I started making out own laundry detergent a few years ago. It seems like with little ones laundry is a never-ending job and we were going through it like water! I did some research and came across a few different recipes to make my own. It is actually very simple and works great! I have never actually figured out how many loads we get with one batch of homemade detergent, but I do know I am saving money! I will use either Fels-Naptha bar of soap or Dr. Bonners…it depends on which one is cheaper at the time.
Homemade Laundry Detergent
Washing Soda (Arm & Hammer Brand is available at most stores)
Borox (20 Mule Team Borox is available at most grocery stores)
Bar Soap (Dr. Bonner’s, Fels-Naptha, or Ivory)
I like to add a few Tablespoons of Baking Soda to freshen up the laundry as well. I also add a few drops of essential oils too. My favorite brand is Doterra, you can order here.
- Grate your bar of soap. I use a grater, but you can also use a food processor until finely ground.
- In a large bowl, mix 2 parts Washing Soda, 2 parts Borox, and 1 part grated soap. (Now is when I add the Baking Soda and about 10 drops of essential oils.)
- Store in an airtight container. I store mine in a glass jar.
- Use 1/8 to 1/4 cup per load of laundry.