Easy Homemade Laundry Detergent (without Borax)


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This is a post I have been waiting about three months to put up. Why? Because I wanted to test out my homemade product for a good long while to make sure it really worked before I shared it with you. And guess what? Can I just say, this easy homemade laundry detergent is awesome. It is incredibly easy to make and costs mere pennies.

Being the crunchy momma that I am whenever I used to purchase laundry soap from the grocery store I would always get the most natural, non-toxic, good-for-the-environment. (Read: the VERY, most expensive bottle). It would just kill me every time I had to fork over money to buy a new jug, which when you factor in that my husband works manual labor and my daughter uses cloth diapers, was pretty often. And on top of that, when you turn over any bottle of laundry soap and you read the list of ingredients the list always goes 1) water 2) a bunch of chemistry terms I don't recognize. 


So I decided to embark on a journey to make my own. This is my recipe. It may not work for everyone but it works for us. We even use it on diaper loads without any problems.




Easy Homemade Laundry Detergent


Makes 1 quart

1 quart-sized container
1 tablespoon washing soda (Where to buy. Or make your own)
1 tablespoon baking soda 
1.5 tablespoons liquid Castile soap.)
1 quart very warm water

In a small cup mix washing soda and baking soda together. Turn on tap water as hot as it gets. Add water to almost fill cup and quickly stir the powder mixture and dissolve thoroughly. Pour into quart-sized container. Add more water to almost fill. Shake well. Pour in Castile soap. Shake vigorously. Add more water to fill the container. Use 1/3-1/2 cup for regular load. More for a heavily soiled one. (Note: to learn how I wash cloth diapers go here.)

It's that easy.

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27 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe, Jacquelyn! I was actually just cleaning the disgusting detergent residue off my washer today and this is such a great solution. I love eco friendly tips! Would love for you to share at the party tonight! xo Bridgett

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    1. Hey Bridgett! Thanks! Sorry I missed it. Maybe another time!

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  2. Thank you for sharing your wonderful laundry detergent recipe with us! My recipe is still packed. I am going to try yours this weekend.

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    1. Wonderful! Would love to know how you like it.

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  3. I have the high efficiency washer/dryer. Do you know if I can use this in it? I'm so sick of washing with all of the chemicals but didn't realize when I bought this set that they require special detergents. Personally, I think it's a gimmic to sell their high priced chemicals, they refer to as detergent. I would love to know this will work for me!

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    1. I also wonder if it is a gimmick, but since I am not sure I can't say! I don't have an HE but someone else commented who said they use homemade detergent with a HE. Hope that helps...

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  4. I have an HE washer also and I use 1/4 cup of homemade detergent and it do NOT harm my machine. In fact..the nasty musty smell is also gone once I started using it

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    1. Good to know! Thanks for sharing! Was it this homemade detergent recipe? Or another?

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  5. Yeah! I'm glad to finally see a recipe without Borax, I'm still on the fence with that one. Have you made a giant batch yet, for a 2 or 5 gallon bucket? I'm wondering what the amounts would be. I'll try what you have first. I have the "environmentally friendly" Costco detergent. I think they changed the formula because it is very perfumy! It almost makes me sick. Yet another reason to start purchasing Castile soap, can't wait! Thanks so much!

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    1. I also noticed that with the Costco detergent! I thought I was just going crazy. But, I bet your right... I bet they did change the recipe. Makes me sick, too!

      I haven't made a giant batch but I have at least doubled the recipe. I don't see any reason why you couldn't though...

      Let me know how it works for you! Thanks for stopping in and commenting!

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  6. I made this laundry detergent and I'm loving it, but... lately my diapers come out smelling clean, then my baby pees and they smell like poopie. I wash them with 1/3 cup detergent, and put peroxide in the bleach dispenser, and vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser. I also do the cold prewash and hot wash, then 2 cold rinse cycles. Is there something I may be doing wrong?

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    1. I haven't used peroxide for washing diapers.. what does that do?

      I use this soap for diapers. This is what I do: cold rinse, then a hot rinse with vinegar (about a 1/2-1 cup
      for a big load), then wash with the soap. Maybe try that and see if it works?

      Hope that helps!

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  7. I'm interested in trying our own detergent, but my worry is the septic system. Do you have a septic system? Do you know if it's septic safe?

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    1. I don't. Not sure the answer. If you find anything out let me know!

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  8. I too am curious about a septic system...is that what you have? If so, no problems...??

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    1. Hey! Sorry I can't help you out! I d/on't have a septic system... When you buy laundry soap at the store does it specify that it's "septic safe"? I'm not familiar...

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    2. Homemade soaps are better for the septic systems than store bought. We have cess pool here and just toss in a little bit of Rid-X every couple of months and never have any problems at all. The less chemicals you use in the septic systems, the better, which means the biodegradable castile soaps are much better than the store boughts. Try to avoid chlorine bleach, as that kills the helpful bacteria in the system :-)

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  9. This is great! I'm going to share on facebook right now! Thanks!

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  10. I couldn't get the two sodas to dissolve. They bonded together like cement. What did I do wrong? Help!

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    1. Hey Elizabeth! Sorry it took me a while to get back to you. Was busy holiday-ing with both sides of the family.

      To answer your question I am not sure EXACTLY what went wrong, but I have two ideas. I will specify the directions even more in the post now due to this.

      Did you mix the bs and ws in a separate cup and stir really well when you added the water? Did you use hot water? I have had this happen to me before when I used cold water. You need to use hot/really warm water (I just use the tap water as hot as it gets) and stir immediately to dissolve in the water.

      I am not sure what is happening chemically to make the difference... but let me know if that helps. :)

      Sorry this happened!

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  11. My husband cant have castile soap ::(makes his skin itch.

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  12. Would it be okay to use the Peppermint Castile Soap? No babies here, and that's what I have on hand!

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  13. I am so glad you have eliminated the Borax ffrom your recipe....most people seem unaware that it is not really good for us or the environment....check it out at the Environmental Working Group website...they rate it with an F....ewg.org

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  14. Loved your article. Question: How much would you recommend for a regular load in an HE washer?

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  15. Have you ever tried the soap nuts/berries? I have been reading that they are good and gentle on everything plus they seem to soften without fabric softener. Wondering if anyone has used them and what they think.

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  16. hello..i have a basic question about storing both this laundry soap and the baking soda shampoo&vinegar mixture. do we have to prepare from scratch everytime we need to do the laundry, and alsosame with the shampoo, doi need to prepare everytime i need to wash my hair? or can i prepare a big container and use it until it finishes? its important for me to know since preparing everytime is very time consuming. thanks:)

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