Doing your own laundry can be quite troublesome, but you don’t have to make it worse by using detergents loaded with harmful chemicals and dyes. These can be really irritating on the skin and are also bad for the environment. Sure, there are plenty of “green” detergents out on the market, but many of them still have chemicals hidden within the list of ingredients.

Making your own homemade laundry detergent not only saves you money, but is also environmentally friendly, and cleans just as well as commercial detergents & soap. Follow this recipe to make your own laundry detergent with ingredients found in a grocery store or online.


  • 1 bar of Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile soap (Choose your favorite scent!)
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1/4 cup coarse sea salt
  • Airtight Container (Such as a glass mason jar)


  • Begin by either grating the Dr. Bronner’s soap by hand, or make quick work of it by using your food processor.
  • Place the grated soap in a bowl and mix with the rest of the ingredients. Use a pastry blender if it gets too clumpy!
  • Place your mixture in your airtight container and that’s it! Your homemade laundry detergent is ready for use!


With regular sized loads use 1 Tablespoon of the detergent. For large loads or heavily soiled clothes, use 2 Tablespoons.


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