DIY Natural Laundry Detergent Recipes to Avoid Harsh Chemicals


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Everyone knows the amazing feeling when you get into a freshly made bed at night with soft sheets that were just washed. Or when you put on that clean piece of clothing that is still a bit warm from the dryer. Not only does fresh laundry feel good, but it also smells good. However, many are not aware of how toxic commercial laundry detergents can be.


Most of the laundry detergents you see at the store contain harsh chemicals that can negatively affect your health. These ingredients can pose a wide range of risks, from allergies and skin irritation to more serious conditions. You may think you are buying safe detergent from the store that is labeled “natural” or “fragrance-free”, but manufacturers are not required to list their ingredients, so you never truly know what you are using. Not only can these detergents harm our health, but they can also harm the environment.


DIY Laundry Detergent

If you want to take your health into your own hands and avoid the harsh chemicals from store-bought detergent, then homemade laundry detergent is the way to go. With DIY laundry detergent, you can be sure every ingredient added is safe and natural. Homemade laundry detergent is not only better for your body and the environment, but it also saves you money. Let’s take a look at a few non-toxic laundry detergent recipes that will give you some peace of mind.


Non-Toxic Laundry Detergent Recipes


Powder Detergent

*Be sure to wear a mask and gloves while making the detergent to prevent inhaling any of the ingredients.


  • 4 cups washing soda
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 4 cups borax
  • 4 cups lye-based bar soap or Castile bar soap (about 2-4 bars, grated)
  • 10-20 drops essential oil



  • With a knife, cut your bar soap into large chunks.
  • Grate the chunks of soap with a fine cheese grater. You can also use a food processor for this step.
  • In a bucket or plastic tub, mix the baking soda, Borax, and washing soda.
  • Add in the grated bar soap and mix thoroughly.
  • Add in 10-20 drops of essential oil (We recommend lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, or lemon.)
  • Store your detergent in a covered, airtight container.
  • Use 1-2 tablespoons of detergent per one load of laundry.


Liquid Detergent


  • ⅔ cup washing soda
  • 3 Tbsp baking soda
  • ½ cup liquid Castile soap
  • 5 cups water
  • 10-20 drops essential oil



  • Boil 5 cups of water.
  • Pour the washing soda into a large bowl. Slowly stir in 2 cups of boiling water until the washing soda is completely dissolved.
  • Add in 1 tablespoon of baking soda at a time. Stir well to combine the ingredients. (Your mixture should thicken during this step and should become a pudding-like texture.)
  • Stir in the ½ cup of Castile soap until combined. Slowly stir in your remaining 3 cups of boiling water.
  • Add in 10-20 drops of essential oil (We recommend lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, or lemon.)
  • Cool your mixture to room temperature (The mixture should separate. Whisk or blend to make it smooth again.)
  • Use ⅓ cup per one load of laundry.


Bakers Centre Laundry

After you’ve created your DIY laundry detergent, be sure to bring your natural detergent and dirty laundry to Bakers Centre Laundry to give your clothes the ultimate cleaning experience. Our commercial-grade washing machines and dryers are available 24/7 for your convenience. We can’t wait for you to test out your new detergent at Bakers Centre Laundry!