Toxic free 2014: Homemade DIY Laundry soap/detergent recipes

Welcome to 2014 & trying to remove more toxic items from your home.

Laundry products are some of the most toxic items you can buy, but did you know you can easily make your own effective, safe DIY laundry products?

Toxic Free 2014 posts

Many by regular bar soap such as Ivory or other soaps in the grocery store for DIY laundry soap, I must caution you that even Ivory is very toxic, make sure to buy only natural bar soaps if it is needed for the recipe you will be making. For bar soaps you can use Zote, Fels Naphtha, castile bars, homemade bars or other natural bars soaps of choice

As I have pointed out before when you wash with commercial toxic laundry products they get on your clothes then absorb into your skin & weaken your immune system as a result of the toxins. Go here for more info on commercial products vs DIY for a better immune system.

If DIY laundry soap is not for you check out my review of  The SmartKlean Laundry ball & Mollys Suds, & for Fabric softener ideas check out my original DIY laundry post here & check out my LooHoo wool dryer balls review.

For an awesome DIY bleach alternative go here

 Did you know you can make your own washing soda? For recipes that call for Washing soda you can cheaply make your own here , for info on DIY cleaners go hereherehere & here

For Hunters: the below recipes are great no scent ideas for hunters to use to wash their clothes in (just do not use essential oils or scented soaps). But a great easy recipe to use just for hunters is 3 parts baking soda, 3 parts borax, 3 parts washing soda to 1 part epsom salt, store in an airtight container & use 1 to 2 tbsp per load, adjust amount as needed.

Laundry soaps, detergents, powders & liquids

fels naptha soap

Shaved Fels Naptha soap

Laundry soap #1 (powdered)
2 cups Borax
2 cups Baking soda
2 cups Washing soda
1 bar grated or shaved bar soap from the above list
1 cup Epsom salt (optional, but works great to help soften to help stop fading & removes some stains)
Mix well, use 1 to 2 tbsp. per load, adjust up or down to your need

Laundry soap #2 (powdered)
4 bars of  grated or shaved bar soap from the above list
1 78 oz. box of Borax
6 cups. baking soda
8 cups Washing soda
2 tbsp. of lavender essential oil
2 tbsp of lemon essential oil

Mix together breaking up any clumps, store in airtight container, use 1 to 2 tbsp. per load. (if you do not want to add the bar soap leave it out & use 2 to 5 tbsp. per load.

Laundry soap #3 (powdered)
2 bars of grated or shaved Zote soap
2 bars of grated or shaved Fels Naphtha
6 cups baking soda
6 cups washing soda
1 cup Epsom salt

DIY liquid LandryMix together & use 1 to 2 tbsp. per load.

Laundry soap #4 (liquid)
3 Tablespoons Borax
3 Tablespoons Washing Soda
1 cup natural liquid soap (or Begleys liquid soap)
20 drops eucalyptus or lavender essential oil

Dissolve the borax & washing soda in 3 cups of warm water, then mix with soap in gallon jug  fill all the way with water. , might need to shake to mix before each use.  use 1/2 cup to 1 cup per load.

Another easy liquid laundry soap
1 cup of natural liquid soap (or Dawn dish soap, original) to 7 cups of water, use 1/4 cup per load (or more or less)

Fix it how you like it:

With DIY laundry soaps & detergents, powders can be made into liquids by adding to simmering water on the stove & stirring until dissolved, & adding more water to thin as needed (example recipe one would be 2 to 3 gallons of water total once made) Also amounts are subjective & can be different for each person depending on washer brand, HE machines & Brand, & types of water, so it may take a bit of trial & error to get the right amount for you & to not add to much.

Don’t use too much soap for washing clothes: To much soap actually cleans the clothes worse than to little does & too much gives clothes a dingy look as well. So start off with a very small amount of soap rather liquid or powder & build up to what works best. A great test to know if you are adding too much soap to your laundry loads is to add about 3 to 4 towels on a large load with the normal amount of soap you use for a large load. Let the washer run through all the cycles until done, then restart the washer on a small load with no soap, during the wash cycle when water is agitating check to see if any soap bubbles are forming, if they are you are using too much soap. Towels are great for this test because they are absorbent.


For your health & the love of Coconut oil.

I get asked a lot, What Brands of coconut oil do I use, & where to buy them?

That is simple I use & recommend these 2 great brands:

  1. Skinny & Co. Coconut oil: Medicinal grade Extra Virgin coconut oil 100% pure. (click link for ordering info)
  2. Tropical Traditions Virgin Gold Label Coconut oil. (click link for ordering info)

Both links are affiliate referral links for me to get credit for purchases, I earn a small percentage from Skinny Coconut oil  for referring you if you purchase &  I receive a discount coupons from Tropical Traditions for referring you if you are a first time purchaser.Thank you for your support.

Posts on my blog using amazing coconut oil:

Home pageLink PartiesMy BlogBlog #2

DIY Cleaning Blog Series, cleaning the whole house room by room with homemade cleaners

Husband Approved” list – “Teen Approved” List – “Family Wishlist” 

“If you order by clicking on any of my links & order from Tropical Traditions & have never ordered from them in the past, you might receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, & I will receive a discount coupon for referring you”


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