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Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

As you girls know, there are plenty of potentially harmful ingredients in conventional, drugstore beauty products. That’s why it’s always important to check labels and do your homework before putting anything on your face. But did you know that this also applies to household cleaners and stuff like laundry detergent? After all, detergent is what cleans your clothes, which will eventually go back onto your body. And sadly, it too can often contain harmful ingredients.

Luckily, it’s fairly easy to make your own detergent, and this way you’ll know exactly what you’re using. While there are several solid methods for making DIY detergents, many follow these basic steps:

DIY Detergent

Each batch yields approximately 32 ounces (32 to 64 loads).

  • 1 bar (or 4.5 ounces) of shaved bar soap of your choice
  • 1 cup of borax (available on Amazon or at stores like Target)
  • 1 cup of washing soda

In a large bowl, thoroughly stir all ingredients together for 5 minutes. Use 1 tablespoon for regular loads of laundry, 2 tablespoons for heavy loads. Enjoy the results!

Pretty easy, right? Below, we’ve included five of our favorite homemade detergents for you to try out and get inspired. Happy DIY-ing!


Looking for a liquid detergent? We love this natural brand. Choose from lavender, citrus, sweet orange and unscented. (Radiantly You, $9)



Soap powder in your choice of unscented, lemon, lavender, ocean, floral or pine. (Fabled Soap Co., $8.50)



Organic stain-lifting detergent in lavender. (Green Bubbles Home, $9; note: this Etsy seller will re-open her shop in mid-January!)



Want to start with a trial package to sniff out the waters? We love this vegan-friendly and beautifully packaged set. (SoapsNPaintsByNiffer, $10)



Choose from scents of lemongrass, lavender and tea tree. (Whispering Willow Soap, $12)

PI Girls, would you ever make your own laundry detergent? Sound off in the comments below!

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  1. Champ2343

    Posted by Champ2343 on January 17, 2014 at 09:06

    My family and I did that a month ago! It was lots of fun! 🙂

  2. vanilla

    Posted by vanilla on January 15, 2014 at 18:49

    I was JUST looking at homemade laundry detergent a couple days ago (first time that I ever really heard about it). A plus of it is that it’s significantly cheaper than buying laundry detergent, especially if you want the all-natural. I might give it a try. 🙂