Homemade Laundry Detergent

Homemade Laundry Detergent | areturntosimplicity.com

I always like it when I can easily and cheaply make something I would otherwise have to buy.

There are multiple DYI laundry detergents out there, but unfortunately many of them use Borax as an ingredient, which I am not comfortable with. At the very least, contact with borax can cause skin irritation and respiratory issues, so after much research and combining of recipes, this basic trio of ingredients is what we use.

  1. salt
  2. washing soda
  3. bar of soap

Homemade Laundry Detergent | areturntosimplicity.com

Grate your bar of soap. (I personally prefer to use either a homemade bar soap or Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap.)

*Note that I am making a double batch here in the pictures…

Homemade Laundry Detergent | areturntosimplicity.com

Measure out 3 cups of washing soda and one cup of salt.

Homemade Laundry Detergent | areturntosimplicity.com

Mix the salt, washing soda, and grated soap all together in a jar.

That’s it!! Your homemade laundry detergent is finished!

Homemade Laundry Detergent | areturntosimplicity.com


Homemade Laundry Detergent
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  • 1 bar of natural soap
  • 3 cups of washing soda
  • 1 cup of salt
  1. Grate the bar of soap with a fine grater or use a food processor.
  2. Mix all ingredients together.
  3. Use 1 T per load.

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8 responses to “Homemade Laundry Detergent”

  1. JESSICAM says:

    The serving amount~ is that for a large load or a medium size load and does this do good in HE washing machines? I have five kids and do LOTS of washing. I normally use a liquid detergent, but I would like to try this. Also do you have anything you use as a spot remover?

    • Angi says:

      1 Tablespoon for a lg-Xlg load. I usually use oxiclean spray for spot remover. I tried using peroxide, but didn’t have great luck. If you are using a HE front loader machine, I might use a little less detergent, but you can experiment and see what works best for you. I have used this detergent in my mom’s HE front loader, and I used about 3/4 T for a huge load.

  2. Karin Phillips says:

    How does this do for whites? I am currently using another homemade recipe but the whites come out grayish.

    • Angi says:

      It does pretty well alone Karin, but I do also use a bit of oxiclean with my white loads, and they come out quite nicely!

      • Kat says:

        Do you use oxiclean instead of bleach?

        • Angi says:

          Yes, I prefer Oxiclean Free because it is unscented and is much less harsh on our skin. I avoid bleach because of all the negative side effects, and also because, with our mineral-y water, it turns all our clothes grey instead of white!

  3. Yuki says:

    I’m assuming this is as safe and natural it gets…. So it should be good for clothe diapers and baby clothes!? I don’t know why corporations sells detergent swith with unnatural stuff as “for baby”….

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