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Homemade Laundry Detergent

By: The Cleancult Team

One of the most common questions of people when choosing to start using a natural, non toxic 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 natural detergents, you could definitely start making your natural laundry detergent at home. And it would be a great step towards a healthy, natural living. There are many benefits of switching over to 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 present here two different recipes of homemade laundry powder that are both safe for your skin, and safe for the environment. One of the recipes is of homemade laundry detergent without borax and one with borax. Both are easy, effective, natural, and non-toxic, though! You can easily find all of the ingredients used in both recipes either on grocery stores or online stores, whichever one you prefer to use when buying house cleaning products.

Borax-free recipe:


  1. 2 Tablespoons of Sal Suds
  1. 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.

Laundry detergent recipe, with Borax:


  1. 1 cup of Borax (you can find Borax in almost any grocery store or online store).
  1. 1 cup of Washing soda (also available at most grocery stores).
  1. Grated bar of soap (preferably a natural bar of soap, but any bar of soap will do the trick).
  1. 20 drops of essential oils (optional). Lemon or lime work great.

To make the laundry powder, grate the soap using a hand grater or food processor. Remember to grate it into fine particles, so that it dissolves easily. Then, carefully mix the washing soda and borax (we recommend using gloves, since these substances can be drying if used directly on skin). Add the optional essential oils, and stir. Store in a glass jar and use 1-2 tablespoons per load. Done!

Both of these homemade laundry detergent recipes are safe to use with HE washers! Both of them are 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.

Moreover, to get the best, natural, and nontoxic experience, we actually recommend the Borax-free recipe, which is the most natural, and effective. Even though Borax is non-toxic, totally safe and is a naturally occurring compound, you may find yourself using a regular bar of soap, which may contain chemicals that are either harmful to you or to the environment (or both!).

No amount of DIY laundry detergents will get you the same cleaning as an industrially made, effective detergent. Cleancult is made with all-natural, safe, non-toxic 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.