All Natural Laundry Soap

All Natural Laundry Soap

I’ve been on a quest to find recipes for all-natural, homemade cleaning products. I’m still skeptical about the all-natural items I purchase, so like my food, if I know everything going into my cleaning products, I can feel better about them. I finally found a recipe for powdered laundry soap that actually works. I have a top loader, HE washing machine and all products used are safe for it.

1 bar Dr. Bronner’s Castile Bar Soap (I use the Lavendar scent)

1/2 cup Borax

1/2 cup Arm and Hammer Washing Soda

Laundry Soap Recipe

  • Finely grate the bar of soap. It takes a few extra minutes, but make sure to use the most fine blade on the grater. I tried to cheat once and use the larger blade to make the job faster, and the soap didn’t dissolve as well in the washer. I bought a grater at the Dollar Store that I  use for soap only.
  • Combine grated soap with the Borax and Washing Soda.
  • Mix well and store in an airtight container. (If I was more Pinteresty, I’m sure I’d store mine in a cute Mason Jar, with a fancy label but alas, mine just goes in an old Tupperware cereal container).
  • Use 1 tablespoon for normal loads, 2 tablespoons for soiled or heavy loads (I always have a full washer so usually use 2 tablespoons). Again, I bought a tablespoon at the Dollar Store and keep in right in the container. This amount usually lasts about a month.

I’ve found that my clothes don’t look as dingy and they smell more fresh than they did when I was using commercial, all-natural soap. I do soak clothes that have stains (which is pretty much every shirt my 5 year old wears) in a sink with cold water and some Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap straight up before washing. As well as this works for regular washing, I’ve yet to find a good, all-natural stain remover.

I did try something similar to this (minus the Castile soap) for the dishwasher and didn’t think it’ worked well so if you have any recipes for dish soap, please share.


  1. meya November 18, 2012 at 3:19 am

    Thank you this. What recipes have you tried that didn’t work? I’ve read to also add baking sodawhat do you think?

  2. Tonia April 14, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Pouring hydrogen peroxide on stains and letting them sit is supposed to get stains out :)

  3. Shaun Mclain May 20, 2013 at 11:29 am

    This is nice information blog. Thanks for Sharing.

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