How To Make Laundry Soap Detergent

Last updated on June 21st, 2018


Make your own natural, non-toxic homemade laundry soap and save lots of money!

There are lots of laundry soap recipes online, many of them nearly identical with slight variations. I have found that for doing laundry, using just the following three basic ingredients will provide a good homemade recipe blend to get your clothes sparkling clean… for cheap!


We have been using this laundry detergent recipe/formula for several years, and we have been thrilled with the results (and deep cost savings compared to retail laundry detergent)!


Homemade Laundry Detergent Ingredients



…is a natural mineral, sodium borate.
Borax has many beneficial uses and is found in laundry booster, certain hand soaps and in some toothpastes. It can be found at many stores as ’20 Mule Team Borax’ (pure borax). Buried deep in the Mojave Desert is one of the biggest and richest deposits of borax on the planet located in Boron, California.

Washing Soda

…also known as sodium carbonate, or soda ash, is produced in large quantities from common salt. In domestic use, it is used as a water softener during laundry and it effectively removes oil and grease stains. It is not toxic and does not contain harmful detergents or chemicals.

Bar Soap

…is soap, your typical ‘Ivory’ bar soap, or other.
ZOTE or Fels Naptha or Octagon are purpose made bar soaps for laundry.


Homemade Laundry Detergent Powdered Soap Recipe

2 cups of shaved bar soap (Ivory, ZOTE, Fels-Naptha, Octagon)
1 cup of Borax
1 cup of (Arm & Hammer) Washing Soda

Shave the bar soap with a hand shredder/grater. Then combine all ingredients into a food processor. Mix until well blended together into powder, about 1 minute in a food processor.

It seems too good to be true, but that’s it!


Use 1 tablespoon of this homemade laundry detergent per load. Up to 2 for a heavy load.

The cost is only pennies per load!

More: How To Do Laundry & Clothes Washing Without Electricity

More: 20+ Other Uses For Soap



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