Homemade and Inexpensive Laundry Detergent

I've really been trying to make as many of my own household cleaners as I can lately. There is just something about knowing exactly what is in the products that my family uses that makes me feel good. So, I decided to try my hand at making my own laundry detergent. It was super simple and way less expensive than the national brand I was using...plus, I love the way it smells! My laundry comes out just as clean as it did before!
Homemade Laundry Detergent
You only need three ingredients...a laundry bar, Borax and Washing Soda...that's it!
Simply grate your laundry bar or put it in a food processor.
Then mix with the Borax and Washing Soda!
Store it in a container, add a scoop, and you are on your way to clean clothes! I use 1/4 cup for each load of laundry. For the exact measurements and a recipe for homemade fabric softener, be sure to pop over to the blog!

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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


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3 questions
  • K
    on May 21, 2016

    I have a washing machine that calls for he detergents. Is this going to be compatable with my machine?

    • K
      on May 24, 2016

      Yes, thank you. I have been using Vinegar, water, essential oil mixed together and put on strips of an old towel and put in a jar with lid. I use it in my dryer as a wrinkle and deodarent for my dryer and when I wash towels, bedding and other things from around the house I put some of it as a softener/freshener for the washer. Makes everything smell so nice.

  • Doug Gould
    on Jul 24, 2017

    Where can I get these ingredients??
    • Mcgypsy9
      on Sep 12, 2019

      All can be found at Walmart or your local grocery store Fels-Naptha is a bar soap that has been around well, since my grandmothers time which is a very long time! They used this for everything back in the day.

  • Alicia
    on Dec 27, 2018

    Is this laundry detergent septic safe?

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  • Marcia Robbins
    on Nov 10, 2015

    I found a measuring spoon with one and two tablespoon ends. It works great and I leave it with the laundry soap. It was on Amazon and an add on.

  • Layne Lunday-Starr
    on Dec 4, 2015

    I don't think you need a scoop that big. You really only need 1-2 tbs.

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