Homemade Laundry Detergent

With more all-natural products coming out all the time, often with hefty price tags, it’s a clever skill to be able to craft your own cleaners and detergents that are equally as friendly for you as they are for the environment. Homemade laundry soap is one of the easiest how-to’s out there and it can save you hundreds of dollars each year.


Before testing the soap I made sure to run my washer with one cup of white vinegar, one tablespoon of lavender essential oil and hot water just to get rid of any lingering chemicals. Afterward, I ran my first load of laundry and truth be told I am more than impressed with the strength of this detergent. Having any laundry soap that can tackle pasta sauce down the sleeve and grass stains the full length of a pant leg is a wonder, but having that detergent be homemade and safe to use blows my mind.

You only need to use an 1/8 cup of soap for an entire load of laundry, which proves this soap to be extremely cost-effective.

To get started…

First, you will need to buy your ingredients, as mentioned in Homemade What Now? you will need baking soda, washing soda, borax, Castile soap and essential oil (this is optional, and be added per load or to the entire jar depending on your preference). 

Washing Soda – 12 cups (6lbs)

Borax – 8 cups (4lbs)

Baking Soda – 16 cups (8lbs)

Castile Soap – 4 bars

You will also want a large cheese grater to shred the soap as well as a bucket, whisk and large spoon for mixing.

Edit: jumping in here to note that when I first started making this detergent I used a cheese grater to get the castile soap into small peices, by my third or forth batch I had purchased a food processor (for the kitchen) and started to use that instead.

To use a food processor first cut your soap into small pieces, make sure to add about 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of baking soda to the foot processor to prevent the soap from balling up.

Don’t be overwhelmed.

Sometimes making your own household items can seem like a lot of work but this is the easiest DIY you will find. Once you have gathered all of your ingredients, pour them into the bucket, add the grated soap on top and stir. That’s really all there is to it.

This recipe yields just under twenty pounds of laundry detergent which breaks downs to about 360 loads! All of my ingredients only cost me about $30, that’s only $0.08 per each load of laundry.

It’s also virtually plastic-free! The only plastic involved is wrapper around the bars of soap, everything else comes in a cardboard box.

When you’re comparing something in cents it doesn’t seem like the price difference is such a big deal, but when you look at the bigger picture you can save anywhere from $10 to $30 on your laundry every couple months. Keep in mind too that those figures are based on a comparison to products that are not all-natural and therefore have a larger impact on your health and the environment.

Oh, did I mention that this container lasts our family SEVEN months?

If you have any questions about where to find ingredients, how to save more money around the house or what essential oils to try first, leave me a comment below. Until next time, thanks for reading!


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