How to Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

Laundry detergent is a personal choice.

So why should we accept the chemical-doused soap that is offered us in stores?

I have allergies and asthma and the first whiff I get of those detergents gives me a headache.  I wondered what nasty chemical was triggering such a dramatic response from my body and why would I want to wear that smell in my clothes?  I figured it was body’s way of telling me to turn and run, so I turned to making my own laundry soap.

Now I have clean, fresh smelling clothes and no headaches!

Here is my favorite recipe for powdered laundry detergent.Home Made Laundry Detergent

  • 2 bars Ivory soap
  • 2 cups Borax
  • 2 cups Washing Soda

Grate the bars of soap, into a tub, with a kitchen grater.  I break then shavings up a bit more with my hands.  Measure the borax and washing soda into the tub and mix.

That’s it!  Just pour that mixture into some type of container and you’re all set.  I use and old plastic pitcher with a lid and an old measuring cup as a scoop.  (Yay for repurposing!)

I use warm water for clothes and hot water for bedding and towels so the soap dissolves easily.  My clothes come out smelling delightfully fresh!  If you want a light scent for your clothing, you can always add some essential oils to the detergent, or put some essential oils on a wet washcloth and toss it in with your clothes when you dry them.

An important side note:  There is an ongoing debate within my family regarding what type of soap to use.  My daughter firmly believes the Fels-Naptha is the better soap, stating that it’s a little harder to grate and it has a stronger scent, but it cleans grease far better than Ivory.  I’ll have to try it ;)

Another nice advantage to making your own laundry detergent is the money you save!Detergent Costs

The average “Free and Clear” detergent costs about $13.00 for 32 loads. The average family does about 6 loads of laundry per week, spending around $130.00 per year on detergent alone. Home-made laundry detergent costs only $7.50 for 32 loads!   A SAVINGS OF $70.00 A YEAR!

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10 thoughts on “How to Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

  1. healthaddict00 says:

    I’ve really been wanting to do this to save money, I think I’m definitely determined to do it now after we go through this next jug of laundry detergent! Actually, now that I think of it, I believe I still have a box of borax from when I WAS going to use this recipe a while ago and never got to it because I couldn’t ever find the Fels Naptha (then as soon as I WASN’T looking for it I found it!)

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