13 October 2011

Day 13: Homemade Laundry Detergent

You might think me nutty for wanting to make laundry detergent, but it was seriously easy, and quite cheap I might add.

There are tons of ways to make laundry detergent, with mostly the same "ingredients." The "recipe" I finally decided on came from one of my new favorite blogs, Yellow Brick Home.

Three simple steps go into making your own laundry detergent.

Grate a bar of Fels Naptha soap. Mind your knuckles, ladies

 [Since finding out about my lactose intolerance-ness, the cheese grater has not been a very used kitchen item. In fact, it took me 10 minutes to find it.]

Add 1 cup of borax. Add another cup of Arm and Hammer SUPER washing soda.

Use a pretty jar. That's a must.

I stuck a coffee scoop in, the decaf color, because decaf does not get used around my house...ever.

That's it! Throw in a tablespoon to your laundry and you're all set.

I made two batches (using two bar of soap) and I still have tons of borax and washing soda left.


  1. I have done this and it seriously saves so much money! love it :)

  2. Thanks! I've been looking for this!

  3. I've been MEANING to do this. but i'm pretty sure that the husband would think I'm nuts ;)

  4. Just found your blog! Love it! I'm going to make this detergent- I've got a baby and 2 sons with very sensitive skin (they got this from me unfortunately) and I think this detergent would be great not to mention economical! :) On a side note, my boys are also lactose intolerant, but are able to eat any dairy that is raw. We found out this wonderful secret from a naturopath. It's the 'cooking' of the milk that makes our bodies intolerant to it. We get raw milk and raw cheddar cheese and they've done wonderfully with it! Enjoy your day-

  5. This is a wonderful idea! I have been wanting to make homemade laundry soap for sometime now! I make my own all purpose/window cleaner and can't wait to make this. Thanks for the recipe :) I am a new follower and enjoying reading all your wonderful ideas; have a great week!

  6. I don't know and thought I would ask, is this hypoallergenic? I am assuming so.

  7. does it work ok with a washers that you need to us "he" detergant? would love to know. sounds like a great way to save money. (:


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