Homemade Laundry Detergent

January 29, 2016
It’s a recipe, but not quite. That’s right we’re branching out!

I’ve really been looking forward to this post, because it’s my first non-recipe post on the blog. As much as I love making healthy and allergy friendly food, my love for all things clean and yummy doesn’t stop in the kitchen. But don’t worry I’m still going to be posting new recipes I’m just adding more goodies, starting with this homemade laundry detergent. I had originally planned to continue posting a new recipe each week and then in addition do an extra post or two per month. Then reality hit. With little ones running around I’m not quite sure how many post a week I can actually accomplish, especially as our family grows, so I’m keeping it to one per week. I’m also not even exactly sure how far I’ll branch out yet. I know I want to still do recipes because I love figuring out new healthy recipes for my family, but I also love making homemade household and beauty products and I love anything that adds a bit more health and cheer to my home/life. DIY projects maybe? I think being Clean to the Core encompasses so much more in life than just food so I can’t wait to share some of the other ways to keeping life clean and yummy! What I like about this detergent is not just that it’s non toxic and easy on your wallet but that it’s SO simple. With a couple ingredients and within 5 minutes you can have a non toxic laundry detergent. It’s great for people with allergies, sensitive skin or who just want to make their home a bit more eco-friendly.


  • 2 bars of soap of choice (4-5 ounces each), you can literally use any soap you want, but for a eco-friendly, vegan and coconut-free option Kiss my face’s pure olive oil bar soap is a good choice, you can find it here. (This is the soap shown in the picture.)
  • 2 cups washing soda, like this
  • 2 cups borax
  • 1-2 tablespoons added to each load for freshness (optional)


  • Chop soap bars and combine with washing soda and borax in food processor
  • Blend until soap is finely chopped and and throughly mixed 
  • Wait for the detergent to settle a bit before taking off the food processor’s lid
  • Use 2-3 tablespoons per load


*Instead of using a food processor you can grate the bars of soap with a cheese/potato grater and hand mix with the washing soda and borax.

Happy Washing!

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