Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe

homemade laundry detergent ingredients

In an effort to save some money and be a little more self reliant, we decided to take a shot at making our own laundry detergent using a homemade laundry detergent recipe we found on the internet.  The 3 main ingredients (washing soda, borax, and laundry soap) can be purchased at most farm supply (Rural King) or hardware stores for about $8.  This is half the price of the laundry detergent we have been purchasing.  I estimate that we should be able to make around 10 or so batches with the $8 worth of ingredients.

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe

  • 1/4 cup of grated Fels-Naptha laundry soap (any brand will do)
  • 1/2 cup borax
  • 1/2 cup washing soda
  • Water
  • 1 large pot
  • grater
  • large bucket
  • an empty laundry detergent container to put your homemade laundry detergent in
mixing homemade laundry detergent
  1.  Grate 1/4 cup of laundry soap
  2. Dissolve grated laundry soap in 6 cups hot water over medium heat.  Sprinkle or slowly add grated soap to prevent it from clumping
  3. Add 4 more cups of hot water, 1/2 cup borax, and 1/2 cup washing soda.  Stir to dissolved
  4. Add the soap solution and 22 cups of cold water to a large bucket and mix.
  5. Transfer homemade laundry detergent to an old laundry detergent container(s).  Do not fill all the way to top of container to allow room to mix detergent by shaking.

How to Use Homemade Laundry Detergent

Shake homemade laundry detergent container before each use.  Use about 1/3 cup for each large load of laundry.  It might not seem like much when you add it, but so far it seems to be working well as our clothes look and smell clean.

Click here to view the original source of our homemade laundry detergent recipe.

2 Comments

  1. Reply
    John D. Wheeler March 6, 2012

    Um, is that a typo? Did you mean 100 loads for $8? $1.25 a load seems awfully expensive, and if you’re using 32 cups of water to make it and 1/3 cup per load, that would be more like 96 loads.

  2. Reply
    Kevin March 6, 2012

    Thanks John. That IS a typo. What I meant to say is that I estimate we should be able to make at least 10 batches of the homemade laundry detergent with the ingredients we bought for $8. Thanks for catching that. I will get that changed.

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