is one of the simplest ways to transition into making your own household cleaning products. My homemade laundry soap recipe is extremely simple to make and VERY budget friendly. BONUS–this recipe works wonderfully for high-efficiency washers!
Why Switch to Natural Laundry Soap?
Have you ever thought about how many chemicals and additives are in your laundry soap? Commercially made conventional laundry detergent can disrupt the delicate balance of your hormones and cause toxicity within the body. Standard laundry detergents are loaded with sulfates, fragrances, phenols, and petroleum distillates. Not only are these chemicals potentially damaging to your health but they are also contaminating water ways and harming the environment.
Making your own homemade laundry soap is super simple + inexpensive. I’ve been experimenting with different recipes and this is the one! It gets mild stains out like a boss with no presoak or stain treatment (for more stubborn stains you may want to use a natural stain treatment like hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, or borax). My DIY laundry soap is also gentle on baby’s skin so it works great for cloth diapers and baby clothes. You only need a few basic ingredients to get started.
DIY Natural Laundry Soap Ingredients:
- 2 cups Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
- 2 cups 20 Mule Team Borax
- 2 bars Dr. Bronner’s Uncented Castille Bar Soap, grated
- 15-20 drops essential oil of choice (optional–leave out for baby’s sensitive skin)
Grate both bars of soap using a hand grater or food processor and place in a large bowl. I used a hand grater and it took some muscle!
Measure out two cups each of the washing soda and borax. Use a spoon to mix everything together since these items can dry out the skin a bit.
We made two batches – one for everyday laundry with lemongrass essential oil and one for cloth diapers with no scent.
Store the finished product in a glass jar with an air-tight seal.
Use 1-2 tablespoons per load.
Ready to make your own laundry detergent? Share your experience in the comments below!