In the inedible category, though still a recipe, sits laundry detergent. I started making my own laundry detergent about four years ago, and have never looked back. It’s quite simple, and best of all, it is much cheaper than buying laundry detergent. But does it work? That’s the question I have been asked by several people when the topic has come up in conversation. My response to them… “you tell me.” I believe after four years, I would likely have an unfortunate scent accompanying me everywhere I go if my laundry detergent were subpar. No one has complained of any such scent, and my clothes have the same magnificent appearance that they had in my laundry-detergent-purchasing days, so I think it is safe to say homemade detergent does a fine job. Without further ado, I present to you my recipe.


  • 3 parts borax
  • 2 parts washing soda
  • 2 parts baking soda
  • 2 parts grated bar soap


  1. Combine all ingredients and mix well. 

Notes & Tips

  • I use 1 tablespoon per average size load of laundry. We have soft water and front load machines. Experiment to find the perfect amount.
  • Select a soap that is not extremely fragrant.
  • Vegetarians and vegans: a couple of brands of bar soaps that do not contain animal fats are Dr. Bronner’s and Method.
  • Using a food processor to grate the bar soap has turned out to be a major time saver. Put the cheese grater on. Allow the soap to fall into the food processor bowl to be further chopped by the chopper component. Your soap will be grated within seconds. If you don’t have a food processor, a cheese grater works just as well.

Grated Bar Soap

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe was last modified: February 1st, 2015 by Audrey

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