DIY Laundry detergent is not a new thing. The idea has been around for a long time and there are a ton of different takes on the same few recipes. It may come as a surprise to some of you that despite the fact that I homemake many of my beauty products and cleaning products, I’ve never made homemade laundry detergent. I’ve wanted to, because making your own detergent is cheaper, and it eliminates a lot of icky chemicals from your home. I never tried it until now and I couldn’t be happier with the results!
This recipe doesn’t call for borax like most homemade laundry detergents do. I’ve heard conflicting information about how borax affects sensitive skin, so I left it out. It cleans just as well without it. It also doesn’t call for anything like Purex crystals. This laundry detergent has exactly three ingredients: baking soda, washing soda, and grated Castille soap.
I used 1 bar of peppermint Castille soap and 1 bar of lavender. The smell of this detergent is AMAZING!
DIY Laundry Detergent for Sensitive Skin
- 8 cups of baking soda
- 6 cups of Super Washing Soda (in the laundry aisle)
- 2 bars Dr. Bronner’s Castille soap, grated
Mix all the ingredients together and store in an airtight container. If you want, you can pulse the grate soap in a blender or food processor along with some of the baking soda to make the soap finer. It blends better that way–up to you!
Add 1/8 to 1/4 cup of detergent (depending on the load size) to the detergent compartment of your washing machine. If you want to eliminate fabric softener from your list of things you buy that has yucky chemicals in it, add 1/2 a cup of white vinegar to the fabric softener compartment. Your clothes come out just as soft and there is no vinegar smell.
Now, let me answer some questions I know will come up:
Does this work for HE washing machines?
Yes! Yes it does. I have an HE machine and it works just great.
Does this detergent work on the cold setting?
Yep! The soap dissolves just fine in cold water.
Does it work well on stains?
Yes! I still pretreat really icky stains before I wash, and this detergent works just as well (if not better!) on stains as my previous store bought detergent.
How much detergent does this make?
I usually wash one load of laundry per day, and this is about a three month supply.
Easy Ways to Help the Planet:
- Eat Less Meat: Download Food Monster, the largest plant-based recipe app on the App Store to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy. You can also buy a hard or soft copy of our favorite vegan cookbooks.
- Reduce Your Fast Fashion Footprint: Take initiative by standing up against fast fashion pollution and supporting sustainable and circular brands like Tiny Rescue that are raising awareness around important issues through recycled zero-waste clothing designed to be returned and remade over and over again.
- Support Independent Media: Being publicly-funded gives us a greater chance to continue providing you with high-quality content. Please consider supporting us by donating!
- Sign a Petition: Your voice matters! Help turn petitions into victories by signing the latest list of must-sign petitions to help people, animals, and the planet.
- Stay Informed: Keep up with the latest news and important stories involving animals, the environment, sustainable living, food, health, and human interest topics by subscribing to our newsletter!
- Do What You Can: Reduce waste, plant trees, eat local, travel responsibly, reuse stuff, say no to single-use plastics, recycle, vote smart, switch to cold water laundry, divest from fossil fuels, save water, shop wisely, donate if you can, grow your own food, volunteer, conserve energy, compost, and don’t forget about the microplastics and microbeads lurking in common household and personal care products!
can you use liquid castile soap to make it into liquid laundry soap. thanks
wondering if you can use liquid castile soap and make it into tabs instead of bar for powder?
Just a word of caution about using washing soda. "Washing soda should be handled with care, as it is very caustic. Always wear gloves if handling it directly, and never inhale the dust particles directly." quoted from: https://naturesnurtureblog.com/how-to-make-washing-soda/