Pinspiration | Sensitive Skin Laundry Detergent

This year, I’m learning to live with less in my 2014 Simplicity theme year.  That means finding innovative ways to save money so we can spend our money in the places we really need to (or want to). I saw this idea on Pinterest and just had to try it. Homemade sensitive skin laundry detergent! And the recipe is so simple – and best of all, it saves hundreds of dollars a year.


Pinspiration: Sensitive Skin Laundry Detergent. This easy, useful project can be completed in 15 minutes. And it helps save your sensitive skin, saves you money, and reduce your environmental impact (if you use liquid laundry detergent – you’re paying for them to transfer the liquid, water, to your store).  I’ve made this laundry detergent for my sister many times and have given it as gifts to families with small children.  This mild, hard-working detergent is fantastic, has no added perfumes, dyes or additives and is so easy to make – worth it!


Start with the right supplies.  We easily found all of these items at the big box store. You’ll need:

  • Borax
  • Washing soda (or Baking Soda)
  • Ivory Soap
  • Grater & Bowls
  • Storage Container & Table Spoon


Grate your Ivory Soap.  This is the part that takes the most time.  I’d suggest making enough to make one bar’s worth of laundry detergent each time.  You can do this during the commercials of your favorite show to help pass the time easier on this project.


Mix the ingredients together. Here is the complete recipe:

  • 1 bar of grated Ivory soap
  • 1-2 cups of Borax (many recipes call for 1 cup, I use about 1.5 cups)
  • 1-2 cups of Washing Soda (many recipes call for 1 cup, I use about 1.5 cups)


Store ingredients an airtight container. We use one tablespoon for regular loads and two tablespoons for large or heavily soiled loads. This is safe for HE machines too.


Cute packaging makes it a great gift. Store items in mason jars and add a tablespoon as trimming.  Then you can easily gift this to everyone you know – especially families with small children or sensitive skin – and start them on their path to more frugal, and still wonderful laundry detergent.

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