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Make Your Own Homemade Laundry Soap – Natural Laundry Soap Recipe

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In this post: Make your own homemade laundry soap with our natural laundry soap recipe that actually cleans!


I’m not a crunchy granola mom. Yes, we homeschool. Yes, we use essential oils. But I’m not crunchy at all. Please don’t take that the wrong way, sometimes I actually wish I was. I’m sure it’s much healthier. Alas, I like my hair dye, my makeup and my leather jacket. But that doesn’t mean I can’t be a little on the crunchy side sometimes, right? At least that’s what I tell myself when I make homemade laundry soap with our natural laundry soap recipe!

homemade laundry soap, powdered laundry soap in a large jar with scoop

Why Homemade Laundry Soap?

When I saw everyone else online making their own versions of homemade laundry soap, I didn’t really think much about it. Why would I want to make something like laundry soap that I could buy already made? Why would I want to spend the time perfecting a soap recipe of all things? It just didn’t interest me.

After awhile though, I thought why not? It would help to eliminate the liquid detergent spills that mysteriously appeared every time my kids did their laundry. And it may turn out to be better and cheaper than store-bought laundry soap. Truthfully, I finally decided to make homemade laundry soap because it would look pretty in a glass jar in our newly renovated laundry room. I kid you not. A lot of my home decisions revolve around whether something looks pretty.

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HML Laundry Soap Label

Homemade Laundry Soap Elements

I suppose I could have just bought powdered laundry soap and poured it into a glass jar, since my decision was mostly about aesthetics. But that seemed super, um, fake, I guess. So I checked out what elements were needed in a homemade laundry soap and got to work.

Borax

Borax is a naturally occurring mineral made up of sodium, boron, oxygen, and water. It helps to whiten whites, remove soap residue, and inhibits fungi and bacteria. Keep it out of reach of young children and pets though, as even small amounts can be harmful to them.

Super Washing Soda

Washing Soda is also known as as sodium carbonate, soda ash, and soda crystals. Washing soda is a naturally occurring substance derived from the ash of sodium-rich plants. It can help to soften water, fix dyes to fabrics and remove laundry stains. Keep it in a dry place though as it will absorb moisture and become very hard.

Castile Soap Bar

Castile soap, which originates from the Castile region of Spain, is a type of soap made from plant oils. It is a “true soap” and not simply a chemical detergent. It’s sensitive on skin, it’s biodegradable and Earth-friendly making it a wonderful product to use when making your own household products. (Source)

Essential Oils (optional)

Everyone loves the smell of a fresh clean load of laundry. The problem is that most of the time that smell is just added chemical fragrances. To get a clean fresh laundry scent, we add essential oils if we use the plain castile soap bars to make the laundry soap. We leave them out if we buy the lavender castile soap bars.

OxiClean (optional)

OxiClean is made of sodium carbonate (washing soda),  sodium carbonate peroxyhydrate (a granular substance made by combining sodium carbonate and hydrogen peroxide) and ethoxylated alcohol C12-C16 (n alcohol that has been industrially processed to create a surfactant). (Source) Basically the addition of OxiClean isn’t necessary, but if you’d like to boost your laundry cleaning a bit more, you can add it. We only do sometimes and only because we already had OxiClean on hand.

Natural Laundry Soap Recipe

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Supplies

Instructions

Video Tutorial

 

Step-by-Step Tutorial

1. Grate soap bars in a food processor.

2. Mix all ingredients in a glass bowl or container and stir well. Use regular unscented Dr. Bronner’s Soap bar or use the Lavender soap bar instead of lavender essential oils.

3. Store in a large glass jar with a scoop.

4. Use approximately 2-4 tablespoons, depending on wash load size and dirt level. Always follow instructions on your washing machine for detergent!

powdered laundry soap in a large jar with scoop beside a larger jar filled with old fashioned clothes pins

You don’t have to be all one way or another. Some things don’t have to be all or nothing (she says to herself as much as to you). You can be a little crunchy sometimes. You can make your own laundry soap and still use disposable diapers and plastic baggies.

And you may just find that you actually like the homemade laundry soap better than the store bought versions – and keep on making it.

Click here to make your own homemade reusable dryer sheets to go with your homemade laundry soap!

HML Laundry Soap Label

Make Your Own Homemade Laundry Soap - Natural Laundry Soap Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $10 or less
Make your own homemade laundry soap with our natural laundry soap recipe that actually cleans!

Materials

  • 2 parts borax
  • 2 parts baking soda super washing soda
  • 1 part grated Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap bar (use lavender if you’d like!)
  • 20 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
  • OxiClean (optional)

Tools

  • Food processor

Instructions

  1. Grate soap bars in a food processor.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a glass bowl or container and stir well. Use regular unscented Dr. Bronner’s Soap bar or use the Lavender soap bar instead of lavender essential oils.
  3. Store in a large glass jar with a scoop.
  4. Use approximately 2-4 tablespoons, depending on wash load size and dirt level. Always follow instructions on your washing machine for detergent!

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HML Laundry Soap Label 2

What’s next?

Do you want to use essential oils in your home more, but feel like there’s so much info out there? 

Check out The Complete Guide to Using Essential Oils in Your Home packed with everything you need to know to – without the overwhelm.

Includes: which grades of essential oils to use, which ones to avoid for pets and babies and the top 13 essential oils that are perfect for beginners. Plus, recipes and tips for making your own home remedies, soaps, scrubs and cleaners and more. 

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Click here to get the fun & free printable cleaner labels.

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Comments

  1. Susan says

    I think this is a very interesting idea Shannon. It sure looks pretty. How would you say it cleans in comparison to a commercial laundry detergent such as Tide? Did you notice a difference?

    • Shannon Acheson says

      I’ve not noticed a difference at all. We were already using a non-scented, sensitive skin friendly laundry soap. So there’s no scent difference. And our clothes are nice and clean. 🙂

    • Shannon Acheson says

      We did recently have to switch to a scented laundry product for our hard-working teenage son…teen boys are apparently very stinky. The other option we’ve done with him is to run his clothes through with a cup of vinegar and then again with a cup of baking soda…but that means twice the loads for his stuff. Thus the scented commercial soap we are using for just him for now.

  2. Jann Olson says

    Your laundry room looks so fun! I made my own once, but need to do it again. Thanks for sharing the how to’s with Share Your Cup.
    hugs,
    Jann

  3. Kym says

    This is one of those things that I keep meaning to do, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. Thanks for the how-to and reminder! (Visiting from Breakthrough Homeschooling)

  4. Carol says

    I always enjoy reading about other bloggers’ favorite homemade cleaning products. This sounds great! Pinned and shared. Thanks for linking up at Welcome Spring Link Party.

  5. Leilani says

    I found this on the blog hop and will definitely have to try it. I have tried a few different recipes but not this one. Thank you for the info!

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