Homemade Borax-Free Laundry Detergent with price and product comparisons.

Laundry detergentLaundry detergent plays a very large role in daily life.  With 3 active, free-range kids I am doing laundry daily and I require a good soap that will remove dirt and stains effectively.

Commercial laundry detergent, however, contains many irritating, and potentially toxic ingredients.  One of the best-working, most common detergents available is TIDE and even the “free and clear” variety still contains dangerous chemicals that aren’t labelled.  Lori at Groovy Green Livin is leading a campaign to convince TIDE to remove these toxins from their “safe” products.

…it turns out that Tide Free & Gentle® isn’t so gentle. A report recently released by Women’s Voices for Earth, Dirty Secrets: What’s Hiding in Your Cleaning Products?found high levels of the cancer-causing chemical 1,4-dioxane in the detergent. 1,4-dioxane doesn’t appear on the product label or on the product website, so consumers have no way of knowing it’s even there.

This is especially concerning, because Tide Free & Gentle® is marketed to moms as a healthier choice for their children’s laundry. Infants and children are more vulnerable to chemical exposures, because their immune, neurological, and hormone systems are still developing.

1,4-dioxane is a known cancer-causing chemical, and has been linked in animal studies to increased risk of breast cancer.

These days I feel more and more like I can’t trust ANY company to tell me the truth about the ingredients in their products, and so I have been searching for a safe, homemade laundry soap recipe where I will at least know what is in the product.  I found many recipes that used borax, but am uncomfortable with borax ever since reading that borax, though natural, is toxic in large amounts, can be a skin irritant, and may not be as safe as people originally thought.

My search then changed to a borax-free recipe search.  I came across a few, but while searching I also came across some ingredients that will aid in the cleaning process.  By combining a number of recipes and adding ingredients I came up with my own recipe.

Brand Comparison:
I tested my recipe by badly staining 3 pieces of clean white cotton with ketchup, blueberry jam, olive oil and dirt.

I labelled each one and let the stains set for 24 hours.  Then I washed each piece separately in my front loading HE washing machine on “heavy duty” cycle.  I washed one with original TIDE, with an assortment of clean rags.  I washed the second one with SOAP NUTS, same setting, same rags.  And finally, I washed the third one with my own laundry soap recipe on the same setting and with the same rags.  My results demonstrated that the SOAP NUTS did not clean very well in comparison ot the other 2 cleaners.

TIDE appeared to remove a bit more of the ketchup but my detergent appeared to remove the blueberry jam stain better.  Both appeared to remove the dirt and oil equally well.  While I wasn’t expecting it, I was thrilled to find that my soap was actually competing on a level with TIDE without the dangerous chemicals!  The laundry washed with my soap smelled fresh, clean and fragrance-free.

Cost Comparison
Tide Free and Clear costs $8.99 for 40 loads ($0.22 per load) at my local London Drugs and grocery stores.  My recipe, according to my calculations with prices based on where I purchase my ingredients (some ingredients could likely be cheaper elsewhere) is $2.24 – $4.47 for 25 loads ($0.09 to $0.18 per load). The range is based on whether or not you use 1 or 2 tbsp. per load.

Cost comparison based on the following prices:
5 lb. citric acid $20
5lb. baking soda $11.75
5 lb. coarse salt $15
5 lb. washing soda $5.
Pure glycerin bar soap: $2

Purpose for ingredients:
glycerin soap: cleanser
washing soda: cleanser and water softener
baking soda: stain remover and odor remover
citric acid: water softener and color brightener
coarse salt: color stabilizer (helps prevent fading) and fabric softener.

Citric acid, coarse sea salt and baking soda can be purchased in bulk at Mountain Rose Herbs. Alternatively you can often find citric acid at home brewing stores or health stores.

Recipe for Borax-Free Laundry Detergent:


1 bar glycerin soap, grated finely
1 c. washing soda
1/2 c. baking soda
1/2 c. citric acid
1/4 c. coarse salt


  1. Finely grate 1 bar of pure, unscented glycerine soap
  2. Add last 4 ingredients
  3. Mix thoroughly
  4. Place a desiccant in jar to prevent clumping.
  5. Store in airtight container
  6. Add 1-2 tbsp. detergent to machine for clean, safe, fresh laundry!

I was thrilled to discover that I can make a safe, borax-free laundry detergent that cleans clothes very well.  Although somewhat cheaper than TIDE, my main satisfaction lies in the ingredients.  I KNOW what the ingredients are and I trust them to be safe to use on my family’s clothing.


      • You must use a desiccant with this detergent to prevent clumping.  Learn how to make them yourself here.
      • Can these be used on cloth diapers?  I don’t know.  Some people say that a soap of any kind will cause diapers to eventually repel liquid.  You can try it if you wish, and please let me know what conclusion you arrive at!  So what is in your detergent that is actually cleaning your diapers?  That’s just it!  We don’t know!  With this recipe you know exactly what ingredients are being used.
      • Use 1 tbsp. for small load, and 2 tbsp. for large load.


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  1. Thanks for such a simple recipe for laundry detergent-I think I could make this one! Thanks also for the mention about the Tide petition. We have a lot of signatures-hopefully Procter & Gamble will make a change and remove the cancer causing chemicals from their detergents.

  2. I’ve been using a borax/washing soda/grated olive oil soap mixture for my diapers, and have never noticed them losing absorbancy. Thanks for this new recipe, though. I am definitely going to try it!

    • Thanks Kaelin for letting me know that the soap hasn’t caused any issues!

    • Same here– I add 1/3 cup white vinegar to the rinse water and it seems to help keep the buildup. Every six months or so I strip the diapers anyway.

      • Ashley23 says:

        Please don’t take this in any offense this is a serious question. Why would you put a bug poison in your soap? I am 23 yrs old and like many other people who were brought up to shop at these stores and buy tide or whatever is on sale because they make you want it but dont tell you they charge you outrageous amounts to poison yourself!!!! i just found out recently, they put borax in it to make it sudsy…. I know borax is a well known poison for killing unwanted insects, i dont want to get cancer before my time! I am trying this recipe to make my own soap so I know what is in it. you are safer to do that with anything today than to trust the deceiving labels they put on products to trick you for your money.

        • My Mother told me many years ago that the reason borax was considered a bug killer was that the roaches breathed through their legs. The powder clogged those pores and then they suffocated. She died several years ago at age 94 – so, I can’t check with her for the source of that info.

          However, I do find this article very interesting. I have started taking the mineral boron and can tell it is good for me. I have also started taking occasional borax baths.

  3. Just wondering if I could use a bar of castille soap (like Dr Bronner’s) or does it have to be glycerin? Also, I wash with cold water, should I first dissolve this in hot water before adding to the wash? Thanks for your help!

    • I haven’t tried it but I think you can. I’d use as pure a soap as possible. I wash with hot water so I don’t know about cold. Let me know how it goes! Thanks.

      • I use cold water without having to melt the soap first. I grate my soap really fine, and it does the trick! That’s pure olive oil soap from ‘Val’s Veggie Soap’.

        • Thanks for letting me know! It is very helpful for other readers when other people who have done it talk about it!

          • Crystal B says:

            New update: after making the detergent last night with the melted glycerin, I went to start laundry this morning and when I opened the container, even with the silica package in it, the detergent did clump up and it was somewhat difficult to spoon out, so I had an idea and form small approx 2 tablespoon balls with the detergent. I returned the detergent balls to the container, put the lid on, and let them sit for awhile. I just tested one a few minutes ago on a small load and it dissolved perfectly well in the cold water.

          • Great idea! Thanks for sharing your experiences!

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      • Crystal B says:

        I just made some earlier. I first sliced the glycerin soup with a cheese slicer (as fine as I could cuz I don’t have a grater right now LOL!) and added the rest of the ingredients as directed. I wash in cold water only and tried it on my comforter. It seemed to work alright but as I hung the comforter out to dry I noticed a few glycerin flakes on it. So I tried something different and took the other bar of glycerin soap and melted it in a sauce pan. as soon as it was melted I immediately added the rest of the ingredients while the glycerin was hot and mixed it well. The result is a good soap/powdery substance that should dissolve nicely now I would think. I’m going to try it tomorrow when I do laundry.

  4. LadyIsarma says:

    Oh, and any idea if this will work with left over baking soda from the fridge? I know you can put the baking soda out in the sun to remove the “smell” left over from the fridge-use, and I’d assume the other ingredients would solve that problem anyway. What do you think?

  5. Is it possible to make this into a liquid form? I only ever use cold water to wash clothes because it saves me money on my electricity.

  6. This sounds like a great idea and it looks simple enough but where do I find pure glycerin soap? I’ve been looking online and found plenty of soaps to choose from but most have cucumber or berry additives. Would that be at a health food store or do you normally purchase that online and could you give me a brand name?

    Thanks again for the recipe as I’m sure I’m going to be trying it!

  7. Way to go! Great post and excellent tips. Thanks for the DIY recipes. I can’t wait to share your post on our FB Page. :)

  8. I used Borax in my laundry for years…it’s a good cleaning booster but after reading numerous articles about it’s safety I’m ready to make my own laundry detergent. Thanks very much for the recipe!

  9. Crystal B says:

    Is the citric acid suppose to be liquid or powder for this? Just wonder cuz the natural good store that I go to has it in liquid and I’d like to start making this tonight. Thank you for such a great recipe!

  10. Krystal says:

    Do you think one could add essential oils to this recipe if they DO want a scent to it?? Just wondering :P

  11. Thanks so much for this recipe. I have been using the homemade laundry detergent with borax and lately believe it is what has been causing me to itch like crazy. Will try it without the borax and see.

    blessings, jill

  12. great blog, keep up the good work!

  13. I have been making my own detergent for quite a while, and only recently have heard that there are problems with borax. My mom used to use borax on our cloth diapers, and it has always worked well for me, but reading that it might not be safe definitely makes me want to look into other options. Your recipe is quite unique! Very interesting! Have you ever tried using a different kind of soap like dr. bronners bar soap?

    • Castile bar soap is very soft compared to the glycerine. That said, however, a reader made laundry soap balls with the recipe and with castile soap. Too hard to keep it from clumping so she intentionally made it clump! You can scroll up for her explanation. Enjoy!

  14. Different types of fabrics require different types of detergent, so as to preserve the quality of the cloth.

  15. Kati McBride says:

    Where can I find washing soda and do you have a preferred brand? I found a link for making your own washing soda by baking baking soda at 400 degrees

    here’s the link: http://www.pennilessparenting.com/2011/01/homemade-washing-soda.html

    I’d love to know your thoughts on this. I think it would definitely be cost effective as I paid $5 for 5 lbs of baking soda :)

    This is great by the way – I’m very excited to try this out!

    • $5 for 5 lb of baking soda is a great find!!! I have never made washing soda. Thanks for the link! I just buy it in a big carton near the borax, with laundry soaps etc. in the local drug store here. I think most bigger stores that sell a variety of laundry soaps would have it. If you make your own let me know how it goes! Thanks for sharing. I am madly in love with my laundry soap…

      • Kati McBride says:

        I’m going to try it – I’ll let you know the results.
        Whole Foods Market has their private label Baking Soda $0.99 for 1lb if there’s a store near you scoop it up!


        • Good deal! Thanks for sharing.

          • Kati McBride says:

            I made the washing soda and = SUCCESS! I put a pound at a time in the over (in a large baking dish) and baked for 30 minutes at 400 degrees. Came out perfect. I used the soap and my towels (which I couldn’t get the mildew smell out of) are scentless and perfect. Using 2 tbsp per load I am still going to be cutting our per load cost in half from what we used to buy at the store. Thank you thank you. I am not madly in love with your laundry soap recipe as well :)

          • Good for you!!! That’s really neat. Did you mean to write “now madly in love…” as opposed to “not madly in love”? :)
            Glad you are enjoying it. Thanks for sharing your experience! Making products yourself is very satsifying isn’t it!

      • Anonymous says:

        Walmart sells 4 lb. boxes in the laundry isle for around $ 2.18

  16. How does this work in a front load washer?

  17. I’ve been using a SmartKlean ball instead of detergent for the past 2-3 months, and I am not totally sure I’m comfortable that things are getting clean, or more importantly, that bacteria, etc are coming out. Has anybody tried using one? What is your experience? Second question: I’m thinking of trying this recipe, and am wondering if there are ever instances where you would use something else or something additional to your home-made detergent to make sure that things come out clean. (I’m thinking specifically of my cloth mama pads…) Third question: how often and how specifically do you clean your washing machine? This is something I (almost) never do, and I think it’s time!

    • I have never used a smart Klean ball before so I can’t comment on that.
      I use this for all my laundry. I have used Oxy Clean spray as a stain remover and I sometimes add hydrogen peroxide-based bleach to my whites to brighten them, but not on a regular basis. I use this recipe the same as I would any other detergent. Clean my washing machine? Never….. The front loader I used to have I would wipe clean with vinegar spray but never cleaned it. That’s just me… not organized enough to wash a washing machine LOL!
      I hope you enjoy the detergent. I have been using it regularly for months now and am still in love with it. Just made a new batch yesterday.

      • Hi I have a front loading machine and at first could not stand the smell of the left over water in the base of the machine.
        I used AFFRESH that was recommended from the manufacturer. (NOT sure what’s all in it ) and it didn’t get rid of the mildewy smell… So I tried cleaning my machine with 1 cup of white vinegar and a half cup baking soda. GREAT SUCCESS !!! Smell is gone and now that’s all I ever use to clean the machine.

  18. Hi there, how many ounces should the glycerin bar be? I’ve found that they vary between 4oz and 5.5oz. Thanks!

  19. Have you ever made soap using lye and lard? That is one of the oldest methods. I know people who make soap wit boraxo. On the farm we used boraxo to wash our hands. I use boraxo in laundry. I prefer arm and hammer brand detergent.

    • I make bar soap from lye. I haven’t used it in the laundry soap recipe because it is a bit too soft to grate from my experience. The glycerine bar soap is harder.

    • *Arm and Hammer Test’s on Animals! Bob’s Red Mill Baking Soda is available and easily converted to Washing Soda in your oven. Also Borax 20 Mule Team does Animal Testing, I have read that Mountain Rose Herbs supply of Borax doesn’t practice animal testing. Being green is full circle, we must strive to protect our earth, our self, our family, and the animals that reside on this planet. Peace!

  20. I use vinegar as a fabric softener. If I use this detergent, would the two react badly due to the baking soda?

    • Since, when you combine baking soda with vinegar a chemical reaction occurs and you actually create a different product, I would think that it might not be a good idea. Might not be effective as a fabric softener either. However, the water may dilute it enough for this not to be an issue. Have you tried using vinegar-soaked cloths in your dryer instead of in the wash?

      • I haven’t tried that. That sounds like an interesting idea. Otherwise, since the vinegar is added during the rinse cycle, maybe everything will be diluted/drained enough. I’ll take some old towels and test what happens.

      • Love this blog, since this is exactly what I’ve been doing. Want to comment on the soda and vinegar combo worry. I believe it is a good thing to get the diapers extra clean. Whereas I used to clean pennies by mixing the 2 when I was a kid…I had a heck of a time getting antibacterial dawn (Someone gave it to me cuz I’m broke) out of my diapers during a stripping process and adding these 2 together to the stash finally loosened the suds! It didn’t hurt the diapers. I believe it may be a replacement for using dish detergent to get “other” laundry detergent residue out. Making my own detergent makes me want to become a chemist! I’m going to try lard n lye next…lard is supposed to be awesome for the skin. Although, not vegan. But I’m all about free range.

      • The 2 will be fine together. I have been using home made laundry soap and fabric softener for over a year. They do not react because, the soap has baking soda is dilute enough by the time it is time for the fabric softener to be added. Also, an alternative to dryer sheets is filling a lidded container with your fabric softener and adding some small rags. Ring one out and add to the dryer. They are reusable and remove static cling from the clothes.

        • This was suppose to be in response to the question about using the detergent with a vinegar based fabric softener. This is my first time posting so, please excuse the mistakes.

  21. I’ve been searching for a borax free laundry detergent for some time now, and yours looks quite suitable. I was wondering if you use any kind of fabric softener? I hang dry my clothes so a fabric softener is really useful. Also, I am curious if you know of some kind of alternative to citric acid, as I don’t think I can find it around here. Thanks

    • Hi Megan,
      You can try it without any citric acid and see how it works. It acts as a water softener and a brightener so if your water is already soft you might not need it. You can find citric acid at home brew stores. I don’t use a fabric softener. We live on the coast where it is quite humid and we don’t have a static issue. You can use vinegar in the rinse cycle for a fabric softener. I would add it to the rinse cycle though rather than all at the beginning because the baking soda combined with the vinegar will create a chemical reaction.

  22. Can you use zote or fels naptha instead of glycerine soap? I cannot find the glycerine bar soap…..

    • Yes you can! Zote and Fels naptha contain some ingredients that I have chosen not to use but other than that, you certainly can use whatever bar soap works for you. THe harder the better though. Soft soaps kind of clump together when you grate them.

  23. I can’t wait to try this!! I have been able to get all of the ingredients except the glycerin soap…Would this soap from Bramble Berry work? It doesn’t say it is glycerin, however when I type Glycerin in the search bar on this page, it pulls up this bar soap, and then a liquid glycerin soap. Thanks!


    • That soap looks very much like glycerin to me. I think it would work fine. I think any really hard soap will work. I used a bar of castile soap the first time but it was too soft and kind of melted all together right after grating it. Good luck!

  24. I have tried homemade laundry soap, and as far as stan are concernd, they do quite eel. I would love to try the borax-free recipe you posted. Here is my question. my husband is a constrution worker, and I have an active teenage son. Both leave their clothes smelling…interesting. Home made laundry soaps don’t really seem to deal with the smell. Any ideas?

    And yes, I do the rinse cycle with vinegar.

    • Hi Madeleine,
      My husband is a part time mechanic, part time commercial fisherman and I find that this recipe cleans his clothes just as well as Tide did. Old fishy smell MIGHT compete with teenage sweat LOL! I don’t have a teenage son though but I can imagine… :D I’d give it a try and just buy a small amount of citric acid. Otherwise, the other ingredients are cheap and can be used for most anything in the kitchen or laundry. If it works you’re set! Good luck and let me know how it works for you.

  25. i’m sorry about the typos. My keyboard need to *desparately* be replace. lol. The keys randomly decide if they want to work or not. :P

  26. Does anyone have experience using this recipe in High Efficiency (HE) washers? Is there anything I need to be aware of or modify? Also, do you have any recipes for fabric softener alternatives? Thanks.

  27. I just ordered some rather pricey detergent (seriously, about 3 min ago) and then I found your blog and recipe. Grrrr. We go through detergent pretty fast here so I will try yours soon. I have made the washing soda, borax, soap detergent with many different soaps with less than fair results. I have even ordered a detergent from an Etsy seller who said hers was better. My teenage son’s clothes still didn’t smell clean and my littlest one’s cloth diapers were horrible!

    Since my youngest has horrible eczema I am always on the lookout for a natural yet effective detergent, preferably one that can do all our laundry…from wrestling singlets to baby food and cloth diapers. I am very excited to try your recipe as it is different and sounds much more effective than my other homemade recipes or even Allen’s.

    • I hope this one works for you then! While I don’t have teenagers, I do have a commerical fisherman husband who brings home garbage bags of fishy clothing to wash. They clean up well and no smell at all!

  28. I haven’t seen anyone mention this but we switched to wool dryer balls. My mom has MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivities) and it’s made us more conscious of what we buy and use in our house. We have an almost one year old 10/21 and we’re glad to start going chem free. I will be trying your recipes and maybe make some for my mom; she’s typically to sick to clean & I live 14hrs away. Thank you for your inspiring website and NO-borax recipes!!

  29. Hi,
    I have used the one with borax and like it fine. It cleaned my clothes with no bad odors left but a clean smell. I used bonners castile lavendar. But the more I read about borax I am ready for a change. I am thinking about trying yours out. :)) I also saw one where you just replaced the borax with b. soda. I also use a vinegar rinse. I am interested in trying out the glycerine also as I have only tried the castile. Thanks for sharing..

  30. Lately I have been using instead only a half/half mix of salt & baking soda (2 TB of that mix) in the clothes washer AND 2-4TB of the mix in the dishwasher. Only those two products and it has better results than I ever saw with detergent & I no longer feel like there are harmful residues on the dishes & clothes. I haven’t noticed any static or a need for softener either and we live in a high static area. I used to notice so much static when I used detergent.
    Is there a reason I don’t see this suggestion anywhere? Not even on the Arm & Hammer website do they say you can actually just use baking soda & salt to clean clothes, I think it is so they too can sell detergent. Everyone thinks they have to have detergent! Our society needs to wake up & realize all these products pushed down our throats are bad for us & it is just more corporate greed.
    I was thrilled to find that you really need only 2 products, and non-toxic edible products at that! PASS IT ON!! Happy cleaning!

  31. I love this recipe, works like a charm, and great since I’ve gone chemical free. Though I did replace the glycerin soap with a pure olive oil soap. Washed my white clothes and no difference was noted, as a matter of fact this recipe is better because I don’t have to use as much detergent as I do with the store bought detergent! Your link for the desiccant is not working, do you use silica gel to make it?

  32. So happy to have found your blog and so filled with gratitude that people like you do so much legwork and then generously share their knowledge with the world. We are meant to break bread with our experiences so that we can all grow! Rounded up all the ingredients today and can’t wait to try. Fr those with an he washer, do you put the powder form directly onto the laundry or put it in the liquid compartment? I once tried a powder tide product to clean my front loader due to the stink. It didn’t dissolve at all and am concerned my machine may not take the powder.
    Just FYI too, maybe you are familiar with ECOS, a laundry detergent I get at Costco. No formaldehyde, petrochemicals and neutral PH, and 1,4 dioxane free. It contains coconut kernel oil based surfactant, horsetail,plant, coconut oil based fabric softener, essential,oils of magnolia and lily and purified water. Like it as a cleaner and to my knowledge, the ingredients seem ok.

    • Hi Mary, and thanks for taking the time to respond! When I was using a front loader I did put it in the compartment but sometimes it wouldn’t all wash down, as with commercial varieties. I am sure you could try adding it to the laundry itself!

      The Ecos laundry detergent looks pretty good. the Coconut kernel oil based sufactant is most likely SLS (Sodium Laureth Sulphate) but certainly it is a much better alternative to Tide etc!

    • Anonymous says:

      you put the powder in where the detergent would normally go.I have no problems with it.

    • Anonymous says:

      I have an HE washer, if you use powder just remove the liquid cup and put the powder where the liquid cup would normally sit.

    • Anonymous says:

      Check the ECOS labels. They have just been updated and it contains phenoxyethanol & Methyliazolinone. I have had a reaction to the detergent and am covered with hives/rash just where my clothes touch my skin.

    • Is this the one you use? Is this the best natural detergent that could be found at Cosco? http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners/2937-EarthFriendlyProductsECOSLaundryDetergentLemongrass it rates a C as in moderate risk.

  33. Dear Anonymous, I want to try your clothes & dish washing mix of only salt & baking soda…However, your 2nd post confused me..In your 1st post dated 11-01-12 you said mix equal parts…Then after reading your post dated 11-03-12 titled correction I became confused. I read it several times and I am still not getting it…LOL…Can you please repost your recipe, along with the correct amts to use for both clothes washing and dish washing…Thanks Bunches! : )

    • annonymous says:

      I made that correction because I am still kind of playing with the recipe and the half salt & half baking soda proved to be way too much salt (my husband complained of his clothes being “salty”, if that is possible). So I am still trying different combinations & still checking to make sure it is not harming the clothes or dishes too (which I haven’t seen any evidence of yet but I am always a little concerned about that). So that said, the last couple weeks I have settled with a mix that seems to work pretty well:
      2 parts baking soda & 1 part salt – (the iodized salt seemed to work best but I have not done any research about whether the iodine is harmful or anything, it may well be & needs research)
      So after mixing it well: 1 to 2 tablespoons in the dishwasher (same for the clothes washer) Run the dishwasher on hottest it gets
      the clothes washer on cold & extra rinse (I have not run the clothes on warm or hot with this mix, as I never wash my clothes on anything but cold)
      I have been pretty happy with this mix & it has definitely cut costs & I feel like there aren’t chemicals all over the clothes & dishes. Very happy.

  34. This looks like a good idea. I have always used store bought detergents.
    I was wondering… usually soap left in the open air dries and hardens. If you leave a thin layer of grated soap on a sheet of paper to dry for a day or two, and then mix all the ingredients, it should not clump together (well, in theory as I have not tried it yet)

  35. Curious? If the glycerine is a cleanser and the washing soda is a cleanser why both? the same for the citric acid.. if its a water softener and so is the washing soda then why both? I can see the citric acid is a brightener as well but you dont need that.. I would assume.. I have read other recipes that use coconut oil to make a liquid detergent. do you know about using that? I dont know exactly what it would do other than making it a liquid and prob quite expensive? Ive also read just using ingredients that are similar to yours and adding water to make a liquid.. any ideas about that? I know that I have hard water so the coarse salt should help with that right? Thanks for your work and posting this for free.. No matter what this would be a safe healthy alternative to the detergents available these days.. even the natural ones.. Michelle

    • the glycerin is an actual soap. It has better cleaning properties than washing soda. Washing soda helps remove stains and keep clothing bright. Citric acid helps clothing retain its color and helps prevent soap buildup in the clothing. I find the combination to work wonderfully. I dont know of the liquid detergent you are speaking of, but if you do find out anything about it I would love to know more about it too! Coconut oil is expensive so it would likely be more expensive. I don’t know if you can make a liquid version of my soap. The citric acid and the washing soda (acid vs. base) do react when put together, wet, so I am thinking you would be creating some sort of salt in a confined space like a soap container if you make it liquid. You could always add the citric acid later, I suppose. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  36. Hi. Love this idea and will try it soon.
    We have very hard water so my whites get quite dingy…I think this with the citric acid will help emmensly.
    We also have a septic system. Do you think this recipe will be ok for the system?
    Now that I think of it, It’s got to be better than regular laundry detergent !!!!
    Just worried about the amount of sodas.

  37. Hi
    I’m having problems with mold in my washer and lung difficulties which may be related to the mold and am wondering what effect if any this recipe would have on my current washer’s mold or another one I’m seriously and reluctantly considering getting due to the seemingly extensive mold problem and the age of my current washer.? Thanks, Judy

    • Do you have a front loading machine? have you tried cleaning it with vinegar? This soap wouldn’t cause mold issues, but I would think you would want to use something heavier duty to remove it than this soap. Good luck!

    • Hate to tell you, but it’s Borax that kills even black mold.

    • Try leaving the lid open after you wash the mold out.. borax, ammonia.. even bleach.. yeah, I know.. ugly chemicals but for the one time use to kill the mold it may be worth it. Everyone has to judge but I will tell you black mold in the lungs is very bad.
      Anyway.. after cleaning the machine leave the door/lid open between loads.

    • Anonymous says:

      I’ve heard that thieves oil works for molds, even black mold.

  38. Can you use this in front loaders? I am intrigued.

  39. Is citric acid a necessity if you already have soft water?

  40. I just read your whole blog and it was great! Thank you so much for keeping this up. This is the first post I have ever made. The reason is because I appreciate your diligent and prompt responses and hopefully I can get an answer to my problem and share some insight as wel!

    Have you heard of “xeno-estrogens?” (www.womhoo.com) Well, I have two daughters, 19 and 21. Due to the 21 year-old’s horrible PMS symptoms, I did research and found that so many of the things that we put on our bodies are full of horrible chemicals including the “safe” ones and they are upsetting our hormones among other health problems. I began by making my own body butter and changing our bath soap to a castile soap. This lead to making my own laundry detergent.

    I have tried a few recipes and have not tried yours yet, because I thought that a liquid would dissolve better in cold water and with my front loading washer. I was also trying to to use what ingredients I had easy access to, and the desiccant threw me. HOWEVER, the detergent I made has been leaving a horrible white residue on our dark clothing! We wear a lot of athletic gear and the white residue seems to appear the most prominently on workout wear and dark cotton tee-shirts. What is perplexing is that I have been washing in warm water with an extra rinse cycle and it doesn’t appear when I take it out of the dryer. It doesn’t show up until it has been sitting folded in the drawer for awhile! It shakes out and most disappears with wear. I know our hard water is a contributing factor. I also have noticed that our clothes seem to be fading more and my whites are not as white.

    The recipe I used with modifications was from this website: http://www.ehow.com/how_6346857_homemade-soap-washing-soda-borax.html. It’s basically washing soda and Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap with mint. I loved the minty smell, but this white residue problem is huge! I also added a cup of Thieve’s Oil from this website: http://diynsave.com/?p=273 as an anti-bacterial additive. (As a side note, the Thieve’s Oil is great as a floor, counter, and bathroom disinfectant. We also use it as a mouthwash, veggie wash, and for acne! I know it sounds crazy, but do the research. My daughter put it on her cyst-like pimple before she went to bed and it was dried up and scabbing in the morning!)

    Has anyone experienced any white residue problems? If not, I think I may have to follow your tried and true recipe. Thanks again!

    • Thanks for taking the time to read the blog! I haven’t heard of xeno estrogens per se, but I certainly know that the chemicals added to our food and body products can mimick natural estrogens and play havoc with our bodies. I have severe endometriosis and often wonder what roll, if any, environment has played in it. Thanks for the info.

      I have never had any white residue with this detergent. All I can recommend is giving this one a try. Let me know how it goes!

      • Thank you for your prompt response! I will definitely try your recipe next and get back to you on the results. “Xeno” is Greek for foreign or strange. You might want to check out the website I cited regarding endometriosis. They have information relating the xeno-estrogens to endmetriosis. Hope it helps! Blessings!

        • Thanks for sharing your experiences as we have an excess of Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap. That recipe looks really easy too. But did you figure out how to solve the white residue thing? Other than that problem did it it work well?

  41. Cerena walker says:

    Hi I am wondering if I could use soap from this website http://www.herbariasoap.com/soaps/
    It is a local natural soap store near me but not sure if the ingredients would be ok for this recipe. Also for fabric softener is it ok to your like downy? I believe we have hard water at my house and I love my clothes to be soft lol Thank you

  42. I have made two batches of this recipe. I love it but both times it hardened in the jar in one solid block and took me forever to “de-clump” it. I used the desiccant like you mentioned and in the second batch, I put two desiccants in it. Am I doing something wrong? Any tips you can give me. Does it lose it’s effectiveness at all when it hardens? All of my ingredients are the same as in your recipe, even the soap from Soapworks.

    • I find that it clumps within the first day. Generally I let it clump but not longer than a half day or something, then loosen it with a knife gently, and the desiccant keeps it from clumping after that. it turns rock hard if you leave it too long. Give that a try!

      • mpbusyb says:

        This is pretty much what I do the day I make the detergent. I leave the container open, and throughout the day, I stir it up to break up the lumps and clumps. In a few of hours, the mixture is completely powdery. I can put it on the shelf without the dessicants.

        My question is (and forgive me if someone else has asked it already – you have so many comments!), how many ounces of glycerin soap are you grating? I was using Kirk’s Original Castile Soap for the first few batches but then thought I should switch to a glycerin soap. The bars are smaller than Kirk’s, so I just wondered if they would be big enough.

        I’ve made the borax detergent for years and years and years. I was so glad to stumble upon your recipe. It works better. But what sold me was your taking the time to research, test and explain your recipe and ingredients. Thank you.

  43. I just want to say, for two cents, that I just found out something. Now, I already do this but: Pin Stripes and Polka Dots website says that sodas in dry form can irritate a baby’s bum for diaper laundry so they need to be dissolved in advance.

  44. Would a brand called Harmony soap work too? It has sodium palmate, coconut oil, glycerin, water, fruit extract, tetrasodium EDTA titanium dioxide.

    • I would look for a more basic soap that doesn’t have the tetrasodium EDTA or the titanium dioxide in it. The tetrasodium is a preservative that is a known carcinogen (which is why I would avoid it) and I don’t know what the titanium dioxide would be used for in this case, although it is often used as a sunscreen. Look for a pure castile or glycerine soap that contains nothing more than a natural essential oil fragrance. Feel free to run another ingredient list past me if you like. Good luck!

  45. I’d like to ask if I could replace Ivory soap with the glycerin soap? Having a hard time finding it. I’m so looking forward to trying out this recipe!

  46. I’d like to know if I could replace the glycerin soap with Ivory soap? I’m so excited to try this recipe… help save the planet and my budget. Love your website!

    • I have never used Ivory. I prefer not to use Ivory because it isn’t all natural, but the plain ivory would probably work. Give it a try! Plain castile soap would work too if it is hard enough. The glycerin soap is very hard which makes it mix nicely into the other ingredients.

  47. newtogreenliving says:

    I have a HE washing machine and was wondering if I could substitute the glycerin bar soap with Dr. bronners liquid soap? I have read recipes where you have to melt everything together on the stove? Any thoughts?

    Maybe I could just add the bronners to the prewash and follow your powder recipe?


    • I haven’t tried making a liquid soap. The citric acid will react with the water once you combine it with anything waterbased. You can get dr bronners bar soap which is very similar and I think it would work too. Let me know your experiences please! THanks and good luck!

  48. Anne-Marie Emanuelli says:

    I have really enjoyed reading all the posts and experimentation going on. I’m going to try this laundry soap recipe as well as the dishwasher soap and hair soap. Before I do, I’d like some of you to comment on these:
    1. whether there is any concern with using this soap with someone itching from eczema. Actually, I’m starting to believe that my 8-year-old daughter is itching because of commercial laundry soaps I’ve used. Anyway, I just want to know whether any of the ingredients in your natural soap would be of concern to someone with eczema.
    2. How do you grate the glycerin soap. I remember trying it once and it seemed rather laborious. I’m intrigued by the suggestion of melting the glycerin soap before adding ingredients, except the citric acid perhaps… and then making little balls out of the soap. That’s sounds like a good idea.

    Thank you for sharing your recipes with us.

    • Anne-Marie Emanuelli says:

      Also wanted to add. I’m considering not worrying about a desiccant (désechant in French, which just means “drying agent”) since I live in the dry US Southwest. In any case, I can always make the little detergent balls, right? Don’t know where I’d find white clay in my rural area.

    • This recipe does not have sodium laureth sulphate which is a big contributor to skin conditions. Watch any products that say they have ‘plant-based surfactants” which is more or less a code name for SLS. I would give it a try! We don’t have eczema in our family so I can’t say for certain. Would love to hear your experience with it! Thanks!

      Also, the glycerin soap is a bit laborious to grate but it lasts a while. You are welcome to try the soap balls or melting it. I haven’t tried it.

  49. I’m making a batch now. I found that the soap I’m using is a little soft so I’m using a hand-held whip which I am using to separate out the flakes into the powder. It’s working fine. I’m also making my own washing soda according to the directions at the web site mentioned by Katie McBride at http://www.pennilessparenting.com/2011/01/homemade-washing-soda.html since I looked all around town today and couldn’t find any in stores. At 400°F, it took about 15 mn of baking.

  50. this seems really great but do you know of a good glycerin substitute (I happen to be allergic)?

  51. Thank you for sharing this excellent detergent recipe! FYI, I substituted Kool Aid (lemon, uncolored, Target brand) for the Citric Acid. It has been 72 hours and there is NO CLUMPING of the detergent at all! Also, I popped the bar soap into my food processor, pulsed away, added the other ingredients, and pulsed a few more times. This simplified the process tremendously! It took me less than 5 minutes to organize the ingredients, set up the food processor, mix them up, and jar the final product.

    I have done 4 loads – whites, colors, towels, and more towels. ALL of my loads came out perfectly. It feels good to know exactly what goes into cleaning my laundry and to save money at the same time. Thanks again!

  52. Finally got a chance to post on this site! Cloth Diaper Laundry Detergent!
    So, I got into a debate on a cloth diapering website about Tide and the use of homemade detergents for cloth diapers.
    It expounded upon factors of extremely hard water and how some people have had success by simply using Tide in hard water. Baby and I have allergies. I’m also concerned about how detergent residue mixed with EBF (exchange of body fluid) on the skin. I’ve noticed, since, that some major Cloth Diaper brands are promoting Tide and stating not to use homemade detergents that contain true soap. They claim that the bar soap congeals and sticks to the laundry and doesn’t actually clean. This simply can’t be 100% true. I’m sure this is true for some bar soaps. Like, the last locally made bar soap I tried that clumped in the dissolved batch. My diapers developed a reek funk. The best one I’ve tried remains dissolved and like soup. It would be awesome if I could find a bar (Zote is close) that’s completely cloth diaper friendly. Of course, I haven’t tried just plain glycerine. I have A dR. bRONNERS castille bar I haven’t used yet, as well.
    I’ve been using home-made detergent for a few years now, and haven’t tried yours yet. I would like to get a hold of some citric acid – that and salt and dissolving are the only differences. Also, I would dissolve this recipe in tap water in advance. There would be two reasons why..1. I can see how the bar of soap reacts with the water in advance 2. The liquid detergent would go to work on the laundry as soon as it is applied.
    I have added 6.5 cups of Washing Soda to a 3 gallon batch I just made because I discovered it displaces the minerals in my hard water beautifully. That should factor to 1 tbsp per load.
    What I would like to do (I’ve started it)….is to get a hold of major detergent brands ingredients list and create a comparison spreadsheet of them. I would use this to identify ingredients that work and don’t work. I’ve seen many of the ingredients on soapgoods.com.
    From this debate I had some other mothers mentioned that it was the enzymes in Tide that get the laundry so clean. If anyone is interested I can link this forum thread (viewed 4500 times with over 100 posts).
    Whereas you can make enzymes for practically free (3 months of fermentation), I would like to identify which enzymes and buy them and add them to my batch.
    I’ve even emailed chemists about mixing Borax and Washing Soda.
    I’m a single mom and I’m wondering if anyone would like to help me in this recipe promotion quest.

    • You might be onto something with the enzymes! Good luck with it, and let me know how it goes!

      • Well, I want to research Simple Green next. I tried it on 2 dipes today, and stain and smell came right out and I like the way SG smells. As long as it’s safe and baby doesn’t rash….I’ll be mixing that with Washing Soda. It’s cheap! Yes, I know that Bac Out was what it took to get some smell out of some used dipes I got. Bam, smell gone. I had even tried Dawn before that. I don’t have time to make my own enzymes…I guess it takes months. If I was going to do that I would make about 20 gallons and try to sell most of it.

  53. Er, mixing Washing Soda and Biokleen Bac Out (is what I meant) because they created a reaction in my wash pail

  54. Dena Maxwell says:

    I have a question about the glycerin bar, can it be scented? I came across a pure bar and scented at the health food store and really liked the smell of the lavender! Thanks so much for all your time and knowledge :)

  55. My budget is getting tighter, so I figured I should start making home-made stuff to save money. When I read that borax was in all the DIY detergents, I remember reading before that Borax is also used as natural/DIY pest control! Why would I want pest control in the laundry?? So glad to have this alternative! :)

  56. Hi!

    I really like this recipe, but I’m not getting a “clean” I’d like to see. I have a front-loading HE washer and hard water. Any tips? Should I up the washing soda proportion, maybe?


    • You may have to play with it to get it to work better in hard water. I don’t have hard water so I don’t have much experience. The citric acid is for hard water… maybe increase it a bit?

      • Anonymous says:

        Okay, thanks! I knew I’d need to play around a bit, but I just wanted to check on which ingredient I should be fussing with. Thank you!

  57. So I was wondering is there a specific kind of Citric Acid you use? Or do you use the same kind of Citric Acid for canning? Is there even a difference? I know nothing about Citric Acid. But can’t wait to make this detergent. I also Like the idea about the rice in the sock for a desiccant.. I had no idea where to find those Cilica packages or white clay. Thanks!

  58. Could I use coconut flakes/gratings instead of glycerine?

  59. Thanks for the recipe! I read through most of the comments and didn’t see any mention of whether this was actually “detergent” or just “soap.” We’re trying to go detergent free and people seem to use the word more than necessary. Thoughts on this? Thanks for a great read!

    • Detergents are made synthetically, soaps are all natural. I think you are right, this should probably be called a Laundry Soap rather than detergent, except it does use washing soda salt and citric acid which are derived from natural ingredients but have been processed to get them.

  60. Shannon says:

    Can this be used in an HE front loader? I love the borax-free…but I’m wondering if it will work in the HE. My other recipe doesn’t. :(

  61. I just found this site and am thrilled. I have excema on my back – non oozing. I did find a soap at one store that I have been using lately but expensive. also the whites are not staying white. Would it be possible to use a bit of javex with your recipe. It sounds so simple I can find the glycerine soap. I live in Canada and bar laundry soap is almost impossible to find in my area;. Maybe a health food store.

    thanks so much

  62. If I go to my local store Meijer which I guess you can compare to a Walmart or such elsewhere I can get a 4 lb box of baking soda for $2.50 and a one pound box for under .75 cents. And I can get kosher salt in a 3 lb box for cheap there as well. So for any of you looking to do it for less def look local.

  63. Could you sub goat milk soap in place of glycerin soap?

  64. Anonymous says:

    Can’t wait to try this recipe :)
    Question: How big of an air tight container should I get? I understand it is 20 lbs. of materials but just wondering an estimate in ounces or size for the container(s). Thanks.

  65. Reubin Rybnik says:

    I have made this twice and it did not work for me. The first time I made it, I used Grisi brand Neutral bar soap with about 20 drops of Lemongrass essential oil for fragrance. The fragrance does not stay in the clothing at all and the clothes smell musty after being washed in the detergent. The second time I made this, I used Dr. Bronner’s Citrus scented soap with 30 drops sweet orange essential oil. Still, the fragrance doesn’t stay and the clothes smell musty after being washed. I tried putting the essential oil on small towels and then putting them in the dryer with the wet clothes as I have read elsewhere, but that didn’t work either. The clothes washed in this soap seem to be getting clean, but they don’t smell clean at all and I was having to Febreeze my work clothes the night before I wore them because I didn’t want to be the smelly guy at work. I’m not trying to be discouraging, but I would at least suggest not wasting essential oils on this detergent since they do absolutely nothing for it anyway. Like I said, my clothes are clean, they just don’t smell like it. I went back to Method and Seventh Generation laundry detergent and softener, for now. Thank you for the recipe. It was a fun project. :) I just wished it had worked out for me!

    • Which seventh generation and method soaps do you use? Do they have good eWG ratings? So those were better then this recipe in your experience?
      Thanks to you and the blogger for sharing your experiences with this!

  66. I don’t have any pure glycerin soap, so I’m using some scented soap but there is so sulfates or sodium in it, I hope it works.

  67. Hi there
    I was just wondering if it would be possible to use Epsom salt vs course salt in this recipe?

  68. Hi there! Totally new to making my own soap so i had a few questions. How can I find sls free glycerin. Also is there way to give this soap a nice scent? thank you!

    • You can add essential oils to your soap. I am not sure if it will still have any fragrance after it goes through the wash and drier though.

      Glycerin, if it is pure, will not have any sls in it. Glycerin is a by product of the soap making process and sls is a man-made ingredient that would only be added to it, but pure glycerin won’t have SLS in it.

  69. I currently use a homemade borax based detergent. I am going to give this recipe a shot. I have noticed, lately, though, our clothes don't smell as fresh. Not sure why, since I have changed nothing in the recipe or the way I do the laundry. I do add vinegar in the rinse water, but the smell is still there.
    I will be using homemade soap scraps, though, instead of the glycerin soap. I have a friend who makes the most amazing goat milk soap and she was happy to give me a big baggie of the bits and pieces from the molds. :-)

  70. Draga L. Serini says:

    What do you think of Nellie's All Natural Laundry Soda?? Natural/safe enough?

  71. Danuta Kildan says:

    I am looking for HE detergent is that all right for it?

  72. Lori Howell Holson says:

    if you use vinegar in your rinse all soap will be removed and you won't run into the water repellant problems.

  73. Can you use epsom salt instead of the sea salt. The only sea salt I have is for cooking. I don’t want to use the good stuff for the detergent! Thank you.

  74. I don’t want to sound dumb, but what kind of coarse salt do you use? Someone said Kosher, but I’d like to know what you use and where you buy it (the grocery store?). Do you know what the difference between glycerine soap and vegetable glycerine soap is?

    • I buy Sifto coarse salt from the grocery store. There is a Sifto Kosher salt too that would work but I haven’t used it. Vegetable glycerine is from vegetables, and regular glycerine soap could be a bi product from a petroleum product. Go for the vegetable glycerine. :)

  75. thank you very much.my wife uses the best but my skin still itches. i;m trying to find a salushion. thanks

  76. Melinda Gonzales says:

    Since washing soda is a cleanser, will it work without the glycerine soap? I'm hoping to use it without the soap for cloth diapers. I'd like to use just one batch for the entire family

  77. Melinda Gonzales says:

    Will Kosher salt work?

  78. I made this today and even with the silica in it in a sock,and in a Fido jar that clamps shut, it’s very clumpy and not powdery at all….what did I do wrong? I followed the recipe exactly.

    • It does clump. What I do, is I make it up, put it in a jar that clamps shut with a desiccant, and leave it for 12 hours. It hardens, and then I use a butter knife and carefully break it up. Then it seems to be fine after that. If you leave it longer than 12 hours it gets more solid and harder to break up.

  79. I used scented glycerine soap. Why do you suggest unscented?

    • If it is naturally scented (with essential oils), no trouble! Soaps that say they have fragrance, generally mean they are using synthetic fragrances that may be more harmful than good.

  80. Kris Register says:

    For cloth diapers (& everything else) equal parts baking soda, washing soda, & additive free oxygen cleaner (NOT oxyclean")
    Use 1-2 T. Per load ;)

    *not my recipe, got it from blogger Elisa Loves*

  81. Kris Register says:

    Oops… Melinda, my comment was for you :)

  82. Could you use ZOTE instead of castile soap?

  83. After grating my glycerin bar of soap it was very moist/sticky. I let it sit out for 2-3 days hoping it would dry out. It won’t mix with the powder in its current state. Any recommendation? any other bar soap you would recommend?

    • Is it a Soap Works bar? Pretty much any hard soap bar will work well, but if it is important to you, look for one that is all natural. The hardness does make a difference… Soap Works bars are nice and hard. Alternatively, you can buy soap flakes from http://www.well.ca. Good luck!

  84. Re: Baking Soda and Salt mixture:
    Is it good for hard water?
    Can salt damage machine or clothes?

    • The amount of salt used in the recipe is completely harmless on the machine or clothes. I don’t have hard water, so I can’t tell you if it works well or not in hard water. Hopefully someone will see this question and can tell you from experience!

  85. Brenda Johansson says:

    Hi, Your recipe sounds great, other than the citric acid. I am extremely sensitive to anything citrus. Do you have any suggestions for a substitution? Thank you!

  86. Surfinsano says:

    So for all of you concerned about your current borax detergent mix, another point of view. Let’s not all jump on the band wagon. Get the facts before you freak out about keeping it in your homemade detergent. Educate yourself before you decide. http://www.crunchybetty.com/getting-to-the-bottom-of-borax-is-it-safe-or-not

    • Thanks for the link. I have read this article while I was researching it. I have not come across any convincing information, though, that would say it is completely harmless so I choose to not use it in my recipe. I never once said it would cause problems, just that we don’t know enough about it, in my opinion, to use it. You say to get the facts… I actually know “crunchy Betty” and while she links to some articles that point one way or another, she would be the first to say she is not a scientist and she actually states in the article that she is unsure of it herself. There are no FACTS that it is safe, but there are studies that indicate it may or may not be. It is totally up to you as to whether or not you want to use it, and this recipe doesn’t :) I know the difference between Boron and Boric Acid. I am still not convinced and the recipe works fine without it. I don’t think it is fair to accuse people of being uneducated when the information out there is very conflicting. Feel free to use it if you like!

  87. I would suggest you check out Walter Last “The Borax Conspiracy” to learn the truth about Borax. I know I was surprised. It seems that salt is more toxic than Borax, i.e., it takes 50% less salt a ˜to kill a rat (or human) than it takes Borax. Salt then is twice as dangerous as Borax. There is interesting information on the health benefits of extremely small amounts of this mineral (which is similar to calcium in texture and feel) for bones and teeth (it actually has that dentist tooth enamel drilled taste). In old style wringer tub washing machines we actually might have absorb enough for our health but todays loading washing machines are probably too efficient in removing everything. Sadly our soils are now so depleted of natural occurring boron-comes from the stars (which is in the mineral Borax) which may be another reason children’s and adult teeth seem so soft today.
    Mums, google The Borax Conspiracy.
    Borax helps clean laundry by ionising the water which makes the grime molecules separate and become easier to remove. The substitutes are so chemically dangers that are used in its stead or added to commercial soaps. I applaud those who find the time in our busy world to make their own detergents and soaps but we all need to know the real facts about some of these bugaboos.
    Namaste and care,

  88. Isn’t the baking soda neutralizing the effect of the citric acid? Just asking because on my wrapper it says use baking soda for sour fruits to neutralize the acid. Thank you

  89. Is this recipe safe for using laundry gray water to irrigate?

  90. Rochel Lipsker says:

    Hi can I add an essential oil to this? Or would it stain because it's oil..?

  91. If your recipe can compete with tide I can wait to try it out. I heard somewhere that cleaning products don’t have to reveal all of their ingredients. I’m glad you confirmed the truth in that for me.

  92. Rebecca Yates-Green says:

    I'm wondering if I can use castile soap so I don't have to grate….would really like a liquid version……glad about the no borax though. I read they put it in some teeth whiteness.

  93. I found a recipe for liquid detergent. It is with castile soap and washing soda but it does contain borax. The concentration is 1 C per a little more than a gallon of water. Haven't tested it yet.

  94. Thanks so much for this great recipe. We love this laundry detergent. In fact, we put a video on our blog of how easy it actually is to make it. Thanks for helping our family!


  95. Hot water only?

  96. I read the post and need to know that does it really woks becuase i didnt tried but earlier I tried washing soda along with the detergents . i just want to know that does the stains goes away or not. I found this post somewaht very useful.

  97. Are the ingredients cruelty free? I am getting away from all chemicals that are dangerous and free from animal testing.

  98. Hi. I live in the UK and am really confused as to what 1 cup/ Half a cup etc measure in grams and I am trying to make this recipe. Can someone please advise me as when I look on the internet they seem to show different amounts. Thanks


  100. I am curious if anyone knows if using glycerin soap with clean better, have less film buildup, than using coconut oil soap? I have been making 1% coconut oil soap but I think it leaves a little buildup on my agitor. I have a top loading Cabrio HE agi. It fills with much more water than any other HE machine I have seen. I have to use almost a cup of powdered laundry soap for super load. Thanks!!

  101. I read that you can makie liquid castile soap by putting one part solid castile soap into 4 parts water and letting it dissolve for a few days.

  102. Thank you so much for this great recipe! I was searching for a natural recipe for laundry detergent (without borax, I read it’s harmful) and this one is just for me! Thank you again!

  103. Thank you, I will be demonstrating your reciepie for class this week.
    Cant wait to try it!

  104. Fantastic recipe. I have read your article and decided to try it. It was absolute success. Commercial laundry detergent are really toxic. I am trying to raise my child in a safe environment. I hope people realize how important is this. Best regards!

  105. Can this be used in high efficiency washing machines?

  106. This is great! Could you use the Kirk's castile soap? It also has glycerin in it.

  107. I mean the bar form. Grate it like you mentioned the glycerin bar?

  108. Nan McLean says:

    I have just spent a very informative afternoon reading your blog and I like so many Thank You for all your research and “helpful hints” etc. I intend to make my own laundry soap from now on.

    However, I am wondering whether you yourself, or you might be able to refer me to a site that has a chemically free homemade recipe for hair shampoo???

    Thank you again for all your long term research. Nan McLean

  109. Nan McLean says:

    Thank you for all your wonderful Research. I have just spent a very informative afternoon reading your blog.
    Could you please tell me either if you have a recipe or you know where I might find one for all natural ingredients to create a Hair Shampoo that will not leave a residue in the hair? Thank you. Nan McLean

  110. Nan McLean says:

    Hi, I’m still looking for a chemical free hair shampoo. Is there anyone out there that has any information to pass on? Thank you. Merry Christmas

  111. Washing soda is baking soda that has been "cooked." You can make your own (I'll let you Google that.). So really, if you add baking soda to washing soda, you are reducing the effectiveness of the washing soda. I've read comments on this that have come from people with a chemistry background. I would suggest that you skip the baking soda and maybe add it bit more washing soda (maybe 1/4 cup?) and see how that works out. I bet it's just as good, but probably better.


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