Sources of pure soap laundry powder or liquid

Always check ingredients first, manufacturers change product ingredients all the time.  
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To save money or time, do it yourself!  There are many online recipes for laundry powder and gel using bar soaps, and various amounts of borax, washing soda, and baking soda.

Here are the pre-packaged products I found (some of the photos are of older version of packaging, but all the links are up to date as of 9/30/2022).


pure soap flakes

Pure Soap Flake Company
Laundry powder, soap flakes, soap bars





Pure Soap Flake Company
They have an unscented laundry powder which is just simple soap, baking soda, borax and washing soda. They also produce a laundry power without borax, and one with just plain soap flakes. I have personally found the plain soap flakes plus washing soda get the best results in my machine, but I have very soft water. Their laundry products benefit from first being dissolved in hot water.


Zote Laundry Soap Flakes

Pack of 8 (17.63oz) Zote laundry soap flakes on Amazon
Still the most popular laundry product in Mexico.  (From animal tallow.  Also contains fragrance and optical brighteners.)


Molly’s Suds

Molly’s Suds makes three laundry products that appears to contain no detergents or surfactants at all, their Original Laundry Powder formulation, their Oxygen Whitener, and the Baby Laundry Powder. The Baby Laundry Powder does contain enzymes, which I cannot comment on the allergenicity of, and the Original contains peppermint oil.

Given the ingredients, it might also make a good laundry booster when combined with a liquid soap or soap flakes, especially for people with hard water. (Always check the ingredients when ordering, their products have changed over the years, and they make other products that look similar that do have detergents in them.)

Mollys Suds Original formulation








Dr. Bronners baby mild soap

Dr. Bronners Liquid Soap

Dr. Bronner’s
32-oz Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild liquid on Amazon
For many people, the only easy soap to access is Dr. Bronners.  Unscented Baby Mild as probably the best place to start.  Combine with baking soda, borax, and/or washing soda for better efficacy in laundry.

Dr. Bronner’s website has a page with recipes for all kinds of uses, including machine and handwashing laundry.




cal ben seafoam laundry soap
Cal Ben Seafoam Laundry
25 lb. box

Cal Ben Seafoam Laundry Soap
More complicated list of ingredients than most of these, plus sprayed with citrus oil, but it’s essentially soap-based.  I have used this product successfully. [Update 2022: After skin problems for everyone in the household, we discovered that CalBen had switched many of their product ingredients. The Dish Glow and Shampoo, long staples in our household, no longer meet the site criteria, which is truly sad since they had, hands down, made the best soap-based shampoo on the market. I am still trying to assess the situation with other products like the laundry powder. Stay tuned for further updates.]



Zum Clean Laundry Soap (the product now has updated packaging)








Zum Clean Laundry Soap
64-oz Sweet Orange on Amazon
Liquid laundry soap, various fragrances.  No unscented, although I have seen them make a run of unscented for customers wanting to buy a lot, then they sell the rest (it’s been awhile though). Zum has been around a long time and has stayed an entirely soap liquid laundry product. I recently looked on their site (2022) and found they are now making a powdered laundry soap product

 Vermont Soap Company liquid castile soap unscented

Vermont Soap Company Castile Liquid Soap Unscented

Vermont Soap Company Castile Liquid Soap Simply Unscented


Longtime soap maker. They also sell dog and horse shampoos that are all soap-based. This soap is multi-purpose.


Softly Pure Soap Flakes (Australia and New Zealand)
formerly Lux Flakes
In 15kg and 1kg boxes

Lux flakes


Always double check ingredients before buying, but this appears to just be just soap flakes, formerly Lux Soap Flakes. Pure soap flakes may work better if combined with baking soda, washing soda, and/or borax, per recipes on the web. In my experience, having a water softener is more important than laundry conditioners, because soap works better in soft water than detergents do.


Savon de Marseille flakes

Savon de Marseille
Traditional French Soap

Savon de Marseille Soap Flakes
Marius Fabre Marseille soap flakes on Amazon
Traditional soap flakes. Can be combined with washing soda and borax, especially in hard water. This is a long-standing company that makes other true soap products.  Their liquid soaps use minimal ingredients and pure olive oil, and are also an option combined with washing soda and borax.


The Soap Works

Pure Soapworks Liquid Laundry Soap or Laundry Powder (Canada & USA) 
This company seems to carry a full line of soap products, both powdered and liquid laundry soap. (The powdered appears to be part tallow soap, so not vegetarian. The liquid appears to be all plant-based soap.)


Grandma’s Laundry Soap

Grandma's Laundry Soap

Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Laundry Soap

Grandma’s laundry soap on Amazon

A lard-based soap flake product, so, not vegetarian.  This appears not to have any dyes or unnecessary ingredients.  This company also sells a soap-based stain remover stick and bar soaps.  They seem to understand the difference between soap and detergent per the site.



Ma’Bella Laundry Powder 
This is a simple mix of the wonderful Ma’Bella soap with washing soda and borax.

MABELLA soap flakes