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Homemade Laundry Soap {All-Natural Laundry Soap}

The BEST Homemade Laundry Soap you can make with just three simple ingredients! This all-natural laundry detergent is perfect for sensitive skin and actually smells great! An easy homemade laundry soap that only costs pennies a load.

ingredients for homemade laundry detergent - washing soda, borax, and soap.

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Making your own laundry detergent is a super simple way to get clean clothes at a fraction of the price as storebought. Even better, you’re cutting down on packaging waste by not purchasing new bottles/boxes every few months.

Does Homemade Laundry Detergent Really Work?

Yes! It works great and it is effective and super affordable. We have used this in traditional top loader washers as well as a HE washer. I will say that it works best in warm water, especially if using a HE washing machine.

Homemade Laundry Soap Supplies

You’ll need:

  • Super Washing Soda
  • Baking Soda
  • Borax (only about $5 in the laundry aisle of major stores)
  • Bar soap
  • {optional} essential oils
  • Mixing bowl
  • Measuring cups
  • Cheese grater
  • Spoon
  • Storage container

Various recipes suggest using Fels Nelpha soap, but I cannot stand the smell of it! We use whatever bar soap we have hanging around. Use a brand that you already know is sensitive enough for your family’s skin.

The dryer is often the number two user of electricity in American homes. For extra money and energy savings, we love to line dry our laundry outside whenever possible (we have this great retractable clothesline) and use these drying racks when the weather does not cooperate. Check out all my tips for line-drying laundry.

Pro Tips

  • If you want to make a bulk batch, I find using the grating attachment on my food processor makes super quick work of it.
  • Using warm water is best to help dissolve the grated soap.
  • If you want to use essential oils, use 30 drops of your favorite scent.

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ingredients for homemade laundry detergent - washing soda, borax, and soap.
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Homemade Laundry Soap

An easy homemade laundry soap that only costs pennies a load.
Prep Time0 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: DIY
Keyword: Can you make your own laundry detergent?
Servings: 7 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 cups bar soap {grated}
  • 2 cups borax
  • 2 cups washing soda
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 30 drops essential oils {optional}

Instructions

  • Grate the bar soap. Add the rest of the ingredients. Stir to distribute.
  • Normal loads use 1TBSP - 1/4 cup.  I use about 1/8 cup with great results.

 

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46 comments on “Homemade Laundry Soap {All-Natural Laundry Soap}”

  1. What kind or brand of bar soap do you use?

    • Whichever you prefer! I recommend using something your family already uses so that you 1) have it on hand aka it’s cheaper 2) know that no one will react to a new brand.

      I’ve even saved bites and pieces of soap from various bars and put them all together to make the detergent.

  2. A cousin on my Mom’s side suggested this method and I love it… I run the soap through the Cuisinart on shred and then put it in with the blade until it is in tiny pieces. A bar makes a little over a cup so I use 1 cup per recipe. I found it disolves more easily this way and distributes more evenly in the container among the other ingredients. I do 2 batches of 2 bars and the put the extra ~3.5 cups in a mason jar for 3 following times that I need to make laundry soap. I also wrote the recipe on tape on my container so Eric could make it too (last time he used another recipe and my Tea Tree Dr. Bronners that I like for the shower).

  3. Wow!  Pennies!!

  4. We’re definitely going to give this one a try. We use powder detergent, and we even add color safe bleach just to make our clothes smell better. We’re doing it totally wrong!