Borax-Free Homemade Laundry Detergent

Glass bottle of Borax-Free Laundry Detergent

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When we made the switch a few years back to all-natural cleaning supplies, we switched our laundry detergent, too. We started off shelling out lots of cash for all-natural versions on store shelves, but we figured there had to be another way—they were just so darn expensive!

My husband and I started researching homemade laundry detergent out there, and there were a ton of options. And a lot of them used borax—an ingredient that we were hesitant to use. We were trying to get away from unnatural ingredients, and while there is no clear “yes, it’s good for you” or “no, it’s bad for you” verdict on borax, there are enough negative anecdotes and studies out there about it that made us want to try to avoid it if we could. So we started searching for a borax-free laundry detergent. There were decidedly fewer recipes out there without borax. So that meant it was experimentation time!

Ingredients for Borax-Free Laundry Detergent in individual measuring cups

It took a few trials, but we ended up figuring out a detergent that works really, incredibly well for us. We’ve been using this for years and our clothes get clean—like, really clean. And we’re pretty tough on our laundry.

We do a lot of manual labor around here—playing in the dirt in the garden, sweating up a storm, and getting our clothes into all kinds of not-so-clean situations. We’ve definitely put this stuff to the test. Read the post »