Homemade Laundry Detergent

Lately there has been an uptick in DIY and homemade products. Recipes for laundry detergent, dish soap, shampoo, deodorant, and others are increasingly more common. A number of factors contribute to this rise. One, social media sites like Pinterest just make recipes easier to access and easier to share. Another thing is that for those with sensitive skin, allergies, or a concern about ingredients, making your own products lets you be in control of what goes into your products. And lastly, and for some, most importantly, there is the cost.

Homemade items, especially when made in bulk, just cost less in the long run. Sometimes, a lot less. In the case of laundry detergent, the savings can be quite significant, depending on the type of detergent you normally buy. Although many people have completely switched over to homemade laundry detergent, if you are unsure of its effectiveness, another common method is to switch between a few loads of homemade, and a few loads of store bought detergents.

But, if you choose to go all in for the homemade kind, it’s quite a bargain. For around twenty dollars, you can have up to six months worth of cleaning powder (depending on the number of loads of laundry you do daily.)

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe

One of the great things about DIY projects is that they are entirely customizable. So, you can adjust as needed. Do you have a family member who gets especially dirty at work? Add extra oxyclean to your batch. Like extra scents? Add more essential oils or fabric softener powder.

The following is a basic recipe that works well and smells good. But feel free to adjust as needed!

  • 1 bar soap (Fels Naptha is a common option, but castille soap, or Ivory works too)
  • 1 big box baking soda (the bigger boxes can sometimes be found on the cleaning aisle next to the washing soda)
  • 1 box washing soda
  • 1 box borax (found on the cleaning aisle as well)
  • Small Container of OxyClean (or a big container if you prefer)
  • 1 Container of fabric softener pellets (or add essential oils)

Simple grate the bar soap and then combine all the ingredients together. 1-2 tablespoons is all you need per load!

Recipes like this one are not certified in any way to be HE safe. However, because they are low suds, many people use homemade recipes in their HE washing machines with no problems at all.

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