Washing Clothes Without Detergent

washing clothes without detergent

Have you ever thought of getting your laundry done without using detergent? Surely, you haven’t. None of us would ever think of washing our clothes without it. But what do you do when you run out of your bottle of detergent, and you have loads of laundry that needs to be done today? It’s a scary thought. You may think the only way out of this trouble is to take an emergency run to the store. But what if you didn’t have to use any at all? You will be surprised to know, but you can get your laundry washed without using any at all. Chances are, you already have the requirements needed to wash your clothes right at home. That said, let’s walk you through some of the best detergent alternatives that you can use to wash your clothes. With these alternatives, you can carry on washing your laundry even when you ran out of it.

How To Wash Clothes Without Detergent?

It is true that it is needed when it comes to washing clothes. However, you can still manage to get your laundry done without using it. If any day you see the detergent bottle left empty on the shelf and you are in no mood to visit the store, you can make use of these alternatives to get your work done. These alternatives are so good that you may even ditch using it forever. Also, they are completely safe to be used on your clothes. I wrote about substitute for laundry detergent also in another post. Without any further delay, let’s reveal to you the secret ingredients that you can use in place of it.

Baking Soda

baking soda

Many of you may not know this, but baking soda is considered to be an effective alternative. With just three-quarters of a cup of baking soda, you can wash an entire load of laundry. Since this is an expensive alternative, it should be used only when the need arises or as a temporary substitute. However, if you want to use baking soda as a long term alternative, you can easily make your homemade detergent with it. Here is what you have to do to make it with baking soda.

Things you need

  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • A bar of soap

At first, grate the bar of soap nicely. You can use soap of any brand you want. Now melt the grated soap in a saucepan and add a little water. Take a resealable container and fill it up with 2 gallons of hot water. Pour in the melted soap along with two cups of baking soda and stir it nicely. Your homemade baking soda detergent is ready to be used. You can use half a cup daily to wash your laundry.



You may already know this that vinegar is made from any fruit that contains sugar. Vinegar is made through a distilling process in which the substance is fermented beyond the alcohol stage. The acid found in vinegar is known to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria. It is because of this reason that vinegar is considered to be the perfect alternative. For removing any stubborn stains from your clothes, you can make use of distilled white vinegar. However, you need to make sure that you treat the stain at the earliest. You need to add 1/4 cup of vinegar into the final wash stage of your laundry to remove the excess soap, brighten the color, and prevent yellowing. You can also use vinegar as a fabric softener.

Dish Soap

dish soap

This is no joke, but you can use the dishwasher as a very good alternative. However, you need to make sure that you don’t make it a habit. Dish soap can make more foam than your detergent. Just a squirt of dish soap can work wonders for you. You can also add 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar as an extra precaution. This will help you remove any extra soap that may irritate your skin. You can also make a great mixture of the same by adding one cup of Dish soap with 7 cups of water. You can store the diluted solution in an empty detergent bottle and use it according to your convenience. Just make sure that you use the solution a little less than your detergent.



If you are looking for the perfect alternative to freshen your laundry, you can make use of vodka, in this case. This may be an expensive alternative, but it is very effective. All you need to do is make 1 part of water and 1 part of vodka into a spray bottle. It is advised that you use a cheap Vodka brand for this purpose. Now turn your clothes Inside Out and hang them on a hanger. Spray the clothes with the mixture and let them dry in a well-ventilated area. The ethyl alcohol present in vodka will help remove any bad odor and also disinfect your clothes at the same time. If you are worried about your clothes reeking of alcohol, you should be informed that it doesn’t leave any such smell on your clothes.



Shampoo can also be used as an effective alternative. No, you don’t have to use your expensive bottle of shampoo to wash your clothes. You can use any cheap brand of shampoo you want. This alternative is best suited for hand washing your clothes. You can even use baby shampoo for the very purpose. However, you should never use a combination of shampoo and conditioner that tints hair. Take a small amount of shampoo and water to get your entire load of laundry done. Just make sure that you don’t make it a habit to use all these alternatives regularly.

How To Make Your Homemade Detergent?

Did you know that detergents used for washing our clothes contain harmful chemicals which may cause a lot of problems to your skin? Not just that, but it is also harmful to the environment as well. Most of it available out there contain harmful chemicals which should be avoided. For most of us ditching the use of it seems to be an impossible option. But what if you could make your homemade detergent free of chemicals? Sounds interesting, right? To help you out, we have provided the steps to make it. Go through the steps, and you will know what to do.


  • 1 bar of soap
  • 1 cup of washing soda
  • 20 drops of essential oils or lemon
  • 1 cup of borax

Note: You can use a bar of soap of any brand. It is advised that you go for a low priced soap bar instead of an expensive one.


  • At first, you need to grate the soap using a hand grater. Make sure that you grate the soap nicely so that it can be dissolved easily. It should be grated into fine particles.
  • Now mix the grated soap with borax and washing soda. Make sure you are wearing gloves or using a spoon as these substances can have a drying effect on your skin.
  • Mix it all well and then add a few drops of essential oils or lemon. Don’t forget to stir it nicely.
  • Take an airtight glass jar and pour the solution into it.

Your homemade laundry detergent is ready. You can now use 1 to 2 tablespoons of the solution every day while washing your clothes. It is free of chemicals and thus, very safe to use. It is also an affordable option in comparison to the commercial detergents that we use. It can be used to clean any fabric and remove any stains as well. Try it out, and you will surely see the benefits of it.

Benefits Of Using Alternatives

You can read a lot of benefits by ditching your commercial detergent. Some of the main benefits include:

  • You don’t have to waste money on expensive commercial detergents. Most of the alternatives are affordable and can be used as an effective washing agent.
  • During emergencies, you can make use of these alternatives and save the day.
  • You can also avoid the use of chemically laden detergents, which may irritate your skin. Homemade one is free of chemicals, and thus, it is safe to use.

After going through the above discussion, one thing is clear that you never have to worry about washing your clothes without detergent. You can either make use of these alternatives or make your homemade one. Each of these alternatives is excellent washing agents. This means you can get the same results even without using it.