HE Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe

Whether you're just trying to save a few cents, or take the "natural wellness" thing into your own hands, making your own cleaners is a pretty satisfying endeavor!

All the machines are HE, or high efficiency, now, which means they ask for a low-sudsing recipe. This is the "tweaked" version of the DIY laundry detergent which works best with those high efficiency washing machines.


1 Laundry Bar Soap (about 5ish oz), grated:

I pick up some Fan Laundry Soap bars whenever I'm in Chinatown because they come in packs of 2 for $1.20. They smell wonderful, like a Chinese laundry. If you don't have a Chinatown nearby, Zote or Fels-Naptha works just fine. If you're trying to be "all-nautral" about this, go for the Dr. Bronner's.

The best place to get laundry bar soap is at family-run 99-cent stores, which have surprising varieties of laundry bars at bottom prices.

1 cup Baking Soda or Washing Soda

Use baking soda for a milder detergent, or if you don't want to buy an extra product. For the full force stain removal, get washing soda. They're pretty much the same thing, only washing soda is more powerful. If you have messy kids or a job that looks like it came out of a Chevy truck commercial (slingin' mud and makin' hay!) you might want to go with the washing soda.

Since I'm an office-job city dweller, baking soda is just fine for me.

1 cup Borax

Borax sounds pretty "chemically" but the truth is, it's a just rock that comes out of the ground and has a safety rating similar to salt. Just don't get it in your eyes or eat large amounts of it, and you'll be fine. Used on its own as a natural insect repellent and metal sink polisher, it's a pretty amazing natural compound.


Grate the laundry bar with a cheese grater, and put in a big tub or jar (I use an old pickle jar.) Dump in the borax and baking soda. Shake shake shake - That was easy!

I use 1 or 2 tablespoons per load, depending on load size. This stuff lasts a loooooooong time.

Happy Washing!

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