Zero Waste Laundry Detergent

img_2127 Making your own homemade laundry detergent is almost as easy as making your own multi-purpose cleaner. There are a lot of health benefits to homemade detergent, since this recipe only requires natural ingredients, that you probably already have at home.

The fact that you can create your very own personal natural detergent scent is just an amazing little extra benefit.

 Here is what you need

  • 100g baking soda
  • 100g washing soda
  • 65 g grated curb soap ( just grate the bar of soap with a vegetable or cheese grater)

 Simply mix all ingredients together, done! It’s literally that easy!

This laundry detergent can be used with every washing machine.

Tip: Use a capful of vinegar in the rinse cycle to protect colors from fading.

I would love to know if you’ve ever tried a Zero Waste laundry detergent recipe. Leave a comment or tweet me at @thewastedblog using #facilitate



  1. Barbara
    August 24, 2016 / 7:20 am

    Hey 🙂 i was wondering where you buy washing and baking soda without packaging. (I’m from Vienna)

    • August 28, 2016 / 8:38 am

      Hey Barbara, I am very lucky to be able to buy baking soda at my local package-free store in Denmark.
      But I actually wrote a blog post about a package-free store in Vienna that I really liked:

      I am sure if you asked them whether they could start selling baking soda they’ll be happy to do so.
      Alternatively the brand Holste sells Kaiser Natron baking soda and as far as I know they package their baking soda in paper only and don’t test their product on animals. As for the washing soda you can make it yourself by simply baking the baking soda at 200°C for about an hour ☀️

  2. Louise
    January 5, 2017 / 3:18 pm

    Hi Florine

    I’m from Aarhus as well. Where is your local package-free store in Denmark? 🙂

  3. R
    June 18, 2017 / 5:15 am

    I’ve been looking at liquid laundry soap alternatives for a while and like you said its hard to find a easy and good one. I often find them with castile soap or borax which I don’t want either.

    So my question is: Does the powder leave residue on jenas and other clothes after? Cause i prefer liquid over powder but I could change that.

    cheers from BC, Canada

    • October 28, 2017 / 9:02 am

      Thank you for your comment. I have never had the problem with powder staying on my clothes after washes and as far as I know, neither have my friends who use my laundry detergent. If you prefer liquid laundry detergent, switch the soap bar with castille soap and mix it with baking soda and washing soda. Works just as well!

  4. October 3, 2017 / 7:55 pm

    Can some help me please with laundering silk.
    I have a length of bright coloured silk fabric which has started to smell musty. Unfortunately it is also not colour fast. I stay away from the city and don’t have access to dry cleaners.
    I have tried airing it and also using a garment steamer on it. But nothing seems to work!
    Someone please help!

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