DIY Laundry Detergent

I do not know of ANYONE who likes to pay more than they have to for something that they do not like doing….

I do not like doing laundry. I do not like spending lots of money on detergent. But, we need it. And, as the family grows, we need more and more of it.

I have done research on and off again on different DIY “recipes” for detergent. For store bought, I use a liquid detergent that runs about $65.00 a year. I was seeing different “recipes” for both liquid and powder forms. I didn’t think that storing a mass amount of liquid detergent would be something that I would want to do. However, I was unsure of using a powder. I had some questions…Would it dissolve in cold water? Would it really clean? Well, I finally decided upon one or a variation there-of. This recipe costs approximately $25.00 and is said to last about 9 months, with 4 regular loads a week (we will have to see about the latter). So far, I am very pleased with it and decided that I would pass it along!

Now, let’s get down to the ‘nitty griddy’…

How to make your own Laundry Detergent

You will need:


– (3 lb 7 oz) Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda- Found in the detergent aisle

– 1 (4 lb 12 oz) Box of Borax- Found in the detergent aisle

-1 (4 lb) Box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda- Found in the detergent aisle (or you can use 2 of the 2 lb boxes)

– 1 to 2 (55 oz) Bottle of Purex Crystals Fabric Softener- Found in the detergent aisle (This is 100% optional, but definately adds to the scent and softness. I orignally made my batch with one bottle, but did go back and add an additional bottle.)

-2 Bars of Fels Naptha Soap – Found in the detergent aisle (You can also use 2 bars of Zote Soap, as well.)

OPTIONAL, not pictured

-1 (3 lb) Container of OxyClean- Found in the detergent aisle. (I did not add this to my batch, but I feel that it would be a great additive.)

Step 1:

Using a hand grater, grate the 2 bars of laundry soap in a bowl. This is the most time consuming part of the “recipe.” (Others have used a food processor for this step. Honestly, I just didn’t want to take any chances in breaking mine and the hand grater wasn’t all that bad. But, if you have one and feel frisky, have at it!)

(Please ignore the huge shadow, known as my hand, in this terrible pic)


 Finished grating!

Step 2:

Now, you will need to mix all of your ingredients together in your storage bin. I did this by a layering process. I put in part of one ingredient, then part of another, and so on and so forth, repeating until all of each ingredient is in the bin. Now take a large kitchen spoon to mix the ingredients.  You can also do this occasionally as you pour the ingredients in to help with the mixing.

Once mixed together, it should look similar to this:

(The coloring of your detergent may be different depending on products used)

To use:

You will only need 1-2 tablespoons per load… (And yes, it does dissolve in cold water).

I poured some of the detergent into my softener container to use on a daily basis, allowing me to store away my bigger bin until refill time. Plus, this small container is perfect for measuring the amount needed for washes. If you opted for the Purex Container, it has three lines in the cap. The middle line is approximately 2 tablespoons! Yes, that my Friend, equals Perfection in my book. Easy-peasy…

Hope you enjoy your money-saving laundry detergent! I know I am!

And, by the way, wherever you store your bin, it will smell just as lovely!