Homemade laundry detergent

Laundry detergent is so expensive! With everything on the rise, I’ve been on the lookout for a homemade version that is cheaper but also gets the job done well.

A few years ago, there was a homemade laundry detergent recipe that took TikTok by storm. I decided to try it out. The ingredients were cheap and easy to find. However, after I made it, I found out that it might not be the best for HE appliances. And since no one could tell me for certain, I decided to hold off on using it in my machine and have put it in a container for emergencies.

Then I found this new recipe. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and I am in love! It cleans well, there isn’t a strange odor and there is no left-over residue.

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Ingredients you’ll need:

It’s so easy to make and the ingredients are so easy to find. And it isn’t expensive! It’s just a win win in my book.

The scent doesn’t matter on the castile soap. Just choose a scent you like. I ended up going with the non-scented bar at first and my clothes literally had no smell to them. Which is fine but I love a fresh laundry scent. So, no I have added Downey beads to my laundry for the smell.

You can find the bar of castile soap on Amazon or I found it at Target.

How to make the laundry detergent.

It’s a powder. So, you’ll just measure out the borax and washing soda. You don’t need to do anything extra to those. With the bar of soap, I will cut it in thin strips and then cut those strips, so I end up with small bits of soap bar.

I then take the bits of soap and blend it. I have a nutribullet that I use. You could use a blender just as easily. If the soap isn’t blending well, just add in some of the borax and washing soda and that will help it blend better.

When the soap is blended into small bits or even a powder itself, be sure to mix all the ingredients together well.


  • 1 bar Castile soap (whatever scent you like)
  • 1.5 cups Borax
  • 1.5 cups Washing Soda

How to use it.

I use 1-2 tablespoons of the mixed powder per load. Add it directly into the drum of the washer before you put your clothes in and not in the designated powder detergent spot.

I’ve never had it clump or not dissolve or anything.

How to store.

You will want to store the homemade laundry detergent in a container that will keep moisture out. If moisture gets in, the powder will start to clump together.

I use this glass container. I’m trying to make the switch from using plastic to glass when I need to store things. Besides, glass is much prettier.


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