IMG_437161350WHY? Because! That’s why! Ha! No – but in all seriousness, there are several reasons to make your own laundry detergent – and here are few main ones:

1) Environmentally friendly

2) Perfect for sensitive skin

3) Simple Ingredients

4) Customizable scents, or scent-free! (also liquid or powder options)


6) A great gift idea! (store in mason jars and tie with a pretty ribbon & label)

Ingredients for liquid laundry soap:

1/2 cup borax (look in the laundry soap isle of your grocery store)

1/2 cup washing soda (I bought a 2kg bag from for $7! )

1 cup grated soap  (I use Dr. Bronner’s pure castille soap in ‘Rose’, it’s subtle yet fresh smelling)

7 litres of water and large bucket (10+ litre bucket)

Optional: 10-
20 drops essential oil (essential oils have anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties). I skipped this ingredient as I use naturally scented soaps, however, you could use both if you wish.

Instructions:washing soda

Fill a pot fill with 2 litres of water

Add soap shavings, stir, and bring to a boil (shavings will dissolve)

While  mixture is boiling, add borax and washing soda to your bucket

Fill your bucket half full of hot tap water and stir

When soap mixture is ready add it to your pail and top up pail with more water. Stir. Add essential oils last if using. Stir. Let cool

You can store the mixture in the pail and scoop out 1/2 cup per large load or pour solution into containers — reuse your laundry soap container for example. OR use wide mouth 1 litre mason jars, which is what I do. Jars for EVERYTHING.

The soap will become a gelatinous mixture and some liquid will separate,  which is normal. This liquid soap works very well in both cold and hot cycles.

soapTrouble-shooting tips:

Whites need a boost? Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your wash

Have an HE machine?  Use about 1/4 cup per large load

Have hard water? Add more washing soda.

This makes A LOT of liquid detergent, making it only pennies per load – super cost efficient!


BONUS: dry laundry detergent (if you prefer) IMG_437161350-1

Grate the bar soap

In a large bowl, mix 2 parts washing soda, 2 parts Borax and 1 part grated soap. (Add a few teaspoons of baking soda if desired)

Store in mason jar or any container with a lid. Large tupperware containers or recycled detergent pod containers work very well for this dry detergent as well.

Use 1/8 to 1/4 cup per load of laundry