Another Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe

I have been really enjoying the original homemade laundry detergent recipe. Have you tried it? The only reason why I decided to find another recipe is because I ran out of washing soda. For some reason it is difficult to find washing soda in my town. The closest store that sells it is an hour away. I did find out I can purchase washing soda online at Ace Hardware and have it delivered to my local store. Unfortunately they are out of it online so I couldn’t get any this time around and I am out of laundry detergent. Who would of thought I need to stock up on washing soda.

I decided that I probably have enough ingredients in the house to make some other kind of detergent. I did a quick Google search for homemade laundry detergent that brought me to one of my favorite blogs. Lindsay over at Passionate Homemaking offers a recipe using Dr. Bronner’s castile soap, which I just happen to have. The other three ingredients are baking soda (or the washing soda that I don’t have), salt and water. Since this recipe calls for either baking soda or washing soda, I wonder if I could use baking soda in my other recipe…hmmm?

I was able to quickly whip up a gallon of laundry detergent and yes it’s liquid this time. Infact, it’s mostly water. This is going to take some getting used to but for now it will do. I was able to wash a few loads today with it and so far so good. It’s not likely I will continue to make this recipe. I like the other recipe better. Although, I do like how easy it was to make. I didn’t have to grate or grind anything. Hmmm, saving time might be enough to make me switch. I will have to test this recipe a little more and see if I am willing to make the switch.

The New Homemade Laundry Detergent

1 cup castile liquid soap ( I used Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Pure-Castile Soap, 18-in-1 Hemp Unscented Baby Mild but  scented soap might be more appealing for laundry detergent)
2 cups warm water
1/3 cup salt
1 cup baking soda or washing soda

You will also need a one gallon container. I used the same one gallon glass container I used for the old recipe.

Here is a picture of my gallon container with the new detergent in it. She’s not pretty and she won’t win any beauty contests but she’s useful. Why am I referring to my laundry detergent as a she?


Her name is Martha.

Mix warm water with salt and baking soda until almost dissolved. Add liquid soap and then fill the rest of the container with water. Lindsay suggests using 1/4-1/2 cup of detergent per load.

Don’t forget you can add distilled vinegar to your rinse cycle as a fabric softener.

If you decide to try this recipe, please let me know how it goes :).

7 Responses to “Another Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe”

  • They usually carry the washing soda at the Ace in Inyokern, so let me know if you want me to pick some up next time I’m there or I can have my parents bring it when they visit (which is pretty often). And, in case you are interested, I have this natural laundry detergent recipe similar to the above, but powder:
    2 cups grated castile soap bar
    3 cups borax
    4 cups baking soda
    approx. 2 tsp lavender, lemon, or grapefruit essential oil
    combine all & mix w/wire wisk
    use 1/8 cup per load
    Also been meaning to ask you if you use much raw honey & would be interested in splitting a case. I get mine in Ridgecrest for a great price, 12 qt. jars for $100. They have several flavors but my fav is desert wildflower.

  • Mona:


    I am hoping that Ace online will have it again soon so I can order. I will let you know if I need you to get me some.
    Thanks for the other laundry soap recipe. I think I have seen that one.

    I just bought a gallon of honey from Azure but might be interested in about two months to buy some with you if you can wait. The price you gave is about the same as Azure, plus it’s more local so that’s even better. If you have any for me to try that would be great too. I just bought some raw honey from Save Mart and it turn out not very tasty. It will work for baking but that’s about it. So before I buy a large amount of honey I would like to try it first.

    Thanks 🙂

  • Today I will be making laundry detergent for the first time…I’ll be starting with the powder recipe. I’m very excited about this, because not only do I know what the ingrediants are, but it is also a big $$$ saver! Anyway, my question is if using vinegar in place of softener, does it give your clothes that vinegary smell? I don’t mind it, but my guys do! Thank you for sharing all of the wonderful talents God has blessed you with!

  • Mona:

    Melissa Carr,

    That’s great Melissa. I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I have.
    The vinegar smell wears off in the heat so your cloths don’t smell like vinegar. They don’t really have any scent. I started putting a rag with a few drops of essential oil on it in the dryer with the cloths. It makes the cloths smell real nice. I used Melrose but I think Lavender would be really nice for laundry.
    If you have any more questions don’t hesitate to ask.
    Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • I’m so happy to have this recipe, Mona. I’m going to try it. One question: do you know if this soap will work for cloth diapers? From what I’ve read, the main objection to using homemade laundry soap woth cloth diapers is that borax can break down pul the material used in diaper covers. I wonder if the castile soap will be too oily and cause absorption problems. Any idea?



  • Holly:

    Did anyone try this on cloth diapers? My daughter is VERY sensitive and I want to cut out the borax. Just curious if it worked?

  • Mona:

    I would imagine this would be good for sensitive skin because Dr. Bronner’s Castile soaps are very mild. I have used it on my hair and skin as a body soap and shampoo.

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