How To Make Natural Laundry Detergent In Two Minutes

This post may contain affiliate links. Read our Affiliate Disclosure here.

Making your own laundry detergent is a great way to save money and is a natural way to get your clothes clean without adding questionable chemicals to your water system. This recipe will work in HE washers and will dissolve even in hard water or cold water.

The recipe uses just three simple ingredients and can be doubled or even tripled to suit your laundry needs. All of these ingredients can be found at your local grocery store in the laundry aisle. Check the health, beauty, or organic sections of the store for the natural bar soaps. We have also provided links to purchase the items online at Amazon for your convenience.

Ingredients

About The Ingredients

Some people get nervous at the mention of Borax. No need to fear it! Borax is a naturally occurring mineral made up of sodium, boron, oxygen, and water. It is an effective natural cleaner and a safer alternative to many types of conventional cleaners. Aside from this laundry detergent recipe, there are many ways to use Borax.

Washing Soda is made from common salt and limestone or found as natural deposits. It’s a natural laundry booster and helps lift stubborn stains from clothes.

As for the soap addition to the detergent, I prefer to use Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap. Dr. Bronner’s soaps are fair trade and made with vegetable castile soap and pure organic oils. The hemp citrus bar is perfect for adding a pleasant scent to the detergent, while peppermint, lavender or even unscented versions would be fine.

Homemade Detergent vs Conventional Laundry Soap

One of the first things you will notice when using homemade detergent is the lack of suds. Do not worry -your clothes are still being cleaned. The amount of suds that are made by a laundry detergent have nothing to do with the cleaning power of that product. Detergents clean without producing a vast amount of suds.

How To Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

Watch our one minute video below to see how to make this homemade laundry soap in minutes and subscribe to our YouTube channel here. If you prefer, scroll down to see our step-by-step written instructions with photos.

With the cheese grater, shred one bar of castile soap.

Dump the soap shaving into a large container.

Add in two cups of washing soda and two cups of borax.

Place a lid on the jar and shake until combined. You can use up to 1/4 cup of detergent per small load of laundry.

Read Next: 5 Reasons You Should Start Using Soap Nuts For Laundry, Cleaning & So Much More

About the Author


Debbie Wolfe is a mom of two rambunctious boys, wife, and work-at-home mom from Georgia. When not writing or crafting, she is in the garden or hidden away reading.

Debbie is an obsessive crafter, home chef, and gardener and co-author and photographer behind the garden blog, The Prudent Garden. She is also a regular contributor to garden and crafting content for HGTV, DIYNetwork, and Great American Country. Her first title, Do-It-Yourself Garden Projects and Crafts from Skyhorse Publishing will be available February 2019.