Home-Made Laundry Detergent

Some time ago I decided to look for more environmentally friendly ideas for soaps, lotions, beauty products and shampoos. A few months back I made my own eco-friendly laundry detergent but forgot to take pics and blog about it lol. ( which means, it doesn’t count)

This soap can last a while since it is not necessary to use more than a scoop of soap on each load. Don’t expect as many suds as conventional (and heavy on chemicals) detergent. Keep in mind though, Suds don’t equal cleaning power.


  • 1 cup of borax
  • 1 cup of washing soda
  • 1 cup of epson salts (I used lavender/chamomile epson salt for added fragrance)
  • 1 bar of pure castile soap (I used a peppermint one, again for added fragrance)
  • mason jar or other container with a lid.
  • scoop (I used a 1/8 cup coffee scoop)

20131120-135111.jpgThe epson salt and castile soap are my “secret” ingredients. Many other home-made detergents lack the distinctive aroma we attribute to clean laundry. I found that adding peppermint castile soap and lavender epson salt gives it a very nice fresh essence.

All you have to do is to mix the borax, epson salts, and washing soda in a container (I used a big mason jar) – then you shave or grate the soap bar and add to the other mixture. Mix well. And there you have it!

20131120-135133.jpgOne scoop per washing load will do it. Two for very thought stain or large loads.


Eco-Friendly… (er)

Yes it is! this detergent is eco-friendli(er) than many mass produced detergents in the market out there.  The washing soda is sodioum carbonate Na2Co3. Sodium carbonate is a sodium salt of carbonic acid. It is used as a water softener, and it can be extracted from the ashes of many plants. Beware though, don’t inhale and keep out of children’s reach.

20131120-135119.jpgThe Pure castile soap is made of olive oil and many other plant based natural oils. The borax has been used for years by many housewives. Some recent claims may suggest it is not so environmentally friendly after all, but I couldn’t find any relevant information to back up those theories. Borax helps remove tough laundry stains AND helps keep stains from reattaching to clothing and other laundry items in the wash. Borax is a mineral called Sodium Borate; It occurs naturally by evaporation of seasonal lakes, which means it is not man made you can find it in nature. The epson salt or magnesium sulphate MgSo4 also occurs as a pure mineral in nature, and its completely non-toxic. Use on your laundry to make clothes softer and ban those cardboard jeans from your life.

20131120-135146.jpgIf you make it or if you have tried before, let me know how it goes for you! Do you add any other ingredients?



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