Friday, October 15, 2010

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Well, I made laundry detergent this week.

I took pictures of the process, but as I've noted before, this is not a photography blog and I'm not gonna waste your time loading my point and shoot photos of shaved Ivory Soap.  Imagine it.

I googled homemade detergent several times and was interrupted {several times} and I think I found the recipe I ended up using on ehow.  Credit where credit is due.

Here is what you need:

2 cups borax

2 cups washing soda or baking soda

1 large bar of soap, finely grated

{yes, that's it.}

The hardest part of this whole process was finding the borax and washing soda at WalMart.  It will be in the laundry soap aisle.  Look hard.  The washing soda is Arm & Hammer in a big orange box and I found that first. . . the borax was right next to it.  Apparantly the grated soap is just for texture and scent, but I don't like scented laundry soap so I used Ivory.

I made a triple batch.

It works amazingly.  You only have to use one tablespoon, it cleans our {very very very dirty} clothes well, works great with cold water & our front loader.  I am a huge fan.

And it costs between 5 and 8 cents per load.



  1. seriously. all I can say is. WOW. I love to save money. but I have never thought of making laundry soap. But I just might give it a try :D

  2. I keep hearing about this... I'm going to have to try it. :) Do you make your own fabric softener, too? I'm approaching winter where I'll use the dryer again, but next summer I want to experiment with softeners.

  3. Look at you - even putting it in a cute jar with a pink polka dotted ribbon on it. WOW! (your decorating touches never cease to amaze me!) I think my washing machine is covered in dirty clothes with a toddler potty somewhere in the mix. On a side note, I researched DIY laundry detergent during the summer (but never made a go of it, but you are inspiring me to try) and some sites said to use Fels-Naptha for pre treating stains. I am pretty sure I saw this at fareway along with a few other things that walmart didn't carry.


    Thanks for the inspiration!

    (And i can totally come over and pictures of your cute house!)

  4. My hubby wants to know if you have a front load washing machine. We do, and thus we've always used liquid detergent, out of fears of the mess we'd (I'd) make with granules of detergent. I'd love to find out if someone else has had success with using homemade detergent like this in a front load machine! :)

  5. Gretchen - yes, we do have a HE frontloader. So far it's working great. . . my sister, who just bought a new HE front loader, was informed by the salesperson that her homemade detergent was actually *better* for front loaders.

    I don't think we can give our Downy up, though. :-)

  6. Now that's a great way of saving. Good job!

  7. So cool, I am going to have to try it! Btw, hi. I'm Wendi's friend and have been reading (and loving!) your blog!

  8. Awesome! Thanks for posting this. I am so glad someone asked about the HE front loader. I am going to try it. Always looking for new ways to save. :)
    I found you from fire wives.. (now following) love your posts! I am new to blogging

  9. How compatible is this with newborns?

  10. You can use white ditilled vinegar as softener and deoderizer, plus i have a bounce dryer bar to get rid of the static and to add a little freshness. I have a HE front loader washer and dryer and I havent had any buildup or problems.

  11. You can get rid of static and also cut down on dryer time by using dryer balls made from wool yarn. Pinterest has instructions on how to make them and they work! I love them. I am now going to try your homemade laundry soap. Thanks for sharing it.