Homemade Laundry Detergent

How To Make Laundry Detergent

Ingredients {Washes 42 – 62 Loads}

  • 6 cups washing soda (where to buy washing soda, how to make your own)

  • Three bars of 4.5 – 5 ounce soap, finely grated (One made with coconut oil works best. Here’s how to make it, here’s where to buy it, and here’s another brand that also works well))

  • Optional – lemon essential oil (where to buy lemon essential oil)

Additional Items You’ll Want To Have On Hand: 

More on what to do with this stuff in the instructions below

  • non-GMO white vinegar 

  • peroxide or Oxiclean Free (Oxiclean is fairly inexpensive and can be found in most grocery stores or online )

  • Downy ball, optional (where to buy a Downy ball)

  • wool dryer balls (where to buy them, how to make your own)

  • food processor (this is the one I have)

To Make:

  • Cut soap into small chunks. Add to the food processor along with the washing soda. 

  • Blend until you have a fine powder. You may want to lay a dish towel over the top of your food processor to prevent a fine mist of powder from floating into the air. Also, let it settle a bit before opening the container or the powder will float onto your kitchen counter!

  • Pour into a clean container (keep the essential oil next to the jar and add 5 drops with each load)

To Use: 

These instructions are for a top loader. I don’t have any experience with front loaders, sorry!

  • Add 2-3 tablespoons laundry detergent per load ( If you are washing in cold water, dissolve it in hot water before adding it in. I prefer to start each load with a little hot water to dissolve and then put  my laundry in)

  • If desired, add about five drops of lemon essential oil as a degreaser

  • If washing whites, add a scoop of Oxiclean or pour 1/2 cup peroxide in the bleach compartment

  • Add 1/2 cup vinegar to a Downy ball or the fabric softener compartment

  • For extra fabric softening goodness and a shorter drying time, toss some felted wool dryer balls in the dryer with your clothes.

Is This HE Safe? 

This soap is low-sudsing, so theoretically it should be fine for HE washers. A very similar recipe found on the Kirk’s Castile Soap website is said to be safe and offers the following information and tips:

  • “This powered recipe is great for High Efficiency washers because it is very low sudsing.

  • It is important that you grate the bar soap very finely for HE washers.”[i]