Homemade Laundry Detergent!

I love finding new ways to be frugal.  It is kind of like a hobby for me.  When I heard about making laundry detergent I jumped on it!  Now, I know that making laundry detergent is old news and that there are thousands of recipes and that it is pretty common.  To me, though, it wasn't common so I had to check this out!  The first batch I made was a liquid recipe and I used it for a long time.  I personally love really good smelling clothing though and I just wasn't getting that with my liquid recipe.  I even added some lavender essential oils but it still didn't smell as good as I had liked.

That's when I came across this recipe for DRY laundry detergent that works well in a front loader!  I immediately gave it a try and have been HOOKED ever since.  I also have to mention that I have been told that this one recipe will last an entire year!  Now, I am obsessed with doing laundry so I don't really see that to be true but still, for the price of this, even if it just lasts half of a year I will be coming out WAY ahead. Let's just say that I made this batch (doubled in size) in January and I still have half of a 5 gallon bucket full.

The recipe:

3 Bars of Fels Napatha laundry soap
1 Box of Washing Soda
1 Box of Borax
2 Cups of Baking Soda
1 Bucket of SUN oxy clean (5 lb)
1 Container of Purex crystals (fabric softner)

The Directions:
Shred your Fels Napatha laundry soap bars (this is super easy if you just use a cheese grater)
Mix all of the ingredients into a large 5 gallon bucket
MIX WELL
Use 2 TBSP per load of laundry.
(Note:  Save your SUN tub, it works GREAT to put smaller portions of the detergent in so that you don't have to always be getting out your big bucket)
You can find a printable version of this recipe in my Recipe Box.


Use 2 TBSP per load of laundry.

So, for around $25 bucks you can have a TON of laundry soap that clean wells and smells GREAT!  This is cheaper than even the cheapest detergent at Walmart.  And, since I have a fascination with Borax, I can't end this post without mentioning that Borax has a natural antifungal/mildew quality to it so your washer won't have that nasty mildew build up smell EVER AGAIN!  I have a front loader and I have been using this with mucho success!

I haven't decided yet just how I am going to "fancy up" the containers for gifts but I know I will come up with something!  This is a Lipton Tea container that I cleaned up.  This soap is really pretty with the yellow Fels Napatha and the blue crystals.  I think in a cozy basket with some ribbon this will be an adorable and FRUGAL gift! I'm still formulating my ideas on how to give it! :)


 Happy Washing! :)
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12 comments:

  1. Hey Jenn! Thanks for posting. I found you off your comment on MSM. I looked at your recipe from the Duggars in your recipe box for the liquid unscented detergent. I have a question if you don't mind- after you fill the 5 gal bucket can you just leave it all in there and periodically stir and pour into dispensing containers? (1/2 and 1/2 with water I know) I was a little confused by that part. Thanks again for sharing this. :)

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    1. Hi Abbie! Thanks for stopping by! To answer your question: YES! After you make up the liquid detergent, you leave it ALL in your 5 gallon bucket, with the exception of the amount you use to fill up the container you use daily for your detergent. You will stir it up really well each time you go to refill your smaller container. I just have an empty Arm & Hammer liquid laundry detergent bottle that I use to refill mine with. So when I am ready for more detergent, I go to my 5 gallon bucket, stir it up well and then fill my Arm & Hammer laundry container half full with the pre-made liquid. Then fill the other half with hot water. Shake it really well and then it's ready to use. You will need to shake it before each load of laundry. The reason for the stirring and the shaking is that the detergent will gel. I hope that answered your question! :)

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  2. Is this good for Sensitive Skin

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    1. I don't know for sure ~ I have a friend who uses it and her husband has very sensitive skin and is ok with it. The ingredients are pretty basic but the borax might be an irritant for some. Hope that helps :)

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  3. I cant use Purex crystals because of allergies can I use essential oils when I make it in to liquid soap. If so how much do you think would be needed.

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    1. I used lavender essential oils in mine when I made the liquid version. I used about 5-10 drops but honestly I could never smell it when the clothes came out of the dryer so I just stopped putting them in, since they can be costly. Maybe if you used more drops it would smell?? If you are just wanting for the "smell good," There is also a recipe for homemade dryer sheets using sponges. Adding the oils to the dryer sheet instead of the laundry soap might be a more successful way to get it to smell good! Hope that helps! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Would Oxiclean work just as well as Sun Oxy?

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    1. Yes!!! :) The SUN is usually next to the Oxy Clean in our Walmart....

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  5. Will this dissolve in cold water as well? I have a lot of laundry that I wash in cold water...
    Thanks in advance! I'm mixing my first batch tonight! :)

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    1. Yay!!! I hope it goes well ~ it definitely smells good! I have used mine in all temperatures of water and haven't had any problems. I use this soap exclusively on all my clothes and so far so good! :)

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  6. Did my first load with it yesterday. Works and smells great! And preparing it was so much easier...I didn't like the idea of dealing with a 5-gallon bucket of liquid detergent! Heavy, sticky, and messy if spilled! Besides, this version smells better, like you pointed out. :)

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    1. Awesome! I agree about the liquid version... it is more inconvenient! :)

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