DIY 3 Ingredient Laundry Soap


I have been making my own laundry soap for about three years now and I absolutely love it! It not only saves me money, but it gives me peace of mind knowing exactly what I am putting onto my clothes on a regular basis. And now that I have a child with sensitive skin it is even more handy than ever! I have been asked several times about my laundry soap recipe so today I decided to share it with the world. Now you all can be just as happy with your laundry soap as I am! And who doesn't love a good DIY project?

This recipe is super easy, with only three ingredients and you can find all of them at your local grocery store. 

What you will need:

Castile Soap: I use Dr. Bronner's because it comes in a variety of scents and is very easy to find. The one I use (pictured above) is lavender but they also have other lovely scents like rose, eucalyptus and peppermint to name a few! You can also buy scent free and add your own essential oils in to make a custom scent. But not only is it cheaper to buy the scented version, it is one less step in the recipe process. Plus Dr. Bronner's is certified Fair Trade and is cruelty free, how awesome is that? Way awesome. 

White Vinegar: Go ahead and pick up a giant jug of white vinegar at your local grocery store. You won't need the whole thing for this recipe, but when you buy in bulk you actually save money in the long run. There are all sorts of amazing things you can do with white vinegar. So do yourself a favor and get the big one, mine was only three dollars! 

*Water: you should know where to find this, it's essential for life. I use good old tap water, but if you would like you can use fancy distilled water, bottled water, rain water... whatever makes you happy. Laundry soap making is all about happiness.  

You will also need a container to put all of these things into. Sometimes I use old Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap bottles. But I also like using bottles with pumps to make life easier. The one in the picture is an old fabric softener bottle repurposed. 

I also like using a funnel. If you are really good at aiming liquid, feel free to skip the funnel. If you are like me and will get soap everywhere without it, go ahead and grab one. 

Now we combine! Two cups of Castile Soap, three fourths cup water and one fourth cup white vinegar. Is it all in your bottle? Did you refrain from getting soap all over the counter? Then you have successfully made your own laundry soap. It really is that easy! This one bottle will last my family of three for over a month. With the ingredients I purchased I can make about three bottles worth. 

This soap will work with HE washing machines and of course non HE machines. Use one fourth cup for a regular load. For me this is exactly four pumps with my repurposed fabric softener bottle. If the load is particularly filthy (no judgment here) use a half of a cup. If there is a stain you think might be troublesome, just dab a small amount of the soap on the spot before putting it in the laundry machine.  I have yet to find a stain that won't come out with this miracle soap! Even works on cloth diapers. No need to let it soak for any length of time. Just apply directing to the stain and throw it in the wash. Amazing.

For an extra strength version you can add a tablespoon of glycerin.

TADA! Now you have clean laundry with homemade soap and you are filled with a sense of accomplishment. What shall you tackle next, dish washing soap? Shampoo? The options are endless when you start using Castile Soap. 

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