Natural Homemade Laundry Detergent

Natural Homemade Laundry Detergent

One of my favorite DIY cleaning adventures thus far has been this laundry detergent. Super easy to make, easy to get your hands on the ingredients(seriously, we’re already on the internet, utilize it) and I love how my clothes feel when they are done.
I followed the recipe from shalommama.com(if you click the photo of my detergent, you can reach the page with a lot of her input and information)

1 box Borax powder
1 box Washing Soda
3 bars Fels Naptha soap
1 32 oz. container oxygen bleach
40 drops essential oil (I used sweet orange)

Grate the soap bars.  Mix everything together.  Put in a container. Use. TADA!

The hardest part was grating the bars of soap, as my food processor is too small for the bars to fit and I needed some me time. The only items I ordered online that are on this list are the fels naptha and the oxygen bleach, because I didn’t want to use oxyclean. I DO WANT TO POINT OUT, if you can buy borax and washing soda in the store, please, save yourself money and do that. I was pricing everything out and these boxes both are only about $3 each in the grocery store but if you order them online, they are around $10+. Really, it’s not worth it to buy online. I am hoping to find an oxygen bleach I can trust locally because I feel like it would make it even more reasonable of a price.
Also, I added the essential oils and while they make my laundry area smell absolutely delicious, they don’t seem to make it through to the end product for me. I’ve even tried applying it to some homemade wool balls and nada. Oh well, right? At least when I throw my doors open, it smells fresh and bright.

I have a smaller sized washer, not high efficiency, and probably older than me, so I just use a 1/4 cup measuring spoon and eyeball it depending on the size of my load. Much better for me, since I was using liquid before and I couldn’t tell you how much I used on anything, I just pushed the button and fell asleep.

This recipe makes a good amount, so be prepared to store extra away. I filled two of those jars pictured, one to the top and the other 2/3 of the way. I wouldn’t be surprised if I have enough to make it through a few months and I try to do a load of laundry every day.

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4 thoughts on “Natural Homemade Laundry Detergent

  1. How do you like the bleach product? I use a recipe that uses baking soda instead of the bleach. Do you think it makes a big difference?

    • I have not tried baking soda in this before but I have washed cloth diapers with baking soda and vinegar. I read that vinegar was an important part because it would balance out the PH so that the diapers wouldn’t irritate and leave a rash.

    • I have seen some things about the ingredients in that product that make me personally question it’s safety. If you prefer to use it, please do. It can be used in this recipe easily.

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