Natural Homemade Laundry Detergent

Welcome to the first post in our “Natural Cleaning Series.”

Our first post is all about laundry detergent! Ok, I don’t know about you but, laundry detergent is one of those things I dread buying. Even the cheapest laundry detergent at Costco is $15. And I usually go through 1-2 big bottles of it per month.

I know that seems like a lot, but we do a lot of towel washing in Hawai’i and my kids do a lot of clothes changing in between swim suits. It’s enough to drive any mother mad! But sandy towels are no fun, so endless laundry is a must! At least when I’m being a good mom who gets all the laundry done and doesn’t send her kid to school in lightly worn clothing…which of course I’ve never done!
Another downside of store bought laundry soap is skin sensitivity. I have several children with very sensitive skin. Two of them have had eczema for several years. But guess what? A few weeks after using this natural homemade laundry soap….eczema nearly gone! Awesome! I owe this recipe to my fabulous sister in law, who we all thought was a total weirdo hippie until we started actually taking her suggestions…and here I am blogging about it! So thanks Steph!

So making your own laundry soap is so cheap and easy! It only requires 4 ingredients. Borax, Washing Soda, Fels Naptha Soap and Essential Oils. You can use whatever oil you like the smell of best. Some of my favorites are orange, lemon and lavender. So what IS this STUFF?!

1.BORAX: You may have seen your mother or grandmother use this. Growing up, my mom used to put this in the water of our Christmas tree…I’m still not sure why. If anyone knows, please clue me in. It is 100% pure, natural mineral that comes from the earth. Once it is removed from the ground, it is washed and dried and then boxed up for use in cleaning products. The technical name for Borax is tetraborate. How cool is that? A natural, mineral that works as a cleaning product!

2. WASHING SODA: You also may have seen your grandmother using this one! It is also a natural substance that is made from limestone and salt. The scientific name for this is sodium carbonate. It is safe and contains no chemicals just like Borax!


3. FELS-NAPTHA: This is simply a mild laundry bar and stain remover. I wouldn’t eat it because it won’t taste good, but it won’t kill you. It does smell pretty awesome though!


4. Essential Oils: Essential Oils are oils extracted from plants. They are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs. doTERRA Essential Oils are CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) and are safe for ingestion. Citrus oils are especially good for cleaning as well as Melaleuca and On Guard Essential Oil Blend which has been proven antibacterial and antiviral. Some of my favorite essential oils for laundry soap are lavender, wild orange, and citrus bliss, but you can use any oil.

Alright, now that you’re educated on your natural cleaning materials, let’s get started making some laundry soap! Woo-hoo! Here’s what you’ll need:

1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing Soda
1 Bar Fels-Naptha
30 drops Essential Oils
Cheese Grater
Tablespoon Scoop

Finely grate your bar of Fels-Naptha soap with a cheese grater or food processor, mix with 1 cup Borax and 1 cup Washing Soda. Drop in Essential Oils. Mix. Add 1-2 Tablespoons of mixture to your wash.

“That’s it?!” you say? “I’ve been paying $30 a month for laundry detergent when I could have been making my own in 5 minutes for $3?!” Yes that is correct! I find that this mixture lasts me about a month doing 1-2 large loads of laundry per day. So, get grating, save yourself some money and spare your family the chemicals!

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About Vanessa Hunt

I'm Vanessa. I love life. Everything about it (almost)! People fascinate me! We are all so unique and I love meeting new people from around this crazy planet! I have 4 babies that keep me busier than I ever imaged and a fabulous husband who helps me run this circus that we call a family. I'm kind of a health food geek, but am trying to find the balance that works for a large family. I am blessed to call Paradise my home (Hawaii) and we are happy to be beach bums!

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