Homemade Laundry Detergent = Success!

Even though homemade dishwasher detergent didn’t work out for me, I was still dedicated to trying the laundry detergent! I compared many recipes online and tried the one that seemed easiest, quickest, and cheapest.

The liquid laundry detergent recipes seem nice, but I don’t have room for gallons and gallons of it to be stored, so I went for the powder type.

Easy Homemade Powder Laundry Detergent:

  • 1 cup washing soda (found at grocery store)
  • 1 cup borax (found at Target and grocery store)
  • 1 bar Fels Naptha soap (I’ve used Ivory as well, it is easier to grate, less caustic to the senses, although Fels Naptha is a better stain remover)

Grate the bars of soap, the finer the better.  A food processor works great for this, but I have also used a cheese grater and that was fine too.

Mix soap shavings with washing soda and borax

Use 1 tbsp powder for each load – I like to start the water, put the powder in, then wait a minute to put the clothes in so the soap can dissolve, but when I don’t, I haven’t noticed a difference.

Makes approx. 36 loads worth of detergent


Prices at Raleys (probably cheaper somewhere else!)

  • Fels Naptha: $1.49
  • Borax: $4.39 (approx. 7 cups) = $.63 a serving
  • Washing Soda $3.99 (approx 6 cups) = $.66.5 a serving

Total: $2.785 for 36 loads = less than $.08 a load!


7 thoughts on “Homemade Laundry Detergent = Success!

  1. I have been using that ‘recipe’ for years now, I love it. I think it works great and I love that there isn’t a fragrance in the detergent to interfere with any body sprays or perfumes that I might choose to wear. I hope that more people will look into this super easy way of making your own detergent. 🙂

  2. I just stumbled upon your blog & I am hooked! 🙂 Do you use this soap in an HE washing machine? I would love to try it, but I know you can’t use ‘traditional’ soap in the new machines. Thanks!

      • I’ve read about this recipe on another blog and there were many responders who had used it in HE machines. They even found that it got rid of some of the odors those machines develop inside from gunk in the door gaskets.

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