Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe

If you use natural laundry detergents, you know how expensive they can be!  If you're looking to save some money and still be eco-friendly, you may want to try making your own detergent!  This is even cheaper than the non-eco-friendly commercial detergents.  Here's what you'll need:


2 parts Washing Soda
2 parts Borax
1 part Baking Soda

Mix these together and pour them into an air-tight container.  To grate the Fels Naptha, you can use a box grater or cut the bar in chunks and put them in a food processor.

To use: Add 1-2 tablespoons per load.  This mixture is safe for front loading washers.


Extras to add/try:
  • 1 part oxygen bleach (Oxyclean)
  • Essential oils for scent
  • Add vinegar to the rinse cycle (of the fabric softener compartment) to soften and disinfect
  • Make this into homemade detergent tablets!  Using a spray bottle, spray water onto the powered mixture and mix until you can compact it.  You can shape the tablets by hand or put them in silicone ice cube trays to dry.  Once dry, they will harden and retain their shape.  Add one tablet per wash.

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