I have to be honest, I never pictured myself to be one to make my own laundry detergent. However, a few years ago I was feeling extra domestic, ran across a recipe that I was super curious about, and thought I would give it a try. All it took was making one batch, and now I am forever hooked! Not only does it do a great job cleaning our clothes, but it’s also super affordable and lasts a long time. After a few tweaks, I have found my tried and true recipe.
Here are the supplies you will need:
- 1 large box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda – 3 lb. 7 oz.
- 1 large box of 20 Mule Team Borax, Natural Laundry Booster – 4 lbs. 12 oz.
- 2 cups of Pure Baking Soda
- 5 bars of Fels Naptha laundry soap (or Dr. Bronner’s castile soap)
- Optional: 1 bottle of Downy Unstoppables In-wash Scent Boosters (to add a little scent to your laundry), and/or 1 container or Oxy Clean – 1.3 lb. (for a little extra stain fighting power)
Okay! Let’s get started!
Step 1 – The first step is to grate the Fels Naptha soap. You can either use a hand grater or a food processor (with the grating blade attached). I use a food processor myself, and it make quick work of all the grating!
Quick tip – I have found that if you freeze the bars of soap for at least an hour before grating that they will grate easier.
Step 2 – Once the soap is grated pour it into a large bowl. Change the blade in your food processor back to the chopping blade and add your soap back in with a couple of cups of the super washing soda. This will blend the soap finer and make it easier to dissolve in the wash.
Step 3 – Now add all your ingredients together in a big ol’ bucket and mix!
Step 4 – Once everything is thoroughly mixed, pour your fabulous new mixture into a few large glass canisters with lids. I found both of mine at Target for around $7.
Voila! You now have 30 cups of homemade laundry detergent for less than $20! Use one tablespoon for a regular load of laundry and two tablespoons for an extra-large load. That means you have enough detergent for 240-480 loads of laundry!
Here are a few more helpful hints I have learned along the way:
- An easy way to measure your detergent is to use a coffee scoop! It holds 2 tablespoons so a regular load is half a scoop, and an extra-large load is a full scoop.
- An excellent fabric softener is ¼ cup white vinegar. I promise you that it won’t make your clothes smell, BUT it will make them soft and fluffy!
- This homemade laundry detergent is safe for both HE front loading washers, and top loaders.
- Be prepared to fall in love and never go back to your old washing ways! Seriously, you are gonna love this recipe.
Have an absolutely FABULOUS Friday!
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