Homemade Non-Toxic Laundry Detergent Recipe

As Josh previously explained in one of his articles, being self-sufficient as a prepper is just as important as having items stocked up for an end of the world scenario.

And as I previously stated, I’m hoping to be able to test out lots of different DIY products. Most people tend to make their own goods because it’s better for the environment, better for the individual as it doesn’t contain chemicals and carcinogens, etc.

But I am making them because they’re usually cheaper to make than they are to buy and because I feel it’s important to understand how to make my own goods if I ever needed to in a TEOTWAWKI situation.

I was really excited to try out this first DIY project as I have heard a lot of great things about homemade laundry detergent—how easy it was to make, how inexpensive it is and how well it worked.

So, I’m happy to be sharing my experience with making it, the ingredients and instructions on how to make your own and I’ll also include a couple of tips on what I would do next time to make the process a little better and smoother.

I think in general, making homemade laundry detergent is a learning process and I’m sure that I’ll improve with every time I make it. But overall, I’m very pleased with the way my first batch turned out! Below, are the ingredients for the detergent, along with the tools you’ll need and the instructions.

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For all of the tools below, I would recommend that you purchase them separately from the ones you use for cooking. All of the ingredients are natural and will not harm you, but if you’re like me and most of your kitchen items are newish (because we got married only a little over a year ago and got almost all of these items as gifts), you might prefer to have cheaper, old stuff to use. We bought our items at thrift stores to keep the cost down. Plus, I always like to support the thrift stores that I know donate to good causes.

Anywho, here are the tools we used and we would recommend:

  • 6 qt. saucepan
  • Stirring utensil (long and regular-sized as you’ll see below)
  • Cheese grater
  • 1 c. measuring cup
  • 1 large mixing bowl for the powder detergent
  • 5 gallon bucket
  • Funnel (clean car oil funnels work the best)
  • Gallon milk containers or used laundry detergent containers

The ingredients are simple, inexpensive and relatively easy to find. All items are in the laundry detergent section of most stores. We did have a difficult time finding all three items at every store, so Wal-Mart will probably be the place to go to get them all in one location. The ingredients themselves only cost us a total of about $8, but, there will be a lot of Borax and washing soda left over after making one batch (5 gallons of liquid detergent and about 5-7 cups of powder detergent depending on which bar of soap you use and how much of it you decide to use).

The main ingredients (and some tools) for making your own laundry detergent

Ingredients for Liquid Detergent:

  • One bar of laundry soap (we used ZOTE, but Fels Naptha is also a popular choice)
  • 1 cup of Borax (not be confused with boric acid)
  • 1 cup of Washing Soda (made by Arm & Hammer)
  • 30 drops of your favorite essential oil (we used Lavender)–Optional

Ingredients for Powder Detergent:

  • One part laundry soap (same as above)
  • Two parts Borax
  • Two parts Washing Soda