I’ve made a lot of homemade household cleaners for years, but it’s only recently that I started making my own homemade laundry detergent. I had seen lots of recipes for liquid homemade laundry detergent, but I didn’t want to mess with a 5 gallon bucket and cooking soap and such. (Affiliate links are present.)
It just seemed like more trouble than it was worth. Until now.
Then I read Tiffany’s recipe for homemade laundry detergent. She uses a lovely goat milk soap for hers and gets great results. I didn’t want to bother ordering the goat milk soap so after some more googling and experimenting, I came up with this recipe.
It takes about 5 minutes to mix up. This recipe is so frugal (just 4-7 cents a load – see cost breakdown below) and I love that it avoids the unpleasant chemical additives in store-bought detergent.
I literally can’t even walk down the detergent aisle in the store without getting a headache from the fragrances – those are some nasty chemicals!
Easy Homemade Laundry Detergent (Powdered)
1 bar Fels Naptha soap (also a great stain remover – just rub on stains!)
3/4 cup baking soda
3/4 cup washing soda (found in the grocery store with the stain removers)
3/4 cup Borax
15 drops lavender essential oil (optional – you can find lots of delicious smells here on Amazon)
Shred the soap in a food processor or with a hand grater. Mine didn’t shred it super fine, but I haven’t had a problem with it dissolving in the washer. If you want yours finer, you can shred it once with the shredder blade and then process a second time with the standard blade.
Dump the soap shreds in a bowl. Add other ingredients and mix to combine. The essential oil is completely optional, but does create a lovely natural (and non-headache inducing) scent.
Store in a jar or other container. For HE machines, use 1/2 tablespoon per wash. For regular washing machines, use 1 tablespoon.
This recipe makes about 3/4 of a quart. This is equal to 24-48 loads, depending on how much you need to use.
Cost breakdown for 1 batch of homemade laundry detergent
Fels Naptha soap: $1
Baking soda: $.20
Washing soda: $.20
Total: $1.65 (4-7 cents a load)
Adding essential oils will bring your cost to $.05-.25 a load but it’s so worth it.
Have you ever made your own laundry detergent?