Homemade laundry detergent powder, homemade laundry detergent without borax, homemade laundry detergent liquid are all easy recipes. In this article we will discuss the different methods for how to make homemade laundry detergent from scratch. Compare each of their cleaning abilities. Talk about the cost of traditional store bought laundry detergent vs homemade. There are so many flashy gimmicks these days.  Zote, HE, Gel balls, packs, crystals, sensitive skin and fragrance free just to name a few. Sometimes its easier to just make it, know whats in it and feel like you have obtained a good value for your family. So you can focus on the task at hand. Instead of clipping coupons, chasing down the next crazy sale or trying to find detergent safe for babies.

Homemade Laundry Detergent Powder

Homemade laundry detergent powder detergent has its advantages. If you spill it you can clean it up for example. Although it does need to dissolve in the wash machine, it is more compact for storage and frankly being my preferred method has left my clothes clean, smelling good and soft since I started.


The first thing you’ll be amazed by is the amount you need to use. Simply add 1-3 tablespoons per laundry load depending on the size of the load and if you have a HE washing machine.


*Ingredients equal in volume approximately 1-4.5oz bar of soap per cup

  • Homemade Bar Soap Shaved (or store bought)
  • Washing Soda
  • Borax

The first step in making homemade laundry detergent is shaving the bar. Any kitchen or crafting knife you have around will work. Its easier to cut it into chunks, but you end result will be more coarse. Put in the other ingredients and mix the 3 well. The powder is ready to use as is or you can take it another step by running it through a blender or food processor designated for projects. Store in air tight container-tub.

This recipe could easily be made in large batches. Mix equal ounces of washing soda and borax with 2/3 that number of shaved soap. Inexpensive and fast.

Homemade Laundry Detergent without Borax

Many of you might want to make homemade laundry detergent without borax. Although I use it as do many others it has gotten a bad rap in some circles over the years. So looked into alternatives. At first we though that baking soda might be a viable option for a homemade laundry detergent without borax. We quickly found out why it has all, but been replaced on the store shelves. It is considered safer, but lacks the cleaning power needed. After much fiddling and adjusting multiple recipes we came to conclusion. If your going to go this route make it simple. Use either of the above  homemade laundry detergent recipes without borax by merely doubling the washing soda. This was the best method we could produce or find anywhere.

what can i use to scent homemade laundry detergent?

Now that we have the basics down lets go over some of the add ons that you can use to scent homemade laundry detergent. Turn it into your own style. This all starts with the soap selection and your priorities. I like to use a natural coconut oil soap, because I like the feel and smell of my clothes. A more laid back smell it doesn’t take great quantities of essential oils to change the batches. Saving money. Maybe you already have an oil mix you like or a soap you love. All should easily incorporate into our recipes. There really isn’t a quantity amount that I can give for each batch as this will vary, but try some new things let us know what your making.

  • Lavender
  • Orange Citrus
  • Vanilla
  • Patchouli
  • Mint or Peppermint for Chrstmas
  • Lemon

Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

Making Homemade liquid laundry detergent is a easy. Make it in just a few steps. It is a great option for those wanting a  already dissolved solution. They also make adding essential oils and other fragrances a breeze. Which we will discuss later in the article.

What do I need to make homemade laundry detergent?
  • 5 gallon bucket
  • Borax
  • Washing Soda
  • 25oz Bar Soap

1. Cut the 25 oz of bar soap into small chunks no grate needed that will be easier to melt. Add to large cooking pot with 6 cups water. On a medium heat allow pieces to melt completely. This should take about 15 minutes.

2. Using your bath faucet for ease fill bucket 1/3 with warm water. Combing in it the melted mixture, and 1 cup each of the remaining items. Stir vigorously. Tip: A drill with a paddle attachment makes quick work of this.

3. Fill to top with more water. Stir well one more time. Put a lid on it and let it sit for a night to turn into gel. The homemade liquid laundry detergent is now ready to be put in small containers for use.

4. For general clothes washing use 1/2 cup per load for best results. Reuse old store bought jugs or gallon containers to save space near the laundry room.


Is it Cheaper to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent?

Absolutely, it is cheaper to make it at home. While more time consuming the cost savings is HUGE! We did the had math and these mixes come in near .05 a load. Most store bought laundry detergent is upwards of .15 when not on sale. It might seem like a small savings, but if you’re like me with a busy house full of kids, laundry and everyday life then these savings add up quick. The numbers were also calculated with out coupons or sales so you can quickly see how one could get this number down to .03 or .02. That is like getting free laundry detergent!

Zote For Whites

Need a batch of Zote homemade laundry detergent for whites? It is a great little product used by many of the big names, but there is a big secret. It doesn’t actually make shirts white it makes them glow. Reactive to light it glows a mild florescent giving the perception of a glowing white.

Substitute bar soap with an equally quantity in ounces of zote. Your white sox will never be dingy.

Frequently Asked Questions


1. Is homemade laundry detergent safe for he washing machines?

Yes, when used in the directed proportions I have not seen any ill effects to either types of machines.

2. How does homemade laundry detergent compare to name brand?

It is the same essentially. Both use similar ingredients to achieve the same results.

3. What kind of soap can be used to make homemade laundry detergent?

While most can be used we suggest using a dove or better quality if buying it. Most natural soaps work perfect.

4. Where can I buy the items I will need?

Most items can be purchased at a local grocer. If this is not a option to to lack of selection might I suggest.

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