DIY Homemade (cruelty-free and yummy smelling) Laundry Soap.


I hate spending my money on products which contain animal products, and which help fund companies which exploit animals, so I make a lot of my own household products. I found this recipe online a year or so ago and have been using (and loving it) ever since, so I figure I should share it with you.

I use Doctor Bronners liquid soap as a body wash and a hair wash (with an apple cider rinse) as well as for doing a lot of my household cleaning.


Grater (Photo credit: Konstantin Lazorkin)

  • 1/2 bar Doctor Bronner’s peppermint pure castile bar soap (you can use another scent if you like)
  • 1/2 cup Borax
  • 1/2 cup washing soda
  • 1 small storage container
  • 1 grater
  • 1 food processor

Note: Doctor Bronners can be found in health-food shops or natural food sections of other stores, and both Borax and Washing Soda can be found in many major grocery shops or pharmacies.

  1. Grate bar soap with a hand grater.
  2. Measure Borax and washing soda into your food processor.
  3. Add grated soap.
  4. Process (around 1 minute on high) until it has the consistency of regular powdered laundry soap (I added this step myself as I didn’t like the soap curls in my laundry soap, you can skip it if you feel it is unnecessary).
  5. Pour into a container and enjoy.

In order to use this, just add one tablespoon to your laundry machine and was as usual. I love how little I need, how little packaging I waste and how nice and clean my clothing comes out, not to mention that I enjoy the fact that no animals were harmed to produce it.


ps. Doctor Bronners products are fair trade, and ethically sourced as well as free of animal ingredients and by-products. Even the palm oil in some of their products is sourced in such a manner that it has no impact on orangutans.



About couleewind

I'm a 41 year old woman from a small city in Alberta Canada. I am whimsical and bitter-sweet and am essentially a marshmallow in a porcupine suit. I collect Pez dispensers and books and I love to talk, although I do tend to be fairly introspective. The sort of content which you will find here will vary depending on the day, my mood and what’s going on in my world or of interest to me. I mainly blog as method of reflecting on my day and on my life at the time of the post. I have a history of struggling with social anxiety and depression, as well as type two diabetes, and through living a plant-based, wholistically centered life I've made great strides in these areas. This blog is meant to reflect where I'm at in my life, and how I'm moving toward creating the life I see myself having in my dreams. I will often discuss, whole foods, meditation, personal growth and my day to day struggles and victories. I am also a highschool drop out who is returning to school at age 42, and a person who lives on a very tight fixed income currently, this will also be reflected in my blog.

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