Laundry Detergent

Homemade Natural Laundry solutions, Laundry Detergents, Fabric Softeners, and Laundry Scenting

homemade laundry cleaning products Homemade Laundry Cleaning Products

Here are my homemade cleaning product post for getting all your laundry clean!  Getting chemicals out of my clothes was one of the first big changes I really wanted to make when I started making my own homemade products.  I don't like the idea of wearing clothes covered in chemicals, and dryer fabric softener sheets always seemed gross to me with their sticky texture and sickly sweet smell.

Here are the homemade laundry cleaning products I've made so far.  I'll let you know which ones are my favorite as you read. …

How To Make & Use Homemade Powder Soap Nuts Laundry Detergent

homemade powdered laundry detergent with soap nuts

Homemade Powdered Soap Nut Laundry Detergent

The first time I ever used soap nuts for laundry detergent I was blown away.  Then I learned you can also powder soap nuts to use as a homemade laundry detergent and my mind was blown again!

There is a small inconvenience to using soap nuts, a trade off I'm totally fine with.  The inconvenience is that you have a little bag you need to keep track of between loads, mushy husks to throw out or compost, and you have to make sure the bag is going to dry out or it will mold between loads.

Powdering soap nuts should have all the benefits of using whole soap nuts without those few drawbacks.

So without further ado here's how to make soap nut powder for laundry detergent.

If you are interested in soap nuts and other homemade laundry solutions, also check out my whole soap nut laundry detergent post. …

How to Use Soap Nuts as Natural Laundry Detergent

How to use soap nuts for natural homemade laundry detergent

Using Soap Nuts For Laundry Detergent

A few months ago my wife and I went to France.  We booked a nice apartment in Vannes on AirBnB (that link will get you $25 off when you sign up for AirBnB) complete with a washing machine.

The owner was kind enough to let us know that the laundry detergent was in the closet. When I opened the closet to find the laundry detergent all I found was a more or less empty closet with a bag of nuts inside.

After Kelsey and I both dismissed the bag of nuts as definitely not being laundry detergent we decided there had been a misunderstanding, and reached out to the owner of the apartment.

The owner of the apartment kindly explained to the stupid American (my words, not hers) that they were soap nuts, and to just chuck a few in with our clothes and they'd magically be cleaned.  To our disbelief the soap nuts worked amazingly well, and that is how I was introduced to the wonderful hippy magic of soap nuts!

No more story telling from me, here is how to use soap nuts also sometimes called soap berries for laundry. …

How To Make Homemade Laundry Detergent With Bar Soap and Washing Soda

Here's how to make homemade laundry detergent at home

Fast Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe

Here's how to make a basic natural homemade laundry detergent recipe that is easy to make, and will get your clothes fresh in no time.

There are a ton of reasons to make your own homemade laundry detergent.  Personally I'm not a big fan of soaking my clothing in a bunch of chemicals that I don't really know what they are.

Another reason I am starting to steer clear of store bought laundry detergent is it seems to me like so much detergent needs to be used compared to homemade detergent that it seems like there must be some fillers in there.

I don't know about you, but I don't like the idea of paying for filler. Another reason many people might be looking to make their own homemade laundry detergent is that some laundry detergents can irritate some peoples skin.

This laundry detergent recipe is much less chemical laden and might be less irritating for those with sensitive skin.  There are other reasons to not buy store bought detergents but as for me, those are the ones that have driven me to try and make my own homemade laundry detergent.

Time: 10-20 minutes

If you are looking for diy laundry recipes then check out my post on using soapnuts for laundry detergent as well!


homemade laundry detergent ingredients

Here's what you need to make your own homemade laundry detergent:

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Step One

Shred the Fels Naptha soap for your homemade laundry detergent recipe

Fels Naptha

So the first thing you're going to want to do is shred your bar of soap.

Liza was nice enough to comment and let me know that Fels Naptha can, after extended use (I've not yet had this problem personally), yellow your clothing. She instead suggests using Dr. Bronner bar soap, which I've recently just started using to wash clothes while traveling, and it has worked great so far.

So, instead of… I've chosen to use Fels Naptha for my laundry detergent. Try using Dr. Bronner for your homemade laundry detergent instead.  

Other soaps that work well are ZOTE, and Pure & Natural.  Both Fels-Naptha and Zote are called laundry soap, meant specifically for cleaning clothes.  Of course you can use your own homemade bar soap too if you want.

shredded fels naptha for homemade laundry detergent

Shredding the bar soap with a food processor is the easiest way to do it, but using a cheese grater works just as well.  

Shredding by hand will probably take for ever, buts its worth it to make your own laundry detergent. I know that the Fels Naptha looks like cheddar cheese, but it's not, so don't eat it.  Or maybe it's just me that was tempted.

Step Two

1 cup borax

Next you will add in 1 cup of borax to the shredded bar soap. The purpose of Borax in homemade laundry detergent is as a detergent booster.  The borax helps to get clothes cleaner, and brightens and deodorizes clothes.

Step Three

1 cup washing soda

Then add 1 cup of washing soda and mix. Washing soda helps to clean the clothes, and also to freshen, and fight odor in you laundry.

Step Four

Mix it up

Then stir the bar soap, borax, and washing soda together.  Stir it all up for at least a couple of minutes to ensure that everything is mixed well. Or, if you have a big enough container you can just shake everything together.  I'm really good at making messes, so shaking everything together in a sealed container makes it a lot harder to make a mess.

Using Your Homemade Laundry Detergent

1 tbsp per load 1 tbsp should be enough for your average load of laundry.  However, if you've got a big load, extra dirty clothes, or just can't believe 1 tbsp is enough to clean you clothes then use 2 tbsp, and that should be more than enough.

Storing Homemade Laundry Detergent

Keep it dry

You want to make sure you keep your nice new batch of homemade laundry detergent dry.  I personally like to use air tight glass jar so that I can easily see how much I have left.  Put in an air tight container so that no moisture can get in.  For good measure you should also keep it in a dry place just to be safe.

Does It Work?

For my first time making this homemade laundry detergent, I think it turned out really well.  After having used the entire batch of detergent I can say that it has been getting my clothes completely clean.  

There's no oily feel, smell, or anything else unpleasant left after washing.  My clothes are left smelling fresh and looking great after several times through the wash. After using this homemade laundry detergent for a few months I am still super happy with how well it works!  

I haven't seen any sings of yellowing in my clothing, but just the possibility is worrying enough to steer me away from using fels naptha for washing laundry on a regular basis.