gentle baby laundry soap recipe
using handmade soap

Using gentle baby laundry soap can prevent rashes and irritations to newborn and sensitive skin. This information will focus on powdered or dry laundry soap and how you can make it easily at home.

Many people ask me what they can do about skin sensitivities. I am not a health practitioner and I think that many of these issues needs to be further discussed.

This being said I do understand how soap works and that soap's job is to make water "wetter' and remove the dirt and oils that water could not remove.

Most of the time, we are using too much soap/detergent and there might be harsh residue that is left behind on clothes that can irritate the skin.

I think less is often better and the best advice you can get for making your own laundry soap is to start off with a simple recipe then experiment with your own clothes and  adjust the recipe to your liking.

I researched and read many articles and recipes. What could be simple became quite complicated. Each author had their science to explain the ingredients. Again, start off with a simple recipe and build from there.

Baby Laundry Soap


  • 2 cups packed grated handmade gentle soap ( I used castile simple to make and gentle enough for babies)
  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup washing soda "baked baking soda" (I make mine, very easy to do just need to pop baking soda in the oven, this great blog entry explains how, because it is difficult to find in my area).
  1. Start by grating your handmade soap. I used a hand grater because when I used the food processor the pieces were too thick and did not dissolve in the wash. Leave them out to dry for a few days if you can. Place in a jar, container or box.
  2. Add the borax and the washing soda "baked baking soda".

Use 1/8 cup to 1/4 cup of baby laundry soap per load. Adjust for HE machines.

Whites not so white? Try adding 1/2 cup baking soda.

Soften up clothes by adding vinegar to the rinse, it is also good for removing stubborn odors.

Coarse salt or Epsom salt is claimed to be good for tough odors too.

I do not use essential oils because I find that the scent does not stay and babies really do not need anything extra.

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