Easy DIY Laundry Detergent

Sweet Potatoes and Social Change DIY Laundry Detergent
Easy homemade laundry detergent will both save you money and is a great way to start become more environmentally conscious. Photo By Samantha McClellan

I’ve been making my own laundry detergent for a few months now, but this past weekend it was time to restock so I thought it may be a good time to share the process with all of you. With the start of the new year I began reevaluating how to make my life less wasteful financially and more environmentally sustainable. One of the first practical ideas that surfaced in my research was homemade cleaning products. I have not done a personal cost comparison on homemade laundry detergent vs store bought but many people have, and they have found the the homemade type comes out to pennies per load and beats the store bought type hands down. In terms of environmental sustainability, knowing what is in your detergent is not unlike knowing what is in your food. When you make it at home you can rest 100% assured of what products you are interacting with on a daily basis. However, when you buy it in a store you are at the mercy of manufacturers who are, quite honestly, only out to make a buck regardless of whether your clothes get clean or our water supply stays unpolluted. This homemade laundry detergent recipe only uses simple, environmentally friendly, ingredients and its easy on your clothes, gets them clean, and doesn’t contain any harsh skin irritants or allergens.  It takes all of about 5 minutes to make and it lasts a long time. If you are interested in trying to make small manageable steps towards environmental sustainability and saving money I highly recommend this as a starting point.

Photo By Samantha McClellan
Photo By Samantha McClellan

Homemade Laundry Detergent:


1 Cup of Borax (Find in the laundry Aisle of your Grocery Store)

1 Cup of Washing Soda (Find in the cleaning aisle of your grocery store or make your own with Baking soda. Find instructions here)

1 Grated Bar of Ivory Soap


In a large bowl combine all of your ingredients, mix well and funnel into a container. Use 1 TBS of powder per load of laundry, a little more if it is a particularly large load. 


Jesse St. Jean

Jesse St. Jean

I am many things: a wife, a daughter, a sister, a nutritional therapist, a dog-mom… and I’m an autoimmune warrior.


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Nutritional therapist Jesse

Hi, I'm Jesse

I empower women autoimmune warriors to reclaim their health by teaching each woman how to make the right food choices to heal her body while confidently owning her journey so she can live a vibrant life with chronic illness.


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