DIY Laundry Detergent

I love making my own DIY laundry detergent. It makes me feel better knowing what is going into my clothes and laundry. This recipe is quick, easy, has no bleach, harsh chemicals or toxins. There are only 3 ingredients, it only takes me about 15 to put it together and this jar will last a long time.

For this recipe, you will need washing soda, borax powder, and
Dr. Bronner’s castille bar soap. There are several scents of the Dr. Bronner’s soap, but I prefer the lavender scent. There is an almond, tea tree, eucalyptus, citrus and even unscented, so there are lots of options for your personal preference.

You will start by grating 1 – 1 1/2 bars of the bar soap, depending on the amount you are making. I just use a hand grater and a large bowl, because I will add the other 2 ingredients to the bowl with the soap, once it’s grated. I store my laundry detergent in a half gallon (64oz.) mason jar and use my dymo label maker for the label. For this size jar, I use 1 1/2 bars of the soap.

This is what your soap will look like when you’re finished grating. Then you want to add equal parts borax powder and washing soda. Once you have made this you will have an idea of how much of each your container will hold. For now, just measure about 1 cup of each until you get the right amount to fill your jar.

This is what your mixture will look like when you are done. You only need to use about 2 Tablespoons per load.

I keep my extra ingredients in mason jars, as well, but certainly you can keep them stored in their box. I just like the look of the mason jars sitting out with the cute labels on them.

There is a vintage box on top of my washing machine and I keep all of my laundry supplies in it. I like the look of the glass jars with neat labels and it’s easy to grab as I need it.

I’m looking forward to sharing more DIY cleaning recipes and storage ideas with you in the future. I would love to hear about any cleaning products you make and recipes you love.


for more ideas on using the dymo label maker, you might enjoy this post.


  1. Can you use the laundry detergent in an HE Front load washing machine?

    1. Yes, mine is an HE front load.

  2. Can this detergent be used in front loading machines?

  3. Can this detergent be used in a front loading washer?

    1. Yes, mine is a front load.

  4. Pat Burns says:

    I was researching this very subject yesterday!! I’m so glad to read HE info from a source that I trust!! Now, I will be sure to do this!
    I also read about using vinegar to replace fabric softener. It suggested 1/2 C in the fabric softener drawer. Have you had any experience with vinegar?

    1. I haven’t used vinegar with my washing, but I do use it in my dishwasher rinse aid.

  5. Pat Burns says:

    One by more question—-do you put this mixture in the detergent drawer or directly in the drum? (I read varying thoughts during my deep dive yesterday. )
    Thank you!!

    1. I put it in the powder detergent drawer.

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