DIY Laundry Detergent

January 29 · 2 comments

in House-Keeping, Laundry

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I can make my own laundry soap you say?  Once you see the math and how easy it is, you’ll be blown away and you’ll never go back.

What’s better than homemade laundry soap?  Homemade laundry soap that lasts longer than store bought detergent! I was really excited when I found something that might actually save my family some money. My husband was a little leery at first, but when I explained to him that all the supplies would cost $20.00 & it would last several months longer, I had his attention.

Here’s the breakdown: For our current detergent, it’s $20.00 for 150 loads. Doing the math: I do about 6 loads a week and my father-in-law does 2 of his own. 150 loads divided by 8 loads a week = roughly 18.5 weeks which is about 4.5 months. Know how long this bad boy lasts? About 9 months 🙂

Are you ready to get started & save your family some money?


–76 oz. box of Borax

–55 oz. box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

–4 lb box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda

–3 Fels-Naptha bars (or any soap bar you choose)

–3 lb tub of OxyClean (the person I got the recipe from used 3.5 lbs & she bought 2 small buckets of Oxyclean)

–2.5 gallon (minimum) container that seals shut

–Cheese grater &/or food processor


POUR all powders into the container. I used this one, but you could store it in a 5-gal bucket or something pretty like this.

GRATE the Fels-Naptha bars &/or blend it in the food processor & add to mixture.

MIX all ingredients with a wooden spoon or by shaking it.

DONE! Wasn’t that simple? The whole process takes less than 30 minutes to do and that’s with grating the soap bar.

Here’s what my final product looked like….

Is anyone else as excited as I am?  I think this’ll be the first time I’m really excited about doing laundry, is that even possible? Maybe the powder fumes got to my head, who knows 😉


1. If you can, do this outside as it makes a slight mess and there are powder fumes.

2. Make this a family activity.  Not only will your kids learn how to do it and have fun being involved, it will get done even quicker.

3. You could add the Purex crystals for the smell & as a softner though that will bring up your overall cost.

4. The Fels-Naptha can be replaced with Ivory, Dove or Lever2000 with aloe.

5. I found the 2.5 gallon container to be cumbersome when full.  I had a small container already on hand & poured a portion of my soap into that so I could keep it closer to my washing machine.


“Will this work for my machine?” This recipe works for all kinds of machines, from HE (high effficiency) to those with septic systems. If you are uncomfortable with the powder part for your septic system, you can put the amount in hot water so it dissolves & then add to the water in your machine.

“How much do I need to use?” When using the laundry detergent, you will only need 2 tablespoons per FULL load. This detergent doesn’t have the fillers that the store bought stuff does so you don’t need nearly as much. I use a coffee scoop to measure out my soap.


Now that I can make my own soap, I won’t have to spend $60+ a year on laundry soap.  What do you think? Would you say it seems worth trying? Then what are you waiting for?  Get to it already!! Woot Woot!!

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Kristine Stone - Baton Rouge Family Photographer January 29, 2013 at 9:19 am

I love homemade detergent. The one I have made is a liquid detergent that is put in a 5 gallon bucket. Lasted us a long time. I need to get another batch made soon…. Thanks for the great post!


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