I’ve gotten a few emails asking for a homemade laundry soap recipe. I’ll admit – I don’t make it (gasp!) But, because I wanted to help those asking, I found an awesome-sauce guest blogger who does and she’s sharing her secret! So let’s welcome Kristin from Organizing Life with Less…
I have always been skeptical about homemade laundry detergent, whether liquid or powder. I have read countless articles on making homemade detergent, but I was still skeptical.
Then I decided to do the research.
The more I read, the more I realized that yes, it would be worth.
But would it really work
I decided to do a “smaller” batch and give it a whirl.
The verdict: WORTH EVERY PENNY!
I am not sure why I was so fearful. It was a tried and true recipe. Before I knew it, one day I found myself at the checkout line, with all of these crazy ingredients. I decided to stick with the powdered version as I was lazy and didn’t want to deal with the liquid. The liquid version sounded too complicated (even though I don’t think it is). I just figured with the powder version, all I had to do was mix everything up; can’t get much easier than that!
Homemade Laundry Detergent
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3 cups Borax
2 cups washing soda
1 bar Fels Naptha soap (or bar of your choice)
3/4 cup baking soda
4 1/2 cups oxygen bleach
1 cup fabric softener crystals
- You can find a set to buy the Fels Naptha, Borax & Washing Soda all together on Amazon HERE.
- Find the OxyClean on Amazon HERE
- Baking Soda Available HERE
- Laundry Crystals found HERE
1. Grate the Fels Naptha bar with the smallest holes possible (without the soap getting stuck)
2. Add the rest of the ingredients.
3. Mix well.
Note: Use about 2 tablespoons for non-HE and HE washing machines. I have also been told that you can use your food processor to grate the bar of soap (I have not tried this personally, so feel free to be the guinea pig).
Take your ingredients:
Grate the soap
Mix all of the ingredients together
I am not sure I will ever go back to store-bought laundry detergent. Granted, DIY is a way to my heart. I have to say the quality and smell of my newly washed clothes has been worth the process AND WORTH EVERY PENNY!