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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

DIY // Homemade All-Natural Laundry Detergent

Our house is going au-naturel!  And no, that doesn't mean we'll be sitting around in our birthday suits (you're welcome.)  Along with eating more vegetables, I want to get as many harmful chemicals out of our house which means replacing all cleaning products with homemade all-natural versions. My first attempt at homemade cleaning products was laundry detergent.  We used to use Kirkland's (Costco) eco-friendly liquid detergent and when the giant bottle finally ran out we replaced it with an all-natural powdered detergent.

Here's how I made my own super inexpensive and HE safe (very low suds) homemade all-natural laundry detergent.

Supplies (these were found in our chain grocery store's laundry aisle):

  • Borax Soap
  • Fels-Naptha Bar Soap
  • Washing Soda
Grate the Fels-Naptha bar.  I took the easy way out and used my mixer's grater attachment.  Mix two parts Fels-Naptha to one part washing soda & one part borax soap.  My mix ended up being 2 cups grated soap, 1 cup borax and 1 cup washing soda.

For a light load of just semi-dirty clothes, use One Tablespoon and use Two Tablespoons for a heavy load or REALLY dirty clothes.

Laundry detergent is just the beginning of our "go green" kick.  I'll be replacing even more household cleaners, making my own shampoo, and replacing our paper towels with fabric napkins and cleaning rags.  Interested in making the switch, too?  Young House Love compiled an amazingly extensive list of all-natural cleaning solutions.  There's also a liquid version of this that I think I'll try next time.  Check it out!



  1. So I'm wondering... How well does this homemade detergent work? Have you experienced any cons and are you still using it?

    1. It's been working great! I use two scoops for heavily soiled loads and I wash on either a hot/cold or warm/cold cycle. Really no cons. It does a great job.

  2. It's really amazing! Is this really work well? I am going to prepare it once. If its work fine, this is good new for Eco-friendly lovers.


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