Homemade Laundry Detergent

It’s super easy to make your own laundry detergent. You might think this takes a lot of time, but it takes about 5 minutes and lasts about 6 months or more. The last time we made laundry detergent was before the Crab arrived, over 6 months ago, and we still had a decent amount left. This past week, I made a bit more to last another half year.

The recipe is pretty simple, you can make it complex with essential oils if you choose to, but we’re pretty easy going with our laundry scents.

I use 1 cup of borax + 1 cup of washing soda + 1 grated bar of Fels Naptha. I made up 3 batches of the mix since I bought 3 bars of soap. We had leftover borax/washing soda from our last mixup plus more for the next time.

Other bloggers mention the cost savings to be about $0.20 per load, and I believe ours is even more as we only use about 1 tbsp per load of laundry. In all, we’re saving over $100 a year just in a simple swap like this.

You can also add Oxyclean or other cleaners if you want. Check out a simple recipe here.

I can also attest to it getting out the most stubborn of stains that come from infant formula and messy loads. I do not use this detergent for our cloth diapering, but it takes the place of unscented baby detergents that can be pricey as well (and which I never used anyway).