DIY laundry detergent with West Elm

Hubby keeps joking that I am turning into a hippie since we moved to Berkeley…and he might be a tad right :) But hey, nothing wrong with wearing flowers in your hair and trying to live in peace with the environment, right? :) Jokes aside, I’ve been increasingly thinking a lot about chemicals over the past few years, especially since having the girls. What we eat what we put on our skin. I have a mile-long list of things I want to make myself, and on that list was laundry detergent… I gave it a try.

And I guess, more than a try because that’s what I now use for all of my laundry! What do I love about it? Well, I LOVE that it’s easy to make and eco-friendly, that is is WAY cheaper than the laundry detergent you buy in a regular store, and that it cleans the girls’ “i-just-rolled-myself-in-the-dirt” clothes super well!

I am sharing my recipe on the West Elm blog today, so make sure to check it out here :)

Credits: Photography by This Little Street and Jacqueline Knapp. This post was conceived in partnership with West Elm. No compensation was received. All thoughts and opinion are my own.

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8 Responses to “DIY laundry detergent with West Elm”
  1. Agnès says:

    Bonjour Audrey,

    Félicitations pour toutes tes bonnes idées ! J’aimerais moi aussi faire mon propre savon pour le linge selon ta recette. L’aurais tu en français ? Je n’ai par exemple aucune idée de ce qu’est le borax, ni quel type de savon il faut et encore moins où trouver tout ça. Et le washing soda, c’est bien du bicarbonate de soude ??

    Merci pour ton aide !!


    • audrey says:

      Coucou Agnes! Pour le Borax en francais, c’est du borate de Sodium – un activateur de lessive en poudre. Ici on trouve ca tres facilement, en France par contre je sais pas? Et pour le savon j’utiliserais le savon de marseille le plus simple (sans colorant ou parfum etc). Et oui pour le washing soda, J’espere que tu vas trouver!

  2. Ju says:

    Mmmhhhh… will you believe me when I tell you that I also make my own laundry soap ? (well, not so much these days, because, you know… lack of time here… although I agree it’s so easy to make !) And it’s GREAT. I’ll give a try to your receipe, it’s fun to change ! (I just don’t add that much essential oil -tea tree-, I’m scared it would be too much for the kids or the smell would be too strong for me. And I like a smell-free laundry, if that makes sense.

    I’m sure we have other common points, I’ll make sure to come back here regularly to check it out, always a pleasure 😉

  3. Sanna says:

    Greetings from Finland! Thank you so much for this wonderful idea. Will be making this asap.

  4. Carmem says:

    Hi Audrey! Thanks for this simple Eco – DIY idea! I’d like to know…how much Castile soap do you use in your recipe? I’ve seen you use one bar, but I live in Spain and you can find many different bars with different quantities.
    This will be very useful for me to make this soap asap. Thanks in advance!