Homemade Laundry Detergent

By: The Cleancult Team

September 07, 2017

One of the most common questions of people when choosing to start using a green laundry detergent is: “Can I create it myself? Could I create homemade laundry detergent from a recipe?” And the short answer is: yes, you absolutely can. Even though it won’t be as effective as industrial-grade detergent, or as other specially manufactured detergents, you could definitely start making your own greenlaundry detergent at home. And it would be a great step towards a healthy, natural living. There are many benefits of switching over to a more natural laundry detergent, such as avoiding harsh chemicals, fragrances, artificial colors, and many other additives.

Making your own laundry detergent is much less expensive than regular detergent and is also incredibly easy. Even if you’re just now starting to make the switch to natural living, and wouldn’t yet think about making your own homemade deodorant or homemade dish soap, laundry detergent is a simple and affordable enough switch. There are many different types of ingredients with which you can create your homemade detergent, and you can even make both liquid and powdered detergent. However, we like this recipe for homemade laundry detergent without borax. Super easy, effective, and green! You can easily find all of the ingredients used in grocery stores or online, whichever one you prefer to use when buying house cleaning products.

Borax-free recipe:


  1. 2 Tablespoons of Sal Suds
  2. ¼ cup baking soda or 2 tablespoons of washing soda

Add both ingredients at the beginning of the wash cycle. For an extra cleaning boost, add ¼ - ½ cup white vinegar to the rinse cycle. This step is entirely optional but seems to help keep clothes from pilling and looking worn. It's also safe to use with HE washers! Because it produces very low sudsing soaps, which make them ideal to use with these types of washers. If you are not sure if your washer is a HE Washer or if you are thinking about getting one but are not sure, head on over to our page explaining what these washers are, and why they are so popular these days.

Cleancult is made with safe biodegradable ingredients and is as effective as leading brand detergents. It’s the company’s policy to be transparent about the ingredients inside the detergent manufactured, which can be found here.