Homemade Laundry Detergent

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Sometimes doing laundry sounds like a chemistry lesson: laundry detergent, bleach, fabric softener.

Now wonder many people get allergies from their cloth that have been exposed to so many chemicals.

Laundry detergents are also harmful to our environment because all our used water eventually end up in rivers and lakes.


3 in 1 laundry bombs: detergent, stain removal and fabric softener


However, it is possible to make 3 in 1 laundry bombs at home from ordinary ingredients.  One bomb consists of everything you need for doing laundry: detergent itself to clean your laundry; fabric softener, and stain removal.

For example: washing soda is a great stain removal and it also removes unpleasant smells; epsom salt and vinegar act as fabric softeners and also natural disinfectants; laundry soap cleans your cloth and also removes stains.

These bombs are cheap, eco-freindly and by adding essential oil of your liking you will achieve smell that is pleasant for you and your family.

How to make 3 in 1 laundry bombs?  You will need the following:

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Big and deep bowl


1.5 cap washing soda (I purchased mine at the local supermarket, but you can get yours here).  You can also use regular baking soda.

1/2 cap of grated laundry soap

2 table spoons of epsom salt

1/4 – 1/2 caps of 5% vinegar

5-8 drops of your favourite essential oil (here I am using Mandarine Essential Oil)


Wax paper


  1. Shred soap, add soda and epsom salt.  Laundry soap will clean your cloth and remove all stains. Washing soda removes stains and works as a fabric softener.  Epsom salt prevents cloth from getting static and aids in softening fabric while in a dryer.
  2. Add vinegar.  Vinegar will assist in further cleaning cloth and removing stains, it also softens fabric. Then add your favourite essential oil for a pleasant smell (I used grapefruit one).

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  1. Stir all ingredients.  The mixture should look and feel like wet sand.
  2. Cover tray with wax paper.
  3. Use big spoon to form your bombs.  I used ice cream scooper.   Place your bombs on the tray.  In a separate small bowl mix a bit of water and vinegar.  Lightly wet your bombs with a mixture and let rest for 8 hours.  Laundry bombs will dry and harden.

Homemade laundry bombs Modern Vintage Ville

If you used ice cream scooper of average size, one laundry bomb should be enough for one laundry load.  Clothes come out clean, soft and full of nice and fresh smell.

Homemade laundry bombs


I often make these bombs.  I like them more than liquid detergents because I find them to be less messy and more convenient to use.

Please, if you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments.






2 thoughts on “Homemade Laundry Detergent

  1. what is grated laundry soap? Can I use borax powder instead?
    How do I store the completed bombs? (i.e.: in a plastic container, shoe box, etc.)
    Thank you

    1. Hi, Larry. Laundry soap bar is a special kind of soap bar that you can buy anywhere including amazon: https://www.amazon.com/slp/laundry-soap-bar/gsns9uzzro2h7vf This type of soap does not produce suds. Borax is usually used to eliminate bad smell and does not really clean dirt, so I wouldn’t just substitute soap with Borax. You can store completed bombs in any air tight jar or plastic container, shoe box will work fine as well :)) The main thing is that bombs stay dry. Hope it helps.

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