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DIY Laundry Detergent

Trying to live healthily can be challenging, especially when healthier options typically cost either a fresh arm or a hefty leg. 

To reduce the cost of my monthly essentials, I began making my own laundry detergent. I also started making my own because many name brands would cause skin irritation and didn't clean my clothes as well as I would've liked. 

This detergent consists of plant-based surfactants that are gentle, sulfate-free, and gets clothes incredibly clean! Before making this formula, I used a laundry magnet system that I had to pair with apple cider vinegar or baking soda. My clothes would get clean for the most part, but laundry day was prolonged with having to soak my clothes in vinegar first before washing. I still use the magnets, I just use them in conjuction with this wonderful detergent, and my clothes smell fresh and they're clean, and I know exactly what's in it. 

This recipe makes about 64 ounces which can last up to 128 washes ( I use 1/2 an ounce when washing (a little goes a long way)). I have attached amazon links to ingredients, but you can find them in other places. The cost to make this detergent is about $13 (based on the amazon prices), which is pretty affordable in my opinion. You can also get about 3 batches from one purchase of ingredients.


Here's what you'll need: 


Decyl Glucoside 

Cocamidopropyl Betaine 

Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate

Sodium Lactate

Optiphen Preservative



-1480 grams or 6 Cups of Distilled Water (avoid using tap water)

-150 grams or 1/2 Cup Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate

-150 grams or 1/2 Cup Decyl Glucoside

-30 grams or 2 Tablespoons Cocamidopropyl Betaine

-20 grams or 1 1/2 Tablespoons Sodium Lactate (Could sub salt for this ingredient)

-20 grams or 1 1/2 Tablespoons Preservative

-30 grams or 2 Tablespoons of Essential Oil/s of your choice (optional)



1. When handling Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, please wear a mask. Its particles are very fine and can cause coughing and nose irritation.

In a spouted bowl, carefully pour in Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate. 

2. Add in your Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, and Sodium Lactate (or salt). 

3. Mix well until the consistency is that of brownie batter. 

4. Add water and mix again. You can mix by hand, use an immersion blender, or a hand mixer. 

5. Add your preservative and any essential oils if you decided to use any. 

6. Transfer detergent to a leak proof container and be sure to label it. 

7. Your done! All you'll need is 1/2 an ounce when washing clothes depending on soil level. 



Morgan @ The Earthly Alternative 


View the how to video here

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