Do It Yourself: Non-Toxic Effective Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipes


Home made laundry detergent non-toxic ingredientsManufacturers of laundry products spend a great deal of money to convince you that their products contain “magical” ingredients that can solve your laundry problem. However, typical laundry detergents are leaving more on your clothes than a “fresh” scent, which is not the case with a homemade laundry detergent you made and you know it’s ingredients.

Have you ever wondered why common laundry detergent brands don’t disclose questionable ingredients on the product labels? Or, why such products often bear warning labels like “danger”, “caution”, “corrosive”, “extremely flammable”, “strong sensitizer”, or even “poison”? That’s because their cleaning powers are stemming from strong allergens such as linear alkyl sodium sulfonates (LAS), sodium hypochlorite, EDTA (ethylene-diamine-tetra-acetate), phenols, carcinogenic petrochemical solvent such as 1,4-dioxane, optical brighteners of unknown origin and artificial fragrances linked to various toxic effects on marine life, as well as allergic reactions in humans.

Most of these toxic ingredients leave chemical residues behind on your clothes. Later on, they get transferred to your skin or evaporate in the air that you breathe causing a number of unknown or unpredictable effects such as skin and eyes irritations, respiratory problems, organ toxicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, unexplained mutations and cancers.

You might think that in an age of convenient online shopping and 24-hour supermarkets, it seems a bit obsolete to be talking about homemade laundry detergent. However, healthy laundry practices are  imperative when you have children and pregnant women in the house or family members suffering from allergies, respiratory problems, endocrine problems or cancer.

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipes

It’s actually pretty easy and inexpensive to whip up a homemade laundry detergent, and doing so not only keeps toxic chemicals out of your home, but also helps you reduce the amount of plastic trash you generate and minimize waste water contamination. Here are some ideas for dirt cheap formulas that work well in any temperature wash water and don’t have any magical ingredients that you can’t pronounce. Instead, the cleaning power of these soaps comes from combining clean and pure ingredients that are long known to be safe, such as: castile soap, baking soda, laundry soda, white distilled vinegar, borax, glycerin, and essential oils.



Basic Laundry Liquid Soap Formula

Combine all the ingredients into a container. Shake well before adding to the wash.
To use, add about ¼ cup per average load or ⅓ cup for extra large or soiled loads.


Hard Water Laundry Gel Formula

Makes aprox. 1 gallon of laundry detergent.

Bring 4 cups (1L) of water to a boil in a large pot (5 gallons or so).
Add the grated soap and dissolve over low heat mixing with a stainless steel spoon.
When all incorporated, stir in 5 cups of water, the laundry soda and the borax mixing very well.
Poor the solution in a empty laundry detergent 1 gallon jug or pail.
Finally, add aprox. 5 cups of water filling to the top.
Mixing very well and you are ready to start doing your laundry.

It takes about a day for the detergent to reach a thick gel consistency. Shake well before each use.

For extra stain removing power you can add 1 cup Nellie’s All-Natural Oxygen Brightener powder to the entire mixture or add as directed on the box for each load of laundry.

To use, add about ¼ cup per average load or ⅓ cup for extra large or soiled loads.


Laundry Soap Powder

Combine all ingredients well and store in a heavy duty container.
Use ⅛ cup per average load or ¼ cup for extra large or soiled loads.

4 Responses to Do It Yourself: Non-Toxic Effective Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipes

  1. Edward January 4, 2013 at 2:01 PM #

    This is excellent information and a much better way to wash our laundry! I had a neighbor several years ago who made his own soaps and would then run the waste water from the clothes washer down onto his fruit trees. It worked great, saved water and he had some of the most amazing peaches, apricots and plums too. Thanks for sharing!

    • AV January 5, 2013 at 8:37 AM #

      Now that you’ve said this, I remember my grandma collecting the rain water and using it with homemade laundry soap to wash the clothes then she would dump the water in a little ditch that was running parallel to her garden! Her tomatoes were unbelievable! Funny how that works!

    • Carlos March 20, 2013 at 8:27 AM #

      Was that really seuoirs?? Hmm, interesting. But I don’t like cookie scent on our clothes. Also, in my opinion, I think they need to change the packaging. There might be some careless moms who will just leave it somewhere where the kids can find. And they might think its food since, there’s cookie on the picture.


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