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Make Your Own DIY Chemical-Free ALL NATURAL Laundry Detergent

Make your own DIY Non-Toxic Chemical Free Laundry Detergent

Hi friends!

Today I’m sharing another recipe from my awesome friend Awbree of Bunkhouse Creative. This time, we’re making laundry detergent.

This is one of those things that I was absolutely interested in – from the very first time she mentioned it. And yet – completely intimidated.

Months ago, at craft night in Awbree’s gorgeous studio, she convinced me to try it. Not only because it’s really good at washing clothes (and keeping her white towels really white!), but also because it’s a fraction of the cost of regular laundry detergent.

As a friend, I trust her advice. But as a big Awbree fan, I truly admire her frugality when it comes to everything she invests in.

So I went to the store and bought all of the ingredients.

And did nothing.


When you see the recipe, you’ll probably wonder what I was so worried about. I mean, it’s SUCH a simple recipe. I make more complicated recipes almost every night for dinner.

So what was the deal?

The truth is, I was too intimidated by the idea of making my own home products to actually try it. And even though it was simple, it just seemed like such a risk. And I was nervous. So I just let it sit in my storage room for a while.

Until, FINALLY, Awbree gave a demonstration at a mom’s group we’re both in.

And, just like that, all of my intimidation went away. And I was absolutely PUMPED to immediately get home and make all of the things she mentioned.

I’m not kidding, friends! Literally on the ride home, I pushed Max through errands at naptime (moms, you know how crazy that can be!) just to get all of the things I needed to get started making my own deodorant and salt scrubs (coming soon!).

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The Short List of Reasons Why

What, exactly, got me so pumped to make this stuff at home? Here’s the short list of advantages:

  1. It’s better for the environment. Less processing, no chemicals, no sulfates in our water supply.
  2. It’s better for my family. No chemicals, no worries. It’s better for our skin, our brains, our house. And it’s something I’m conscious of, something I care about, because my boys are wild and crazy and whatever I can do to feel like I’m doing good by them is good enough for me.
  3. It’s cleaner. Honestly, it’s HARD to get out all of the stains that kids put on their clothes, our towels, and basically anything that touches them or the spills they make.
  4. It’s WAY CHEAPER. For the cost of a month’s worth of detergent, I have enough powder to last me 6 months. Seriously.
  5. Other natural products haven’t worked. In the past, I have paid a lot of money for environmentally friendly detergents, just to find that they bleach, or wear down my clothes too quickly. I love the environment and I care about living chemical-free, but I’m not doing that at a high personal (and style) cost.

Honestly, at the end of the day, I decided it’s worth a try. I don’t have to do it forever. But, for now, it’s a great solution and something I’m happy to try.

Make it with me!

Despite my inspired moment after seeing Awbree’s demonstration, I still felt a little intimidated to make this on my own. So I did a Periscope about it. You can catch most of that video on my Youtube channel and right here.

Laundry Detergent

  • 1 – 4lb Box of Borax
  • 1 – 4lb Box of Super Washing Soda
  • 1 – 3lb Box of Baking Soda
  • 3 Bars of Fels Naptha Soap* or Kirks Castile Soap, grated

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bucket. Dispense 2-4 T per load, depending on soil level.

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*Note: Fels Naptha is an excellent stain remover, however it is not as “green” as Kirks Castile Soap.

All materials can be found at Walmart and some Grocery Stores.

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That’s it! Honestly, it smells fantastic and it’s just SO easy to make. If you make it, which I hope you do, let me know how it goes!

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