Homemade Laundry Detergent...

Learn Recipes To Make Your Own!

Written By Liz Oakes

Recipes for homemade laundry detergent are common, but many recipes contain soap that has fragrance in it.

Most of these recipes are not put together for those of you who have fragrance allergies, but to help the average person save money.

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Many people want to make their own detergent so that they can save money.

Although you will save money making your own detergent, if you have fragrance allergies your motivation would be both find a fragrance free detergent recipe and to save money!

You need to find a recipe to use that is safe as well as having no perfume or chemicals that you may react to.

It can be difficult to buy non-toxic cleaning products, so this article is about the alternatives that you can create yourself.

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Homemade Laundry Detergent Tips

For clothes that have a strong body odor, or are really dirty, you can add a scoop of vinegar to the final rinse. For stains that are hard to shift, make a paste of baking soda and water (not washing soda) and rub onto the stained area before washing.

You may also use a mixture of Borax and water for the same use, 1/4 cups Borax to 2 cups cold water. Keep in a bottle and wet stains with it before throwing them in the wash.

A good natural health approach that will also help you to save money, is making detergent at home. But your major reason could be to find a fragrance free detergent recipe while also saving you money!

Many of the recipes for homemade laundry detergent use soap in them and usually recommend soap that has fragrance in it.

If you want to make your own detergent but have fragrance allergies, these may not be suitable for you.

If you have had trouble finding fragrance free hypoallergenic laundry detergent making your own may be your answer.

If you have health issues such as allergies or have the symptoms of MCS it may be absolutely imperative that you change to fragrance free products.

Making Homemade Laundry Detergent

Even though the homemade laundry detergent recipes below are said to be safe... from experience most of you will know that you still need to take care when using new products.

This is a natural health approach that is especially important if you have fragrance allergies, even if they could be safe for you. You will know for sure once you have used them.

One the easiest of the fragrance free products to use for washing your clothes is washing soda, just the powder on its own.

A tablespoon of it in the wash works quite well to get your washing clean. Unless you are working in very dirty professions or really working up a sweat, more than this is usually not necessary.

For quite dirty washing add in Borax, anything from a teaspoonful through to a tablespoon should clean the average wash. It also works well in front loading machine that need low suds detergent.

For those of you who have washed your clothes in washing soda and been dissatisfied with the results, here is a homemade laundry detergent recipe below.

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe

What you do need to find for this homemade laundry detergent recipe is an unscented soap to use to grate up, as the soap part of the recipe.

Many recipes for homemade laundry detergent use Naphtha soap, but that is made from petroleum products so I would suggest you steer clear of that.

Other soaps that are recommended are 'Pure and Natural Soap' so you could give this a go. Some suggest 'Lux Flakes' which used to be fragrance free but I have been told they now have perfume in them or you could try 'Sunlight Soap'.

Maybe there is another alternative, so I will give you the recipe I used with a fragrance free soap as its base. When I find a good fragrance free soap to use in it, I will make it again, as this is a good recipe.


  • 1/2 cup Grated Soap or Soap Flakes
  • 1/2 cup Washing Soda
  • 1/4 cup Borax
  • 250 ml Water


Start by bringing the water to boil in a saucepan and letting it boil for about 5-10 minutes. Put more water than you need in the pan to allow for it to boil away.

By boiling the water this changes the mineral composition and makes the water softer and so it washes the clothes better.

Reduce the heat to low and slowly add the soap to the pan. Put it in gradually and keep stirring it every few minutes until you have melted all the soap.

Once all the soap is melted take it off the heat and mix through the washing soda and the borax. Then put this into a container that will hold 2.5 liters and top up with water.

You may find that the strong smell of the products when they are hot makes this difficult for you to do, so you may have to get a friend who is not chemically sensitive to mix it for you.

Put it in a bottle with a lid so you can give it a shake before you use it each time. It will have a gooey sort of slimy consistency, but it does clean the clothes well.

Experiment with how much to use, although I use only half of a small scoop of it in my front loading machine.

Alternative Recipes

If you find that the clothes are not as soft as you'd like, try this fabric softener recipe.


  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 2 cups water


As mentioned in the first recipe, bring the water to boil in a saucepan and let it boil for about 5-10 minutes. Put more water than you need in the pan to allow for it to boil away.

Boiling the water will changes the mineral composition and makes the water softer and this is important when making fabric softener. Take the water off the stove and place it in the sink.

Put in the vinegar first, but be aware that when you add the baking soda to the water, the vinegar mixture will fizz up, so allow enough room for it to expand. Once cool you can add a scoop full to your final rinse to soften the clothes.

Using Homemade Laundry Detergent

Once you begin to use a recipe that is safe, and free from chemicals that harm you, as well as having no perfume or fragrances that you could react to, your health problems may improve.

Other ways that you may also aid your health issues, is by the use of some of the natural allergy remedies.

But prevention is by far the best approach to avoiding the health problems associated with fragrance if you have fragrance allergies or sensitivities.

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