Homemade Laundry Detergent

laundry detergent

So, nobody told me that when I became a mommy I would be spending the rest of my life doing laundry. I mean seriously, sometimes I’m doing laundry and I’m just like, where did these clothes even come from? I swear I’ve never seen this sweatshirt before. And then I have the type of kids that wanna change outfits 72 times a day. What do they think this is, the Grammy’s? No matter how caught up I feel like I am, I’m never really done washing clothes. There’s always that surprise basket of laundry that emerges from the darkness, taunting me, as if to say “Ha, woman! You thought you were done with laundry!” I swear I’ve heard the dirty bath towels do the evil laugh before.

Well, I figured since there is no escaping doing the laundry I might as well find the most affordable way to do it. I think I was spending close to 470 billion dollars (this is not an exaggeration) a week on laundry detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets etc. (which I use all homemade versions of now…thank God).

The best part for me is that this homemade detergent only requires three ingredients AND they are easy to find…you don’t have to special order anything or go to a specialty store. I usually get my ingrendients from Meijer but if you don’t have a Meijer where you live you can find this stuff at Walmart, Target, Kroger etc. All you’ll need is

2 cups Borax

2 cups Super Washing Soda

9 oz of bar soap such as:


Fels Naptha

So, for about $10 you can make enough laundry detergent for about 80-100 loads, depending on the size of the load and how much detergent you use. You only need to use 1-2 tbs of the detergent for each regular size load but for larger loads you may  need more.

And now for how to make it. Omg! Easy Peezy…..even the baby helps me sometimes


First thing you’ll need to do is grate the soap. I just use a regular cheese grater and I’m weird so I like to combine two different bar soaps. (1 full 4.5 oz bar of each) Usually Zote or Fels Naptha,but you can also use Dr. Bronners, Kirk’s Castile or Ivory as well.


This next step is optional but I put my soap shreds in the food processor/blender after grating just because I feel like it mixes better with the other ingredients. It’s totally not necessary and won’t change the way your clothes are cleaned. You can see though it’s a lot finer after being in the food processor.

soap shreds

Next thing you’ll want to do is mix all ingredients together, the Borax, washing soda and grated soap. I pour mine into a big bowl and stir before putting it in the container I’ll store it in just because I feel like it gets mixed more thoroughly. You could also pour directly into the container and shake I suppose. That’s the way I did it the very first time I made laundry detergent but it wasn’t mixy uppy (I’m sure that’s a word) enough for me


And now it’s ready to store. I keep mine in a Mason Jar. Actually I pretty much keep everything in a mason jar these days. But it’s perfect, air tight and doesn’t take up too much space in my laundry room. And Voila, there you have it. Homemade Laundry Detergent. That wasn’t so bad now was it. Now smile at all of the money you’ll be saving, not to mention the chemicals you’re getting rid of!! Woo-hoo! Let me know in the comments how this worked out for you!


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