Thursday, August 18, 2011

Homemade Laundry Detergent


I've come across many recipes for homemade laundry detergent and have always kept them in the back of my mind to try. I even got all the ingredients and had them around for months. Finally our detergent ran out. We went to the store to get more and managed to walk out with everything we needed but not the detergent.

I took this as a sign to actually get around to making my own. There are many recipes online and the majority seem to follow the same basic recipe. So I gave it a try and I LOVE it! Our clothes are clean and fresh with no residue. It's so easy and so simple! I've now made three batches to fill our container and it should last us at least six months.


1c Borax
1c Wash Soda
1 Bar of soap

Both borax and wash soda can be found with the laundry detergents at grocery stores etc.

Grate the soap and pulse in a blender or food processor until powdered.

Mix with borax and wash soda.


Use 1 to 3 tablespoons  per load depending on size of load and how dirty it is. Works with high efficiency machines.



  1. Hello! Your blog was recommended to me by a mutual friend, which has me making yogurt in my crock pot *right now*. :) Thanks so much for posting that recipe. I've been toying with the idea of making my own laundry detergent, too - what kind of soap did you use?

  2. Welcome and thanks for reading!

    As for the soap, the first batch I just used a natural bar of regular hard soap that I had on hand (it was lavender scented!) and for subsequent batches I bought Dr. Bronner castile soap, but have heard that a bar of ivory works just as well.

    As someone who is sensitive to chemicals and smells I choose the simpler more basic soap options. When I make my own soap again some day I'll use that.

    thanks for the great question!