DIY Laundry Detergent Experiment

Thursday , 7, February 2013 1 Comment

A few weeks ago I was crusing on Pinterest, (You can follow me here) when I stumbled across a very cool post from Danielle at Blissful and Domestic about living on a budget.  And I do mean a budget.  She provides for 4 people with just $14,000 a year!  In her post she offers some very cool tips on being thrifty but what caught my eye was a link to homemade laundry detergent over at Sewing Room Screaming .  Not only is the detergent thrifty, it makes a large batch at one time. I hate to run out of things so I was excited about having a large supply on hand.

Amy claims you could find almost everything at Walmart so I decided to look the next time I was there.  Sure enough they had everything and I got it for a total of $11.77!  I already had a large box of oxi clean on hand so this did not factor in to my costs.  However the oxi clean is optional and not critical to making this recipe work.  So I gathered all of my supplies and got to work!


You will need a trash can or large bucket to mix the detergent and a cheese grater.  I highly recommend double bagging the trash can.  You end up with about 10+ lbs of detergent!  It makes it easy to transfer in to a container to store it afterwards.



You begin by layering a little of each ingredient.  I did this in thirds since I needed to distribute 3 bars of Fels Naptha.  Then grate an entire bar in to the trash can.  It will smell pretty strong but it was very easy to grate.

Next you mix the first layer together.  Use your hands and really get in there mixing it up.  You want to make sure it is evenly distributed.  Then follow the process all over again.  Layering each ingredient and mixing well until you finish.

When you are done it will look like this:

Now you are ready to use it!  For one load I use one tablespoon.  I found a child’s medicine cup works great for measuring it out.  (You know the ones that come with children’s tylenol etc.)  One tablespoon equals 3 teaspoons so almost one scoop full works just right.  For really soiled loads you can use more.

I have a front loading high efficency washing machine.  I have been very pleased with how this has worked.  It rinses out great and smells good too.  Kind of a fresh lemon scent.   Since I have been using it I have noticed that my machine no longer has that damp mildew smell some front loaders can have.  I guess the baking soda really pulls double duty!

 I would love to hear from you if you have made your own detergent before and how you like it?


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One Comment
  • Heather says:

    I make my own detergent using the same ingredients, just on a smaller scale. And without the baking soda. I use 1 cup each of the borax and washing soda and then the entire bar of Fels Naptha. Might try your way, though! All that at one time would be great!

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