Laundry Det title with logo

I know there are a lot of Homemade Laundry Detergents out there.  I’ve tried a lot of different one’s myself.  Some have worked and some…well, not so much.

It has taken me awhile to find one that works for our family and our dirt.  Particularly farm “dirt” and red Virginia clay dirt.  Even then, I’m usually tweaking them a bit, especially when it comes to the scent.

The two biggest reasons I choose to make my own laundry soap is:

  • Cost: With 6 of us in the house (4 of those being teenage girls) we can go through some serious laundry, every single week.  That adds up after awhile and honestly, I much rather spend my hard earned money on other things.   This has cut our laundry cost in half at least, if not more.
  • Control: I get to decide what goes into our laundry detergent, especially as we work to eliminate chemical laden products from our lives.  While this may not get us a 100% percent there, it’s much closer than we were before.

This recipe goes together very easily and quickly.  If I double the amounts, it makes enough to last us for a month and it is safe to use in our HE Washer.

So Here You Go….

Laundry Soap ingredients w logo

The Recipe

1 Cup Borax

1 Cup Washing Soda*

1 Cup Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap (or 1 bar Dr. Bronner’s Soap)

10-15 Drops Essential Oils

17 Cups of Water

*Note: Washing Soda is not baking soda – I find Washing Soda at one of our local stores or

Church & Dwight Co 03020 Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz.

  • In a large saucepan, bring 6 cups of water to a slight boil. Once the water begins to boil, turn off the burner and add the Borax and Washing Soda. Stir to dissolve.
  • (If using the bar of soap, grate and add to the boiling water and allow to dissolve.  Then add the borax and washing soda and stir in to dissolve)
  • In a large bucket, combine the remaining 11 cups of warm water and 1 cup Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Soap. ( I prefer lavender)
  • 10-15 drops Essential Oil (optional).
  • Pour the hot Borax mixture from the saucepan into the bucket.
  • Stir the mixture together.
  • Pour your mixture into desired storage container. Let cool overnight.
  • Note: As the soap sits, the mixture will form into a gel.  Simply shake at time of use.

Soap curls w logo

If you choose to use the bar soap instead of the liquid Castile Soap, you can either use a cheese grater or put the bar through your food processor.  Since I don’t have a food processor, we grate our soap bar by hand.  This is a great place to get the kids involved – just remind them it’s soap and not cheese. 🙂

I actually prefer using the Castile bar soap over the liquid Castile soap simply because it creates a thicker detergent that I prefer.

Soap container w logo

When storing our laundry soap I use the plastic container on the right. I purchased this at a local store and it holds 128 oz . Or you can store it in glass jars.  Whatever suits your needs best.

Measured Soap w logo

In our HE Washer I only use 1/4 cup of liquid laundry detergent per load.  For especially dirty  loads I may add a little more, along with extra 1-2 drops of essential oils.  Feel free to experiment and see what works best for you and your machine.


Keeping It Simple,


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