Homemade Laundry Detergent


I got this recipe from a friend at work. We made the detergent a few weeks ago and have been using it ever since. It works just as well, if not better, than the detergent we had been buying, and at a fraction of the cost! Another great thing is that I have enough of all the ingredients leftover to make many more batches. Here’s the recipe I used:


  • 1/3 bar of Ivory Soap, grated (I used 1/2 bar since the bars I bought didn’t look full size)
  • 1/2 cup washing soda
  • 1/2 cup borax powder
  • You will also need a bucket, about 2 gallon size

Homemade Laundry DetergentPut the grated soap in a saucepan. Add 6 cups water and heat it until the soap melts. Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is dissolved. Removed from heat. Pour 4 cups hot water into the bucket. Now add your soap mixture and stir. Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir. Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel.

Use 1/2 cup per load. I have stored my soap in plastic milk containers, pouring it into smaller containers that I spray painted and added my own stickers. The caps on the containers I used are 1/2 cup, so it works perfectly.

We also tried one batch of the fabric softener, but haven’t been able to completely make the switch. We like the liquid fabric softener, and the recipe we had was for dryer sheets. They worked okay, but it wasn’t close enough to what we were used to, so we’re still buying fabric softener for now. If I can find a liquid recipe for fabric softener I will give it a try. Have you made your own soaps? I’d love to hear about successes you’ve had with any recipes.

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Homemade Laundry Detergent