Make your own laundry detergent.

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homemade laundry detergent
Making your own laundry detergent is not only a fun and easy craft, but it’s also good for the environment and it saves money versus buying costly name brand laundry detergents. Following is a simple recipe for making your own detergent at home.
1 Bar of Handmade Cold Process Soap
1 Cup of 20 Mule Team Borax
1 Cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda

Grate the handmade soap into a bowl using a cheese grater. If soap is damp, allow to dry. Combine with borax and washing soda – note that washing soda is NOT the same as baking soda – along with grated soap in a food processor or blender. Blend into a powder. Store in a container of your choice. Use 1 Tablespoon of detergent for small loads or 2 Tablespoons for large loads. For extra cleaning power on heavily soiled linens, you may add 1/4 Cup Oxi-Clean or generic alternative to your wash cycle.

About Rebecca D. Dillon

Rebecca D. Dillon is a soapmaker, DIY-er and blogger whose life is controlled daily by a dachshund. You can find more of her amazing skin care recipes via her guest posts at The Nourished Life blog and Everything Pretty blog as well as on Soap Deli News. Or subscribe to Soap Deli News blog to receive weekly email updates. You can learn more about Rebecca by checking out her bio.


  1. I had another comment but my girls submitted it before I could finish it. {:
    I was just wondering if any of your soaps would work for this recipe or are there some that work better than others?

  2. Thanks for the recipe. With 5 of us in our house this could be really usefull. =)

  3. The regular shea butter soaps would work best as they have the most cleaning power. Look for a soap with coconut oil. I’ve used my salt bars as well and like that they make my clothes feel softer.

  4. I have found using homemade detergents like this tend to make my whites look dingy so as a solution rather than using bleach I use liquid bluing in my whites loads. Works great
    I have a front loader and I dilute the bluing in 2 qt water and pour it into the detergent compartment of my washer during the rinse cycle