Homemade Cleaning Products: HE Friendly Laundry Detergent

For clean clothes, pour this homemade laundry detergent into your next load.

Teach them how

High-efficiency washers use less water than their conventional counterparts, so this detergent produces less lather and easily rinses out.

Prep: 15 min. (includes grating soap)

Cost: $4.03

Yield: 18 oz. (enough for 12 loads)



  • Rubber gloves
  • Measuring cup
  • Lidded 24-oz. plastic container



  • ½ cup washing soda
  • ½ cup borax
  • 1 bar lavender castile soap, grated (about 1 cup)
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • 15 drops lemon essential oil



Put on gloves. Add washing soda, borax, grated soap, baking soda and oil to lidded container. Cover and shake well. Use 3 Tbsp. detergent per load, or slightly more for very soiled clothes.