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DIY Laundry Cleaners

8 Materials
$5
30 Minutes
Easy

I have been doing some laundry cleaning research lately and I wanted to share a homemade laundry DIY recipes with you.


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diy laundry cleaners

Laundry Detergent:


Mix together 1/4 cup Washing Soda, 1/4 cup Borax, 1/4 cup Castile Soap, and 1 gallon water in a container of your choice.




  • Washing Soda (different from baking soda) neutralizes and eliminates odors, enhances your laundry soap, and a natural whitener that is safe for colors.
  • Borax enhances the power of your soap and is a color safe whitener.
  • Castile soap is a natural, non-toxic, multi-purpose vegetable based soap. It's biodegradable, you can get it scented or unscented, and categorized as a disinfectant and will kill 99% of germs.
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You would use equal amounts of this as you would any store bought laundry detergent.  

diy laundry cleaners

Stain Remover


Mix 1/2 cup Castile Soap with 1 cup Hydrogen Peroxide (be sure to use the 3% kind you can buy at the store) and place in a dark squirt bottle.

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Spray the mixture onto your stain and you can watch it work immediately. I let this one sit for 10 minutes as my son had a bloody nose (sorry).

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Place it in your wash and it'll come out clean. If for some reason the stain persists, repeat the steps and you can soak in this solution as well. I did test this on color fabrics and it did work without bleaching it out. I didn't leave it set as long so you might want to test it first for a longer amount of time before letting it soak too long.

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Alternative Stain Remover:


You can also use a mixture of 1 cup vinegar, and 1/2 cup lemon juice.

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Spray the mixture on the stains and wait approximately 10 minutes.

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Place in your wash.

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3rd Stain Remover


Use straight Castile or Dawn soap. Place a little soap on the clothes, use your finger and scrub into the stain. You can watch it start to work and disappear.

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Place in wash and it'll come out clean.


*I have noticed that Dawn appears a little stronger than Castile soap.

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Remove the musty smell


Place 1/2 cup baking soda in with your DIY detergent from above and they will work together to fight that musty smell.


Alternatively you can use 1 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup lemon juice with no detergent.

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Dryer Sheets


Mix together 1 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup lemon juice. You could use essential oil in place of the lemon juice. In a container place wash clothes or cloths, pour the mixture over the washcloths, and place the lid on top. When you are ready to use one, pull it out and stick it in the dryer.




  • Vinegar - this is a natural cleaner and fabric softener.
  • Lemon juice is also acidic so same qualities as vinegar, & added a nice lemon smell.
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Homemade Bleach


Fill our laundry tub the whites you wish to clean and fill with water. Pour in 2 cups hydrogen peroxide (the 3% kind you can buy at the store), and 1/4 cup lemon juice.




  • Hydrogen Peroxide is a bleach alternative
  • Lemon juice is a natural cleaner, breaks down stains, and fabric softener, & added a nice lemon smell.
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  • Kim Jenkins
    on Sep 19, 2018

    I used to make my own and then worried with high efficiency washers. Do you use with a high efficiency washer? Logic tells me it should be okay since they need less soap to avoid getting clogged but sometimes my logical thoughts are not the same as manufacturers.

    • Dee Dee Roehrig
      on Nov 21, 2018

      I hate my HE washer. Sure wish I had my old washer back. My clothes just don't get as clean or fresh no matter what I do. I have tried all types of detergents....a little less...a little more. If i use extra detergent it doesn't rinse out of my clothes.

  • Marian
    on Oct 27, 2018

    Yes, I will try this project. I'm all in for DYI and this is right up my alley. I love the idea of a make my own laundry soap and I take care of a man that is allergic to all kinds of soap. Do you suggest anything different for his allergies?

    • Chas' Crazy Creations
      on Oct 27, 2018

      Hi Marian, thank you and I'm excited you want to give this a try. Castile Soap is great for people with allergies and sensitives. My recommendation is to get the unscented, and I would dilute a little bit of the Castile soap and do a small skin test before laundering all the clothes to make sure his skin will accept it - just in case.

  • Patsy Bruner Kern
    on Oct 27, 2018

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  • Sue
    on Oct 4, 2018

    It may cost a little more, but you aren't using chemicals.

  • Jixyrocker711
    18 hours ago

    Hmmmmm, I probably won’t try the soap as I am extremely picky about the soap I use not only on my clothes but in my HE washer. However, I have used baking soda, put directly on clothes, & vinegar, put in bleach dispenser of washer, to get rid of mildew odor on towels. I will try the stain removers & dryer sheets! Thanks for sharing the recipes!

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