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Homemade Borax-Free Laundry Detergent

I was lucky to attend a rare workshop by the David Suzuki’s Queen of Green, Lindsay Coulter at the Soap Dispensary on Monday. She has a message to spread – “The good news is that we don’t need to choose between healthy and clean,”- Lindsay Coulter (quote from the David Suzuki website). She is asking people to break up with their toxic cleaners this spring. You can join the Spring Breakup and say goodbye to Mr. Clean (or whatever toxic cleaning product you may still treasure).

She taught us how to make liquid laundry detergent, all-purpose spray cleaner and all-purpose scrub. Each recipe was super easy. Lindsay has so many awesome recipes that you can download using the link below.

Lindsay Coulter’s recipe for Homemade Borax-Free Laundry Detergent:

Use 1/2 cup per full load

7 litres of hot water

1 cup of baking soda

1 cup liquid castile soap

1/2 cup coarse salt

Mix ingredients in the order of hot water, baking soda, salt and then castile soap. Stir until dissolved. Stir up before each use.

I have tried the detergent in our front loader on a few different types of loads. It works well even on cold and didn’t leave any residue on my black clothes. What I love about this recipe is that salt and baking soda are very easy to find in grocery store bulk sections. Just bring your own bag. If you don’t have an appropriate bag chose the paper mushroom bag and then reuse or recycle it. I am lucky enough to have the Soap Dispensary to buy zero waste Castile soap making it totally possible to make it completely zero waste.

Consider getting a group of friends together to make these recipes together. Just get them to bring their own jars to fill up.

I will do a post later this week on the all-purpose scrub and all-purpose spray cleaner. I don’t think it’s fair to post about them until I try them.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you including my mom (who doesn’t read this) and my mother-in-law (who does)!


“Anything we do randomly and frequently starts to make its own sense and changes the world into itself. Anything you want there to be more of, do it randomly. Don’t wait for reasons. It will make itself be more, senselessly. Scrawl it on the wall: Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty.”
– Anne Herbert and Margaret Pavel

“Our personal consumer choices have ecological, social, and spiritual consequences. It is time to re-examine some of our deeply held notions that underlie our lifestyles.” – David Suzuki


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


11 thoughts on “Homemade Borax-Free Laundry Detergent

  1. Thanks again for another great post. Happy Mother’s Day.

    Posted by Susan | May 13, 2012, 1:19 pm
  2. Happy Mother’s Day to you! The recipes are cheaper, safer and they work as good if not better than the store bought toxic products 🙂

    Posted by Sarah Tobin | May 13, 2012, 2:02 pm
  3. Going to try non-toxic laundry. Going back to natural products – what a concept. I’m happy some young people are concerned about the lack of concern shown by corporations. Keep up the positive movement Stephanie.

    Posted by Sheila Wilson | March 2, 2014, 4:34 pm


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