Regular readers of this blog will know that I’ve been sharing recipes for homemade cleaning products for years and years now. And way back in the beginning, it all started with homemade laundry detergent!
The homemade laundry detergent that I’ll be sharing with you today has been my go-to for about 7 years now. It’s easy to make and it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin like some other detergents do. Oh, and did I mention that it makes nearly a year’s worth of laundry detergent for around $30 in supplies?
But don’t just take my word for it! :-) Here’s what other OGT readers have been saying about this detergent:
Reviews For My Homemade Laundry Detergent
It’s incredibly rewarding to know that other people have benefited from using this homemade detergent as much as I have. Here’s the recipe, so you can give it a try too! (And be sure to check back in to let me know how it goes!)
How To Make Cheap Homemade Laundry Detergent
3 (5 oz) bars Fels-Naptha laundry bar & stain remover
1 (76 oz) box borax
1 (55 oz) box washing soda
2 cups baking soda
2 (55 oz) boxes OxiClean verastile stain remover
1 – 2 (15.5 oz) bottles Purex Crystals in-wash fragrance booster (optional, see below)
Author’s Note: Adding Purex Crystals is an easy way to give homemade laundry detergent a fresh and lasting scent. If you prefer to avoid fragrances, feel free to leave the crystals out! The detergent will work just fine without them. (Or you could make your own all-natural scented crystals with essential oils and use those instead!)
Step 1 – Make Soap Pellets
First, you’ll break down the bars of Fels-Naptha in fine pellets of laundry soap. The pieces need to be small enough that they will dissolve readily in your washing machine.
I like to do this by chopping the Fels-Naptha bars into big chunks, then blending them in my Blendtec along with a scoop of OxiClean. (The OxiClean just helps keep the laundry soap pieces from sticking to each other as much.)
If you don’t have a high-powered blender, you can use your food processor or even a cheese grater to break up the soap. (Grating soap by hand is quite the workout, but it gets the job done!)
Step 2 – Mix The Ingredients
Next, you’ll combine all the detergent ingredients together. In my experience, the easiest way to do this is to use a couple of trash bags!
Pour the laundry soap pellets, borax, washing soda, baking soda, OxiClean, and Purex Crystals (if using) into one trash bag.
Tie the trash bag shut, then place the tied bag into another trash bag. Tie off the second bag, and then just push, tumble, and roll the bags around for a few minutes to mix all the ingredients together.
Step 3 – Transfer To A Container
When you’re done mixing, just cut a hole in the corner of both bags and pour the detergent into a big jar or container for storage.
If you live in a humid area, make sure to choose an airtight container so that your detergent stays dry! You can also toss a few silica gel packets into the detergent to help absorb any moisture.
“How Much Detergent Should I Use?”
- For a standard wash load, use 2 tablespoons of homemade laundry detergent.
- For large or heavily soiled loads, use 2 1/2 tablespoons.
- In small loads, use 1 1/2 tablespoons.
This detergent works perfectly in any washing machine, including high-efficiency machines! (Bonus HE Tip: Skip the dispenser and toss the detergent right into the washer!)
Like making your own supplies for cleaning the house? The ingredients are almost similar to making homemade detergent for your dishwasher and you might want to try it out too.
Can’t Get Enough Homemade Laundry Detergent?
Looking for more types, styles, and variations of homemade laundry detergent? You came to just the right place! :-) You’ll find some of my other variations on homemade laundry soap at the links below:
- Homemade Laundry Detergent – Trial Size Version
- Homemade Laundry Detergent Tabs
- No-Grate Liquid Laundry Detergent
Do you make any of your own laundry supplies?