Make your own laundry detergent.

July 6, 2010
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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.


  • Five of US

    June 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    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?

  • Colleen B.

    June 24, 2011 at 10:32 pm

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

  • Rebecca (Soap Deli News Blog)

    August 20, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    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.

  • Sharon C.

    May 27, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    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

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