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Paleo Laundry Detergent (3 ingredients)

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 | 0 comments

Paleo Laundry Detergent (3 ingredients)

Paleo Laundry Detergent

If you happen to be sensitive to multiple chemicals in soaps and cleaning products like I am, my Paleo Laundry Detergent may work well for your clothes washing needs.


I have gone through so many jugs of liquid detergents and boxes of washing powders, trying to find ones which do not make my skin itch, my eyes burn or cause me to wake up in the morning, sneezing, with endless stuffed up sinuses. This simple 3 ingredient Paleo Laundry Detergent works for me with no allergic reactions whatsoever.

Several family members and I react to a multitude of chemicals found in mainstream laundry soaps, even ones that are advertised as; “for sensitive skin”, “clear and free”, or “fragrance free”. One of the chemicals which causes my intense itching and rash, and makes me wake up in the morning after sleeping in sheets washed in it with red, itchy swollen eyes is – cocamidopropyl betaine. Cocamidopropyl betaine is an organic compound derived from coconut oil and dimethylaminopropylamine. It is a lathering agent that is in SO many soaps, detergents, shampoos and soaps that I couldn’t possibly list them all. I must avoid any shampoos, soaps, detergents, or cosmetics which contain it. If you, your baby, or anyone you know has a mystery body rash, please make sure this ingredient is not the cause!


My family’s intense itching and sneezing upon awakening led me to finally make my own Paleo Laundry Detergent recipe. I have found not only is it a snap to make, it saves me money in the cost of my detergent compared to what I used to spend on industrial brands.


I dislike scents in my Paleo Laundry Detergent, so I use an unscented bar of Dr. Bronner’s soap. If you prefer a bit of scent to your laundry, choose your favorite scented bar of Dr. Bronner’s soap and use that variety.


The 3 ingredients in my Paleo Laundry Detergent were easy to find in my local hardware store and on Amazon on-line. I store my detergent in a large pickle jar, which I also found in a hardware store. I use a cloth and a rubber band to cover it, since it came without a lid. You may use any storage container you like to store your Paleo Laundry Detergent.





Sodium carbonate – from plant ashes

Sodium tetraborate (borax) – a compound of boron mineral salt

Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Bar Soap – Organic coconut oil, organic palm oil, sodium hydroxide, water, organic olive oil, organic hemp oil, organic jojoba oil, sea salt, citric acid, vitamin E.


Paleo Laundry Detergent


Paleo Laundry Detergent*

  • 2 cups borax (I use 20 Mule Team Laundry Booster)
  • 2 cups sodium carbonate (I use Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda)
  • 2 bars (GRATED) – Dr. Bronner’s All-One Hemp Baby Unscented (or any of his bar soaps) Pure-Castile Bar soap


*WARNING:  People, this is laundry detergent, for washing clothes only. It may cause harm if snorted, ingested, eaten, or used in eyes or as a skin wash. It is not for internal use. I handle it with gloves when I am mixing a batch. I also wait until the dust settles before taking it out of my food processor. Do not inhale or snort the powder/dust from these recipe ingredients.


1) Measure the ingredients into a food processor. I have to do 1/2 the recipe at a time due to the size of my food processor – 1 bar, 1 cup, 1 cup. (I use a cheese grater to grate the bar soap.)

2) Process on high until well mixed into a fine powder.

3) Store in a covered container of your choice.


I use 2-3 tablespoons of Paleo Laundry Soap in each large load of laundry. Adjust as needed, more or less, depending on the softness and mineral content of your local water.


Paleo Laundry Detergent

samples of sodium carbonate and sodium tetraborate and Dr. Bronner’s bar soap

Paleo Laundry Detergent

grated Dr. Bronner’s bar soap with borax and washing powder before processing











Paleo Laundry Detergent

finished detergent, with a 1 TBS. coffee scoop for measuring


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