Regular readers of this blog will know that I am all about making my own cleaning products – and it all started with laundry detergent! I’ve made quite a few different kinds in the years since I first blogged about making your own laundry detergent, but this particular recipe has been my go-to for quite some time. This detergent is a breeze to make, and incredibly inexpensive considering how much it makes.
In fact, for those with a family of four or fewer, one batch of this detergent could actually last you a whole year! I’ve been making it for about 5 years now, and I still love it just as much as the first day I made it. :-) Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Homemade Laundry Detergent
- 3 bars Fels Naptha laundry soap
- 1 (76 oz) box borax
- 1 (55 oz) box washing soda
- 2 cups baking soda
- 2 (55 oz) box OxiClean
- 1-2 (28 oz) bottles Purex fabric softener crystals (optional)
The first step to making this detergent is breaking down the bars of soap. I start by chopping the Fels Naptha bars into chunks, and then I transfer them to my Blendtec blender and add a scoop of OxiClean. The OxiClean is key here because it helps break down the soap chunks into fine pieces, and makes it easier to distribute them throughout the mixture later on.
If you don’t have a high-power blender, use your food processor! You could also just grate the bars of soap with a cheese grater, but it ends up being quite the workout! Whatever method you choose, you want to end up with pretty fine pellets of soap, so they can dissolve properly in the wash.
Once the soap is done, the next step is to combine all the ingredients. I’ve found that it’s easiest to to do this in a trash bag!
I pour everything into one trash bag, tie it up, put it in another bag, tie that bag, and then just toss it around! Just tumble it around for a few minutes, it doesn’t take much!
When you’re done mixing, just cut a hole in the corner of both bags and pour everything into a nice jar or container to store. (If you live in a humid area, you will probably want to put it in a container with a tight-fitting lid to keep moisture out. Unless you’re fine with using a chisel to chip away at a solidified block of detergent!) ;-)
Using Your Homemade Laundry Detergent
Add 2 tablespoons of your homemade laundry detergent to a standard wash load. For those with HE machines, don’t bother with the detergent dispensers. Just toss it right into the washer. This formula works great in any washing machine!
Since we are over the “family of four” limit, and I tend to think we have more dirty laundry than your average family, a batch doesn’t quite last for a full year, but I am more than happy with how infrequently I have to make it! I love how well this detergent works, and have given it as a gift many times. Lots of my friends and family use this recipe too!
Do you make your own laundry detergent?