homemade laundry detergent

Did you know that I haven’t bought laundry detergent in four years?

I started making my own laundry detergent mostly for the cost savings, but I’ve also come to really appreciate the lack of toxins and irritants with which I wash my family’s clothes! You can easily do a quick search and find hundreds of laundry detergent recipes, but I thought I’d share my absolute favorite [and the most widely used].

Items Needed:

– 1 Cup Borax

– 1 Cup Washing Soda

-1 bar Fels Naphtha

*The above three ingredients can usually be found in the laundry aisle of your local grocery store. If Fels Naphtha is unavailable, you can use any bar soap that doesn’t irritate your family’s skin.

– [2] 1 Gallon milk jugs


Grate the bar soap [I usually use the grater on our food processor. My knuckles thank me every time]

Fill a large pot with filtered water. Add the soap shavings. Bring the water and soap to a boil over medium heat. Stir until the soap dissolves. 

Add the Borax and Washing Soda. 

Stir until mixed well, it may start to thicken considerably. 




Using your funnel, divide the soap mixture into the two milk jugs. 

Fill the rest of the milk jugs with filtered water, leaving just enough room so the detergent can be thoroughly shaken before use. 

*Essential oils can be added at this point if desired. I especially  love using mint or lemons scents!

I’d advise waiting about 24 hours before using the detergent, it tends to coagulate even further once it sits overnight. Before use, shake the jug of laundry detergent well. 

Use about 1/2 Cup per load and enjoy! 

Because the detergent doesn’t sud as much as commercial laundry soap, it’s perfect to use with our HE washing machine and is also cloth diaper safe!  Do you see now why I haven’t bothered to buy laundry soap in four years? This homemade laundry detergent recipe is easy, it’s efficient, and it has saved us a TON of money! So now it’s your turn – start saving your family money and try your hand at making your own laundry detergent today! 


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