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

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

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.

– Homemade Laundry Detergents –

soap nut homemade laundry detergentSoap Nut Laundry Detergent

Soap nuts are amazing.  I can’t seem to stop saying that lately.  They’re actually dried berry husks, for some reason called nuts.  Soap nuts contain saponins which is essentially soap that they release in water.

This is my very favorite homemade natural laundry detergent because it is so easy to use, affordable because the soap berries are reusable, and environmentally friendly.

soap nut powder homemade laundry detergentPowdered Soap Nut Laundry Detergent

Continuing with my soap nut infatuation.  This homemade soap nut laundry detergent is just as good as using whole soap nuts just without having to keep track of a little bag of soap nuts between loads.  The downside of this homemade laundry detergent is that it doesn’t last nearly as long as using the whole soap nuts.

homemade laundry detergentWashing Detergent Powder

This homemade laundry detergent recipe is the very first homemade laundry product I ever made.  This laundry detergent uses a combination of bar soap, washing soda, and borax.  It works really well and is very similar to store bought laundry detergent with how it works.  The only reason I don’t use this homemade detergent is because I like soap nut so much more!

Homemade Fabric Softeners

homemade fabric softener with wool dryer balls

Wool Dryer Balls

I like wool dryer balls a lot for a couple of reasons.  One of the reasons I like them is because they are decent fabric softeners.  I also love wool dryer balls because they are a simple all natural fabric softening method that is super simple to use.  Dryer balls basically help to fluff and agitate your laundry helping them to dry quicker, more evenly, and fluffier.

Dryer balls are by far my favorite laundry softening method which I use every time I do the laundry.


homemade fabric softener with baking sodaHomemade Baking Soda Fabric Softener

Baking soda works as a fabric softener because it helps to balance the pH of the water in your washing machine.

This does seem to work as a fabric softener, but it’s a little more trouble than it’s worth to me.  Dryer balls are my preferred method of fabric softening.

– Scenting Laundry –

homemade fabric softener with wool dryer balls

Dryer Balls

My favorite way of scenting laundry is to just splash a few drops of essential oils onto my wool dryer balls and then chuck them into the dryer with my laundry.  It works great and really gets into the laundry because of how much the dryer balls separate and mix the laundry.

diy homemade dryer sheetsHomemade Dryer Sheets

These dryer sheets work essentially the same as the dryer balls do, but I don’t think they work quite as well.  I also prefer my wool dryer balls because they pull double duty, not only scenting laundry, but also softening and drying laundry more quickly.

That’s it so far from me.  I’m sure I’ll be adding more here from time to time as I try out more homemade laundry products.  If you have any other homemade ideas for laundry or anything else you think I should try please let me know in the comments!

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– Lance

Carolyn Mingledolph

Sunday 21st of October 2018

Thank you. I usually use vinegar as a fabric softener, but I’ve run out. I’ll try the baking soda.

Lance Shroyer

Wednesday 5th of December 2018

Any time! I hope that the baking soda does the trick!


Friday 4th of May 2018

I feel each detergent have their own side effect on the skin


Friday 24th of January 2020

That could be true Akki, it would depend on the individual and their skin I suppose. Thank you for your comment!


Thursday 28th of July 2016

I cant believe this one is possible, Thank you for a new learning you have shared to us. I am pinning this!


Friday 24th of January 2020

Glad the information was useful to you!