Best Homemade Laundry Detergent

This is the best homemade laundry detergent, that is easy and very inexpensive to make and it will certainly save you money and assist you clear your Home of toxic chemical cleaners.

Note: No time or need to make your very own laundry cleaning agent? You can always acquire all-natural brands like these.
When we first set out to make our very own homemade washing detergent we thought it would certainly be difficult and time-consuming, but it turns up as neither.  Making your own Best Homemade Laundry Detergent as We have realized now is quick, very easy, and low-cost.

Best Laundry Detergent recipe 1

Presented below are the best laundry detergents available online… These powdered detergents require just three easy ingredients and take just a few minutes to make.


1 bar (or 4.5 ounces) of shaved bar soap ( a homemade washing bar, Dr Bronner’s, Ivory,  ZOTE,

Laundry Soap Kit – Fels Naptha-3 bars, Borax & Washing Soda )

30 drops Essential oils


Completely stir all the ingredients together for 5 mins and take pleasure in the results!

You can take this a step further and blend the combination in a blender or food processor or mixer to develop a powder that will dissolve quickly also in cool water.
(Just be sure to let the dust settle before removing the lid of your blender or food processor so you don’t inhale the fine particles.)

Store in a sealed container with a small scoop like this Anchor Hocking glass container ..This recipe fully dissolves at all temperatures.

To Utilise.

Use 1 Tablespoon each ton (or 2-3 Tbsp for large or heavily soiled loads in the washing machine.

Make the Best Laundry Detergent with the only 4 Ingredients You will Ever need to clean every surface in your Home{Safe For The Whole Family}

Active Ingredients.

1– 55-ounce box of Arm & Hammer ® Super Washing Soda

1– 76-ounce box of 20 Mule Group ® Borax

1– 10 pack of 4.5-ounce bars of Ivory ® Bar Soap.

1– Essential Oil from do terra or equal parts lemon and clove essential oils.

these are the major active ingredients, we used to make our laundry detergent. These items can be found in the laundry aisle of most grocery stores. You can get them online from the links above.

Also, a little trick We learned about the Ivory soap ( and this only works with Ivory as far as I know) If you put it on a paper plate in the microwave for about 30-45 seconds it will expand (it looks like a science experiment) but take it out and let it cool.

It cools it will crumble into a powder. This makes it perfect to add to your laundry detergent. No shredding needed. which is cool..

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DIY Powdered Laundry Detergent Recipe 2


1 (4 lb 12 oz) Box of Borax

1 (3 lb 7 oz) Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

1 (3 lb) Container of OxyClean — Found Here on Amazon

2 (14.1 oz) Bars of Zote Soap —  (You can also use Fels Naptha)

1 (4 lb) Box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda — (You could also get two 2 lb box, we couldn’t find the larger 4lb box when we went)

4 Bottles of  any amazing sweet smelling fragrance like Scentsy Washer Whiffs


Grate some soap with a cheese grater or food processor.

Mix all ingredients together in a large bucket.

Best Homemade Laundry Detergent. It is much easier to make and cheaper too !!

Use 2 -4 Tablespoons per laundry load.

 Homemade Laundry detergent : .so easy to make and it works perfectly! Great money saver.

We added Scentsy Washer Whiffs to make this the best Sweet smelling diy powdered laundry detergent EVER.

This is basically the best and least expensive homemade detergent out there.It smells nice, inexpensive and unique & will make an awesome summer gift.

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Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe 3 {Borax Free}


Homemade laundry detergent {Borax-Free}. I have friends that tried this and won't use anything else. They say it smells fantastic. -- new recipe


4 – 4 oz. bars Kirk’s Original Coco Castile Soap Fragrance-Free

4 lbs Baking Soda

3 lb. 7 oz. Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda, 1 box

3 lbs OxiClean Baby, 1 container

28 oz Epsom Salt (optional)


  • Grate castile soap into very small bits.{it is important you grate the soap into tiny pieces to enable readily dissolve in Washing Machine)
  • I used my food processor to grate the soap (with the grater attachment) and then pulsed it with the blade into small bits. I found that processing one bar at a time and adding ¼-1/2 cup baking soda to soap flakes during the pulsing stage helped the soap separate into smaller bits. { You may use a Grater instead of food processor}
  • Mix all ingredients in a large container and stir.
  • Use your new laundry detergent – 1 or 2 Tablespoons per load.
  • this detergent is naturally low foaming due to its ingredients; perfectly safe for regular or HE machines.

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe 4

I also make similar only in liquid form using Dr Bronner’s bar soap instead of yucky Ivory.  This soap also already has essential oils in it as well – This will do a 5-gallon bucket full of liquid.

Material Needed

1 bar of Dr. Bronner’s Lavender, Citrus, Peppermint, Almond or Baby soap

– 1 dry cup of Borax
– 1 dry cup of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
– optional: a few drops of tea tree for disinfecting (esp. good for cloth diapering)


– grate soap into the sauce pan-
-add 2 cups of water- stir, dissolve  into a five-gallon bucket
-add Borax, washing soda and tea tree if using.
-Add melted soap liquid into a bucket and stir quickly.
-add water to about 3/4 of the way to top- stir and put a lid on.
-Set overnight.
-measure out 1/2 cup of liquid for light loads and 1 cup for normal loads

Yay!!! – the result is cheap liquid detergent, that is environmentally friendly and natural detergent!

DIY laundry detergent For Everyday Uses.. Smells great & I swear my clothes are much cleaner too!!


On the question of how to deal with deep stains, I follow this process,  I sprinkle some homemade detergent to the stain and rub the fabric to lather it up. Let it set for a few minutes and throw into the wash., add some water, scrub to agitate, then let sit until I launder them again.

Works great and smell nice too. it is also important to note that this doesn’t fade clothing at all. It is perfectly gentle on clothing and safe.

It is also important to state that just as it is for everything else, it is best to experiment with different Quantity of the ingredients in order to get the actual amount that works well or turn out best for you.

Also, note that these homemade detergents are VERY low suds hence it is perfect for your High Efficiency (HE) Washers and Safe for Septic Tanks and Fields because it does not contain phosphates and fillers (like montmorillonite clay) that cause commercial powder detergents to clog lines.

It is also completely non-toxic so it is harmless against necessary septic bacteria unlike toxic detergents and antibacterial soaps.

So I suggest, you take time to go through the step by step instructions above and get your ingredients ready to make your own fabulous and sweet smelling diy powdered laundry detergent

Don’t Want to Make it?

We usually make our own detergent, but for times when we are traveling or I haven’t had time to make it, I’ve found a few good brands of eco-friendly laundry detergent that actually work (all received an “A” by the Environmental Working Group):

Obviously, the best option is to make your own if possible but those natural alternatives are a good choice if you aren’t able to make your own or don’t want to.