Making laundry soap is one of my favorite things to do. It’s cheap, easy, and makes me feel more self-sufficient on my natural living journey.

Laundry detergent that you buy from the store can contain some pretty gross ingredients like dyes, fragrances and much more that you probably don’t want rubbing up against your skin or your kids’/babies’ skin!

These natural laundry soap recipes can cost just pennies per load depending on the cost of ingredients.

So let’s get down to it. I will start with my favorite recipe. It’s a powder. It is my favorite for two reasons:

  1. It is easy to store (can fit into a small mason jar or plastic container).
  2. It is the easiest to make.

Natural Laundry Soap


  • A bar of soap *Take your pick. Go as natural as you like here Fels Naptha, ivory, a plain unscented farmers market one etc. Avoid dyed soaps.
  • Washing Soda *A.K.A. sodium carbonate or soda ash (F.Y.I. baking soda is sodium bicarbonate). It gets rid of dirt and smells.
  • Borax *A.K.A sodium borate. It also gets rid of smells but whitens as well.


Powdered Laundry Soap Recipe:

  1. Grate your bar of soap with a cheese grater or food processor.
  2. Add some essential oils if you want to at this point. (15 drops)
  3. The ratio of ingredients is 2 parts Washing Soda, 2 parts Borax and 1 part grated soap.
  4. Mix all of the ingredients together and voila!! Store them in any fancy container you choose and use 1/4 cup per load.

Liquid Laundry Soap Recipe:

  1. Grate your chosen bar of soap with a cheese grater or food processor.
  2. Put the grated soap in a big pot and add 8 cups of water.
  3. Carefully heat and stir until the soap is dissolved.
  4. In a separate large 5 gallon bucket or pot, add 17 litres or 4.5 gallons of hot tap water.
  5. Add 1 cup of Borax, 1 cup of Washing Soda and the disolved soap mixture and stir it until everything is dissolved.
  6. Pour the soap into pourable containers right away as the liquid will turn into a soft jelly. You can use large juice jugs or old washed out laundry detergent containers.
  7. Shake well before each use and use about 1 cup per load.

Both these recipes are H.E washer safe. If you can’t find the ingredients in your local store, use the links I provided in the ingredients section to purchase them online for cheap. They are affiliate links and help me to keep providing you with all of this awesome information and you don’t pay extra going through those links. WIN WIN.

Do YOU make your own natural laundry soap?? What is your favorite recipe? Let us know in the comments below and/or check out some other easy recipes here!


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