3 Super Easy DIY Laundry Detergents

Manufacturers of laundry products spend a lot of money trying to convince us that their products contain some sort of magical ingredients that can solve every laundry problem. Well, they don’t. They contain caustic bleach, EDTA and optical brighteners, which are strong allergens. The fact is that most commercial laundry detergent contains 70% ordinary washing soda. The difference is the fragrance, additives and colors. So why not make your own? It takes very little time to do, is not expensive and you’ll have the self satisfaction of knowing exactly what’s in your product.

Homemade Powdered Laundry Soap with Citric Acid

Citric acid helps soften water and adds extra cleaning powder. It also has
antibacterial properties.
You will need
● 1 bar natural soap
● 1 cup washing soda
● ½ cup baking soda
● ½ cup citric acid
● ¼ cup coarse sea salt
● 10 drops lemon essential oil, optional
Grate soap and mix all ingredients together, except essential oil. Once mixed, add essential oil and stir to distribute evenly.
Store in an airtight container.
To use
Add 2 tablespoons  of mixture per load of laundry. Add another tablespoon to extra
soiled loads. Use warm water to help the soap dissolve.

This is the ORIGINAL homemade laundry detergent recipe. 

This powdered detergent recipe requires just three simple ingredients and takes only a few minutes to make.


Detergent Recipe

Each batch yields approximately 32 ounces (between 32-64 loads based on how many Tbsp used per load).


  • 1 bar (or 4.5 ounces) shaved  bar soap (a homemade laundry bar, Dr. Bronner’s, Kirk’s Castile Saop, Ivory, ZOTE, or Fels-Naptha)
  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup washing soda


Thoroughly stir together for several minutes and enjoy the results! You can take this a step further and blend the mixture in a blender or food processor to create a powder that will dissolve easily even in cold water. (Just be sure to let the dust settle before removing the lid of your blender or food processor so you don’t inhale the fine particles.) Store in a sealed container with a small scoop.

To Use

Use 1 Tbsp per small load (or 2-3 Tbsp for large or heavily soiled loads).


Homemade Laundry Detergent { With Oxygen}

You will need:


  1. Pour borax, washing soda, and oxygen in container.
  2. Cover container.
  3. Shake! Shake! Shake!

How to Use

  • Use 2 Tablespoons for a top loader
  • Use 1 Tablespoon for a HE front loader added directly to the drum with the laundry

Notes: I used Oxyclean for this recipe, hence the blue speckles in the powder.

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