Homemade Laundry Detergent

standard April 26, 2014 Leave a response

Laundry is the bane of my existence.

Washing it isn’t a problem, nor is drying it. Or even folding it. But it never seems to move from my dining room table into the bedroom or closets. It becomes home decor, cat beds, and dust collectors.

I’ve been on a DIY kick lately, canning salsa, homemade hair gel, etc. I stumbled across a DIY laundry soap recipe, and we decided to give it a shot.

We ended up with 16 pounds of laundry powder.


And we maybe use 1/4 of a cup per load. I don’t think we’ll be needing to make any more anytime soon!

This recipe is great for people with sensitive skin, like me. Most laundry detergents and fabric softeners make my skin itch, and this doesn’t. I used the Gain scent beads, as the Downy ones were just too frou-frou for me. Plus, I don’t think Colby appreciates smelling like Spring, Lush or Glow.

It was a bit annoying grating all the Fels Naptha bars, but I think next time, I’ll toss it in the food processor to turn it into a fine powder.

Next up, homemade fabric softener using conditioner and vinegar!

Homemade Laundry Detergent


  • One 4 lb., 12 oz. box of Borax
  • 3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap
  • One 4 lb. box Arm & Hammer baking soda
  • One box of Arm & Hammer super washing soda
  • Four lb. of OxiClean
  • Laundry softener crystals (optional)


  1. Grate the Fels-Naptha bars into a bowl
  2. Dump Fels-Naptha into a large container (I used a clean cat litter pail)/
  3. Mix all other ingredients into the bucket & shake it all up together.
  4. Place into container of your choice.
  5. Use 2 tablespoons per load.


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