Homemade Laundry Detergent

My first time making my own laundry detergent was four years ago. I made a liquid version, and I hated it. Once I ran out, I switched to making this powder detergent. It is more convenient and has worked effectively for me ever since. I’ve used homemade laundry detergent in many different washing machines – top loading, front loading, high efficiency, old school – without issue.

Homemade Laundry Detergent and Natural Fabric Softener Recipe

Laundry Detergent

1 bar of soap
1 c washing soda (not baking soda)
½ c borax
lemon essential oil (optional)

Grate the bar of soap. You may need to chop it up further depending on the size of shreds your grater makes.
Pour all ingredients into a container and mix.

Use 1-2 tbsp per load depending on size

Fabric Softener

plain ol’ white vinegar

Pour into the “fabric softener” section of the washing machine to the full line.

Vinegar works as a fabric softener as well as eliminating static. I use vinegar in the washing machine in conjunction with dryer balls in the dryer to additionally soften laundry and remove static build up. Vinegar is also supposed to prevent fading and neutralize bad smells.

Oh, and to top it all off, all these ingredients are so cheap. My favourite.

What’s your laundry regimen look like?

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4 Comment

  1. Reply
    December 28, 2016 at 7:37 am

    What kind of soap?

    1. Reply
      January 1, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      I have used a variety of different natural bar soaps – usually whatever is on sale. 🙂

  2. Reply
    Mary Jane
    October 4, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    I tear up old t shirts/undershirts and soak the pieces with white vinegar and toss them in the dryer to act as fabric softener. I put the rag pieces in a peanut butter jar with the vinegar and shake so the pieces get moist and toss one piece per load.

    1. Reply
      October 7, 2017 at 8:55 am

      What a great idea! Thank you for sharing!

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