Homemade Laundry Detergent

How to Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

Let’s be real here. If I can spend less money on it, I will. Laundry detergent is one of those things. Switching from store bought to home made is very easy in this case because we’ve got two ingredients. Of course, additionally you can throw in some essential oils or some vinegar for reasons explained later, but that’s besides the point.

What You’ll Need

  • Food Processor
  • Knife
  • 3 bars of your favorite natural soap or castile soap- I recommend 5oz bars, preferably coconut oil based, and local if there’s any soap makers in your area! San Diego Natural Soap Company has some delicious smelling bars!
  • 6 cups of washing soda – Here’s an example!
  • Container to keep your detergent in! (I love mason jars!)
  • Optional: Essential Oils – I recommend Lemon, because it’s a great degreaser! Others that often work well in the wash: Lavender, Orange, Grapefruit


Making Your Detergent

  1. Begin by cutting the bars of soap into smaller pieces. Your food processor will thank you.
  2. Combine the pieces of soap and the washing soda into the food processor.
  3. Blend the two until you have a fine powder. Tip: If your food processor is open, place a damp towel or a washcloth at the opening to prevent powder from floating up and out of the machine.
  4. Optional: If you’re adding essential oils, I recommend adding a teaspoon of your desired essential oil. But add as you please! You have three options:
    1. Whisk the essential oil into your mixture
    2. Blend it in your mixture in the food processor
    3. Add 12-15 drops to a cup of water and add directly to your wash (in the liquid detergent area)
  5. Finally pour into your storage containers. Boom!

Let me know what you think in the comments below!


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