The goal of making your own laundry detergent is to get rid of the plastic detergent containers and replace them with a zero-waste alternatives. This recipe is so simple that it will make you wonder why you haven’t been doing it for ages.


  • 1l (4 ¼ cups) of water
  • 20g (roughly 4.5 tsp) grated Marseille soap (you can buy the soap already grated)
  • 20g (roughly 4.5 tsp) black soap (optional, but it helps to remove stains and leaves the laundry a bit more soft and silky)
  • 1 Tablespoon of soda crystals (you can also use sodium bicarbonate/baking soda)
  • Few drops of your favorite essential oil


  • Bring the water to boil.
  • Add Marseille soap, black soap, soda crystals, and stir for 1-2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let it cool down.
  • Finish up with few drops of essential oil.
  • Pour into a recycled detergent container or another container of choice.

See? It’s faster than making a bowl of pasta. The most time-consuming part is actually taking out the ingredients and measuring them out.

After cooling, the final product solidifies a bit so don’t forget to shake vigorously before using. You can pour it either directly on your laundry or into the detergent compartment in your machine.

There you go! Your laundry is clean!

Be aware that the detergent is not very esthetic after shaking, but it is far cheaper than any laundry detergent you can buy in stores.

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