3 Recipes for Homemade Detergents

Making your own cleaners doesn’t take a lot of time or money and provides you with safe and affordable products.

Whether you want to embrace a more-eco-friendly lifestyle or you simply need to save money, making your own detergents is a great way to provide your family with safe, natural and inexpensive products. Most of the conventional detergents are filled with chemicals, phenols, fragrances and other questionable substances. Some brands even contain petroleum distillates, which are considered to cause cancer and lung diseases.  On the other hand, the fragrances in these products are of a mix of detrimental chemicals.

Luckily, you can avoid the potential risks and mix your own detergents. These cleaning solutions are easy to make and don’t require a lot of time and efforts. We’ve put down a nice stack of recipes to get you started.

Natural Laundry Soap

For this recipe, you need only three basic ingredients –washing soda, soap and borax. Many people avoid using the latter in their homemade cleaning products, because of its abrasive properties.  Borax is made up of boron, oxygen, sodium and water and should be distinguished from the boric acid. It is considered moderate hazardous.


  • washing soda
  • unscented, natural bar soap
  • borax (optional)


  • Grate the bar soap or toss it in the food processor.
  • In a large bowl, combine 1 part of the grated soap, 2 parts washing soda and the same amount of borax.
  • Put the mixture in a closed container like a mason jar.
  • Don’t use more than ¼ cup per load.

Liquid Natural Laundry Soap

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If you prefer liquid cleaning detergents, then you will love this recipe. It is very simple and quick. Plus, all the ingredients are cheap and available in every local store.


  • washing soda
  • unscented, natural bar soap
  • water


  • Grate one bar soap and put in a pan with 2 parts water.
  • Heat gradually the mixture, while stirring in the meantime.
  • In a 5-gallon bucket pour 4.5 gallon hot tap water and add 2 cups borax and 2 cups washing soda. Stir until the ingredients are fully dissolved.
  • Add the soap mixture and stir well.
  • Let it sit overnight
  • Shake until smooth and pour the liquid into containers.
  • Use between ½ and 1 cup per load

Vinegar Laundry Soap

Want to skip the borax? You can make a strong but safe cleaning solution with vinegar. The acid will boost your laundry detergent and will preserve the colours of your clothing. Vinegar can even be used as fabric softener. Its anti-septic and anti-microbial properties make the product suitable for people with allergies.


  • distilled white vinegar
  • baking soda
  • washing soda
  • liquid castile soap


  • Mix 1 cup vinegar with the same amount of washing soda and baking soda.
  • Add ¼ cup castile soap
  • Mix well and store in sealed containers

You can be absolutely sure that these cleaning solutions are just as effective as the commercial options, but without the harsh chemicals. Making your own cleaners doesn’t take a lot of time or money and provides you with safe and affordable products.

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