Homemade Laundry Detergent


I found this recipe on the blog greatoakcircle.com and gave it a try. I put it in a large mason jar with a clothespin tag and gave one to my mom and one to my mother in law for Christmas. They were very impressed that I had made it! I also made some for myself and I have been loving it ever since. The cost is about 21 cents per load and I get about 56 loads. Pretty awesome right?! The ingredients are:

  • Borax
  • Baking Soda
  • Washing Soda
  • Fels-Naptha Bar Soap

I was afraid these ingredients were going to be hard to find and that I’d have to go to some specialty store. But, I ended up finding it all at my grocery store right down the street (after going to other specialty stores and Wal-Mart and not finding it). I always do things the hard way…always. The Fels-Naptha soap bar is just a stain remover. It’s on the laundry product aisle along with Borax and Washing Soda. The Baking Soda should be on the baking aisle.

Materials and Measurements:

  • 3 cups Borax
  • 2 cups Baking Soda
  • 2 cups Washing Soda
  • 1 Fels-Naptha Soap Bar
  • Large Bowl
  • Cheese Grater
  • Mason Jars or other container (to keep it in)
  1. Pour borax, baking soda,  and washing soda into the large bowl.
  2. Grate the Fels-Naptha bar with the cheese grater into the bowl.
  3. Use a large utensil to mix all the ingredients up.
  4. Either using a funnel or measuring cup, put your laundry detergent into the container.
  5. Use about 2 Tablespoons per load and enjoy!


*For step by step pictures and/or to double recipe visit http://www.greatoakcircle.com/homemade-laundry-detergent

*According to the blogger, this detergent can be used in HE washers


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