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How To Make Eco-Friendly Homemade Laundry Detergent

Have you discovered Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap? It is pretty amazing stuff. I’ve been using it in homemade natural laundry detergent, amongst other things.Use Dr Bronner's Organic Castille Soap, Soda Crystals, Bicarbonate of Soda and Essential Oil to make Homemade Natural Laundry Detergent that's effective and better for the environment.

Over the past six months or so, inspired by the LiveLAGOM sustainability project I’ve been working on with IKEA and Hubbub, I’ve been trying to reduce the amount of chemicals we use. Dr Bronner’s Organic Citrus Castile Liquid Soap, which you can buy here through my affiliate link, is a key ingredient.It really is brilliant, with 101 uses, apparently!

I’ve been using it diluted in soap dispensers, and have made a cleaning spray. But my favourite use is as a key ingredient of homemade natural laundry detergent. It not only cleans well, but is also better for the environment. I’ve also noticed Ava’s eczema has really improved since we’ve been using it!

Ingredients For 1 Litre of Eco-Friendly Homemade Laundry Detergent

4 Tablespoons of Soda Crystals (Washing Soda) Buy here.
4 Tablespoons of Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Soda) Buy here.
3 Tablespoons of Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap (I used citrus but you could choose lavender or another scent) Buy here.
A few drops of Lemon Essential Oil (optional)

Use Dr Bronner's Organic Castille Soap, Soda Crystals, Bicarbonate of Soda and Essential Oil to make Homemade Natural Laundry Detergent that's effective and better for the environment.

Equipment for Eco-Friendly Homemade Laundry Detergent

Hand Blender
Bottle (mine is from Tiger but you could reuse an old laundry liquid bottle)
Large Jar

How to Make Eco-Friendly Homemade Laundry Detergent

Add the Soda Crystals and Bicarbonate of Soda to the beaker of your blender, and add enough warm water to cover it. Then blitz it until it’s nice and smooth. Soda Crystals and Bicarbonate of Soda for Homemade laundry detergentAdd the Dr Bronner’s Soap and a few drops of essential oil, if using and top the jug up with water and give it a good stir. Don’t be tempted to blitz it with you blender as it will bubble up everywhere! Then pour into your bottle and pour anything that won’t fit into a storage jar to save for later.

How to make home made natural laundry detergent
I store the extra laundry detergent in the jar with the red lid under the sink and refill the easy-pour dispenser when it’s finished.

Before using, give it a massive shake, as it does separate (my bottle is great as it’s for protein shakes and has a blending disc.) Then use it like normal laundry detergent – about 2 Tablespoons should be enough but you may want to experiment. If you have stains, throw in a scoop of Vanish or spray them before you wash as it gets out normal dirt but isn’t up to major stains.

Have you every made your own natural products? I’d love to hear about it, please leave me a comment! And why not Pin my guide to eco-friendly homemade natural laundry detergent for later?


  1. Jane

    25th October 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Such a great post! I am definitely going to try this! Thanks for sharing! Love you loads Becky!

  2. Stephanie Robinson

    4th September 2016 at 5:31 pm

    Interesting – I’ve just bought some soda crystals and am keen to explore more natural cleaning products. Our plan is to use the soda crystals in the drains once a month to avoid the repeat of a costly bill 🙂 #homeetc

    1. Becky Pink

      12th September 2016 at 5:55 pm

      Yikes that sounds bad Stephanie! I use bicarb and white vinegar in our drains but I will give soda crystals a go as they are much cheaper! Thanks for the tip! xx

  3. Caro | The Twinkle Diaries

    30th August 2016 at 10:07 am

    I have never, ever EVER heard of this stuff??!!! Absolutely amazing — I’m off to look for it now. I love this kind of post — amazing when you find out something you’d no idea existed! Thanks so much for sharing Becky!! 🙂 Caro xx #HomeEtc

    1. Becky Pink

      31st August 2016 at 12:07 pm

      Ah that’s so cool Caro, I hope you like it as much as I do! It is really great stuff and good for us and the planet 🙂 xx

  4. mummyofboygirltwins

    27th August 2016 at 10:48 am

    I’m going to try this too because I love a good hack! Plus this looks easy and I bet it’s better than regular cleaning products. Thanks for sharing! Love Jess xx


    1. Becky Pink

      27th August 2016 at 12:58 pm

      Thanks Jess, it is easy, I’m going to whip up a new load this afternoon actually! Thanks for hosting xx

  5. Molly

    24th August 2016 at 10:19 am

    I’m definitely going to be trying this – I love Dr Bronners and use it all the time, but only for washing myself, not my clothes. I do make a lot of my own cleaning products (totally rely on vinegar, bicarbonate of soda and essential oils) but have never made laundry detergent. Great post! #HomeEtc

    1. Becky Pink

      24th August 2016 at 9:01 pm

      Thanks Molly, I am a big fan of vinegar and bicarb too, and want to expand my repertoire! xx

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