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As some of you may know, I wrote a review on The Simply Co. laundry powder detergent (you can read that here) last year. We've been using it for a year and a half now and have loved it. It's a great natural detergent, smells amazing, and works as advertised. As much as I have loved this detergent though, we've been trying to find ways we can spend less money each month and this was one area I thought I could save. Since the ingredients of The Simply Co. detergent are labeled on the glass jar, I thought I'd just give it a try.

Since I didn't know the exact amount of each ingredient, I went to Pinterest and found a recipe here.




  1. Finely grate your bar of castile soap.
  2. Mix in all ingredients together.
  3. Add 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil like Lavender (optional).
  4. Use 1Tbsp for a small load, 2 Tbsp for a large load.

That's it, you guys! It's so simple and took about ten minutes to make! This go around I didn't use any essential oil, but I'll probably use lavender on the next batch. Doesn't the shredded soap look like cheese? I probably should have doubled or tripled the recipe since my jar is so large, but that will be another time. We purchased our 68oz glass Kilner jar for $11.50 from Ginger's Kitchenware in the Old Mill District, but you can find it online here.


Simple Truth Pure Castile Unscented Bar Soap, 4.5oz $2.79
     1 bar = $2.79/batch

Arm and Hammer Pure Baking Soda, 1lb $0.79

     1 cup = 8oz rounding up $0.40/batch

Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda, 55oz $3.99

     1 cup = 8oz rounding up $0.58/batch

Tide Original Scent: 60 loads @ $14.89 = $0.25/load

The Simply Co.: 60 loads @ $18.00 = $0.30/load

**Homemade Detergent: 60 loads @ $3.77 = $0.06/load**

I'd love to know if you've tried any natural laundry detergents and what you think of them in the comments below! If you have any homemade recipes, I'd love to see those too!

UPDATE - Nov 2018

When shredding castile bar soap (using the Simple Truth brand), it tends to stay looking like shredded cheese and doesn't seem to break down like I was hoping when I made my first few batches. I'm now currently using castile soap by Kirk's and that definitely becomes powdery. The soap mixes more thoroughly with the other ingredients and is less sudsy, which is great for HE washers. It is also looks more aesthetically pleasing if that matters to you.


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