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This HE friendly best DIY laundry detergent recipe is perfect for anyone with sensitive skin and babies too.  See why this is the BEST DIY laundry detergent recipe- it’s cheap and works AMAZING!

DIY HE Friendly Best Laundry Detergent Recipe

HE Friendly BEST DIY Laundry Detergent Recipe

Affordable, Natural, HE Friendly, Perfect for Sensitive Skin

Okay, so I know you’ve all seen the DIY Laundry recipes floating around Pinterest!  Well, I finally decided to give it a try and I’m soooooo glad I did! My clothes have NEVER smelled so fresh—and there’s no perfumes or harsh chemicals—so it’s perfect for my sensitive skin.

We’ve been using ALL Free & Clear for years because anything else causes me to break out. And, we just recently discovered the Little Man has the same allergy (yeah, we spent a day in the ER to find out he had hives from laundry detergent—not a fun day!).

After doing LOTS of research I settled on giving this recipe a try… and I couldn’t be happier!  This stuff is POWERFUL and GENTLE.  It works great in a regular washing machine and HE machines too.  I’m on my 5th batch and have made several tweaks along the way to get the formula just right!

You only need 1 TBS because there’s no fillers like you find in retail laundry detergent.  Sometimes I throw in another 1/2 TBS if the clothes are REALLY dirty (like we had an explosive diaper dirty) but 1 TBS is perfect for everyday.

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Alright, ready for the Laundry detergent recipe?


2 Gallon Container (I got this beauty – then used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the vinyl lettering).

You Can Also Find it here at Walmart.com

1 3lb Container OxiClean FREE (store brands work too- but there’s usually a good coupon around for this one and makes it cheaper)

3 Bars Tom’s of Maine Sensitive Soap (or any bar soap that you choose)

1 3lb Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

1 4lb Box of Baking Soda

1 76oz Box of Borax (optional)

Everything above I bought at Walmart for $30.01 (including tax) without any coupons….if you look for coupons you can probably get everything above MUCH cheaper!



HE Friendly DIY BEST Laundry Detergent Recipe

Okay, now that you have the materials, it’s time for the easy part of making your own homemade laundry detergent:

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Best Laundry Detergent Recipe
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Recipe type: Cleaning
Serves: 200 loads
  • 2 Gallon Container
  • 1 3lb Container OxiClean FREE (store brands work too- but there's usually a good coupon around for this one and makes it cheaper)
  • 3 Bars Tom's of Maine Sensitive Soap (or any bar soap that you choose)
  • 1 3lb Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
  • 1 4lb Box of Baking Soda
  • 1 76oz Box of Borax (optional)
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  1. Grate the bars of soap.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in container.

Using a grater (larger holed graters are better or else you’ll clog the holes)- grate your bars of soap and combine all ingredients!  I would grate 1 bar and then mix in 1/3 of all the other ingredients in the large container and repeat till all ingredients are mixed in.

That’s it!  Easy Peasy!  And your clothes are going to smell oh so fresh!

This project actually took less than 20 minutes—I think the majority of my time was actually spent putting the vinyl on the glass container!

Best DIY Laundry Detergent

You can also add in a few drops of your favorite essential oil if you want your clothes to have a bit more scent.  Honestly, I’ve gotten so use to my clothes being scent free that when I visit my mom and use her store bought laundry detergent the smell is quite overpowering.

Have you ever made your own laundry detergent before?  Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Bye for now!

Melissa Llado
Melissa is a busy mom trying to survive the preschool years. She loves a good Pinot Grigio and cuddling up on the couch for the latest super hero movie. Her kids enjoy getting in the kitchen and helping make a mess trying new recipes! Even though she's constantly creating new and delicious treats she usually winds up buying grocery store treats when it's time for her to take snacks for school-- at all of the teachers' dismay.
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