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Homemade Laundry Detergent

How To Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

This Homemade Laundry Detergent is an amazing nontoxic way to clean your clothes!  You will not see a lot of suds from this recipe in your washer, but your clothes will be clean!  This laundry detergent is so simple to make with only 4 ingredients.  I love the antiseptic/antibacterial quality of using essential oils to clean and they smell so good!

Homemade Laundry Detergent:

This recipe is not for HE washers though.  It is for traditional washers.  Working with borax is safe but you need to use precaution.  Be sure to keep it out of the reach of children and pets.  You need to use rubber gloves when you mix it and wash your hands well after you work with it – just as I would any store-bought traditional detergent.

The essential oil will provide an additional disinfectant and give it an awesome aroma.  I like to use a citrus oil, Melaleuca, Lemon essential oil for this recipe. I hope you enjoy making and using this Homemade Laundry Detergent. It is a great way to save money from your household budget.

Homemade Laundry Detergent

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  • 1 bar of shaved soap
  • 1/2 cup of borax
  • 1/2 cup of washing soda
  • 3 drops of essential oil lemon, melaleuca


  • If you are using warm or hot water just add 1 - 2 TBSP of powder to the washer.
  • If using cold water dissolve 1 - 2 TBSP of powder in hot water to be sure it distributes through the clothing properly.
  • You will not see a lot of suds but your clothes will be clean!
Author: Melissa@StockpilingMoms

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  1. Hi Ladies,
    i have just discovered your page, browsing for coupons and policies, thanks for the help !
    i also recently have started to make my own laundry detergent about the same recipe but the liquid version, a few days ago i tried another recipe since i have learned that borax is not quite as safe as i assumed. what is your thought about this?

    1. It is fine if you are safe with it (keep it out of the reach of children and pets). I used gloves when I mix it and wash my hands after I use it – but just as I would any store bought detergent.

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