Homemade Laundry Soap

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  1. Kristin says:

    Is this recipe ok to use for the HE ( High Efficiency) washers?? Thanks!!

    • I do not personally have a HE washer and had to do some researching but from what I understand, HE washers require low foaming detergents. The ingredients in this recipe do fall under that category and for that reason, I don’t believe there should be a problem with it. If you’re really worried, you cans start off using 1/8-1/4 cup of the detergent.

      • Nancy says:

        I have an HE washer and have been using and making home made Laundry detergents for about 6 years …..I do recommend running citric acid through every couple of months but I would do that for any washing machine to keep it gunk free and fresh smelling!

    • kindra says:

      I make a version of this using similar ingredients. It adds baking soda super wash and instead of castille uses fels naptha. I have an HE washer and it works wonderfully

    • Christine says:

      You can use it in HE, you have to wait until the water runs through soap dispenser. Add detergent to water as it passes through.

    • EJ Heinrich says:

      I have a front loading machine and this is quite safe for it. I have been using a recipe similar to this one for over 3 years now and I will never go back. I keep an electric hot water kettle in my laundry room. I add my soap in hot water and dissolve it then I pour in in my machine as a liquid. And this way I can use cold water in my machine! Works like a champ.

  2. Brenda S says:

    Will this work in the crazy new HE washers?

    Thanks

    • I do not personally have a HE washer and had to do some researching but from what I understand, HE washers require low foaming detergents. The ingredients in this recipe do fall under that category and for that reason, I don’t believe there should be a problem with it. If you’re really worried, you cans start off using 1/8-1/4 cup of the detergent.

  3. Jacalyn Lantrip says:

    The link for the Castile soap only brings up this page again? Maybe recheck this or post the link for us? Thanks Doc! ;-)

  4. Audrey says:

    What is your opinion on the safety of Borax? I’ve seen it debated both ways.

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  7. dlynn says:

    Hi Dr. Axe. How much of this should be used per load? thanks

  8. Melody says:

    How much do I use per load for HE washer? Is it safe for HE machines?

    • I do not personally have a HE washer and had to do some researching but from what I understand, HE washers require low foaming detergents. The ingredients in this recipe do fall under that category and for that reason, I don’t believe there should be a problem with it. If you’re really worried, you cans start off using 1/8-1/4 cup of the detergent.

  9. Raba Jacobs says:

    Wondering if the laundry soap is suitable for front loaders

  10. Hayley says:

    Can this be used in a High Efficiency washing machine? Thanks!

    • I do not personally have a HE washer and had to do some researching but from what I understand, HE washers require low foaming detergents. The ingredients in this recipe do fall under that category and for that reason, I don’t believe there should be a problem with it. If you’re really worried, you cans start off using 1/8-1/4 cup of the detergent.

  11. Jacalyn says:

    Please redo the link to this? 1 bar of grated Castile Soap Bar or I like to get a deal and buy them in bulk here. Thank you,

  12. Juliet Estacion says:

    How much is the cost if all the ingredient in making the Home made laundry soap?

  13. Hazel says:

    How much laundry soap goes in an HE washer?

  14. Bonnie hopkins says:

    Can you send me a receipe for liquid laundry detergent . I don’t always wash clothes with hot water and these powders may not desolve thoughrouly thank you love your articles they are very useful and i love sharing them and trying new ways to improve health

  15. Tonya says:

    I just made this recipe for the laundry soap. How much do you use/recommend in a typical load of laundry. I see that it says 30 servings. Does that mean this amount should last for 30 loads?

  16. Peggy says:

    We are still waiting on the HE machine question.

    • I do not personally have a HE washer and had to do some researching but from what I understand, HE washers require low foaming detergents. The ingredients in this recipe do fall under that category and for that reason, I don’t believe there should be a problem with it. If you’re really worried, you cans start off using 1/8-1/4 cup of the detergent.

  17. Rita says:

    Can this be used for he washers and how much? I see many peoples have ask the same question but no answer!

    • I do not personally have a HE washer and had to do some researching but from what I understand, HE washers require low foaming detergents. The ingredients in this recipe do fall under that category and for that reason, I don’t believe there should be a problem with it. If you’re really worried, you cans start off using 1/8-1/4 cup of the detergent.

  18. bridgette Hammond says:

    Can you use on infant clothing

  19. Teresa Miles says:

    This is a very expensive way to wash clothes. i have to wash for 7 people, i can buy a bottle of laundry liquid at my local corner shop for £1 that does 28 washes!!

  20. Matthew says:

    This is wonderful and I just found that soap in the store! Any tips on whites to replace bleach or is bleach okay?

  21. Jennifer says:

    ive been making my own liquid laundry detergent with the above ingredients and using it in my HE washer for 4 years now. I melt the grated Fels Naptha soap bar in 4c hot water on the stove stirring till dissolved. Then dump in a 5 gallon empty paint bucket and fill halfway with hot tap water then add 1c Super Washing Soda, 1/2c Borax, and the lavender oil. Stir it and fill to the top with hot tap water. This lasts me 6 month to a year with my family of 5 and only costs about $4!!! As needed, I fill an old laundry detergent bottle halfway with this mix from the paint bucket then fill the other half with tap water. Just shake it each time before you add it to the washer because it may separate. HTH

  22. Susie Montalvo says:

    I have recently had to change all, my cleaning agents to free n clear due to an excema problem I didn’t have before. I would presume this homemade laundry soap is much milder than commercial ones like tide or bleach for whites??

    Thanks!
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    Susie

  23. Rhoda Edwards says:

    I have received the gluten free cookbook and now I am going to try out this laundry soap as soon as I gather all the materials. Thank you so much Dr. Axe. Blessings.

  24. Sonia Lara-Lopez says:

    I have been using homemade laundry soap. I lke it, but I have a problem with whites becoming dingy. I am told because of hard water. Some people use Iron Out, Oxyclean, mixing some regular detergent, or a bluing agent. I have a regular washing machine: may tag heavy duty. I really would like to continue to use homemade laundry detergent. I use dawn, as one of the ingredients. Mp lease help with the dinginess.

  25. Lauren says:

    Has anyone used this on cloth diapers?

  26. Cheri says:

    I have been making homemade laundry soap w/ 1 bar fels naptha, 1 cup of borax, & 1 cup of washing soda. After grating the bar & mixing w/ the powders, I run them through my Nutribullet. It gives a finer mixture that dissolves easily in any water temp. 1 tbsp is all that is needed in my front loader. Cleans great & costs about 6 cents per load. I couldn’t imagine using a 1/4 to 1/2 cup (especially w/ this recipe calling for 2 cups of the powders + baking soda). JMO

  27. zoraida cruz says:

    Utilizo el SA8 Legacy of Clean Biodegradable…que puede decirme al respecto. Gracias por compartir sus conicimientos e información las cuales son de mucho beneficio.

  28. Miss Min says:

    I’ve heard a lot of great things about this soap. Read a lot too. But what is your take on how it effects sensitive skin? My son and I break out from the simplest detergent changes. From one brand of free amd clear to the next brand of free amd clear can throw our nervous systems into war like condition dancing on our skin. What would be a less harsh powder than borax?

  29. Dawn says:

    You might want to consider using a coconut oil based soap instead of castile. Coconut oil based soap has a better cleansing numbers than castile (olive oil) soap. I make my own bar soap and grate it into laundry soap.