Homemade Laundry Detergent

Julia McCabe
by Julia McCabe
Saving our ground water one load at a time!
I have been making this for almost 3 years and I have had very good results with.

Since I started using essential oils,I started adding a few drops of different oils to the batch when I make it.

I am extremely happy with the cost savings of DIY detergent as well!

1 box of Borax $3.99

1 Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda $3.99

2 Bars of Fels-Naptha Soap $1.49

10 drops of your favorite essential oil under $1.00

Total Price $10.96 before tax!

Not to shabby for ingredients that will make more than 2 batches of laundry detergent that will last over 2 months for 2 people.

DIY Laundry Detergent Recipe

1 Cup of Borax

1 Cup of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

1 Bar of Fels-Naptha Soap – grated

10 drops of your favorite essential oil

I use Thieves or Purification Blends

Place all ingredients except for essential oil in a blender or ninja type blender with lid and pulse until incorporated

Once incorporated, transfer to storage container and add essential oil drops

Allow several hours or overnight for essential oils to incorporate into detergent before use.
Julia McCabe
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  • Katie Lyons Katie Lyons on Sep 16, 2016
    How much do you use for a load of laundry?

  • Iris Jennifer Guerra Iris Jennifer Guerra on Nov 16, 2018

    Good day. I’d like to ask if the detergent could be used with bleach for whites or heavily stained coloreds ?(Washing machine set up) awaiting response. Thanks.

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  • Lynda.mcguire Lynda.mcguire on Mar 27, 2015
    How much do you use in a load of wash?

    • Julia McCabe Julia McCabe on Mar 27, 2015
      @Lynda.mcguire I use 1/8 of a cup for normal everyday loads. When we have extra dirty loads, I use about a 1/4 cup. My hubby is a firefighter and some days his work shirts are just nasty when he gets home, but this does great every time! :)

  • Pam Goodwin Pam Goodwin on Mar 31, 2015
    Can you use in the new machines that require HE detergent?

    • Julia McCabe Julia McCabe on Mar 31, 2015
      @Pam Goodwin Yes, I use this in my HE machine all of the time. I normally use an 1/8 of a cup for regular loads and an 1/4 cup for extra dirty loads.