Homemade Laundry Detergent (with recipe)

A year ago this week, I decided to try this recipe of homemade laundry detergent.  I stuck to her exact recommendations… but then decided I needed to add another bar of soap, so I added a grated bar of pink Zote soap.  Over the year, I have made 3 batches, so one whole batch lasts our family about 4 months.  We do a lot of laundry.  Brandon washes his filthy, grease-covered, cow manure caked work clothes every single night.  Then on top of that, I probably do about 3 loads of our family’s regular clothes each week, and then one or two household laundry loads each week.  That is about a dozen loads of laundry in any given week.  Did I mention we do a lot of laundry?

I have decided to share my own recipe based off the original.  I have since tweaked it to fit our family’s needs, experimenting with how much of what helps improve our washes, and is more efficient for us.

Here it is…

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Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe:

  1. 1 4lb 1oz box of Borax
  2. 1 3lb 7oz box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
  3. 1 3lb box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
  4. 2 3lb containers of Oxyclean
  5. 2 bars of pink Zote soap
  6. 2 bars of Fels-Naptha soap
  7. 1 container of scent cystals of your choice & amount (I used Purex Crystals, lavender scented)

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Instructions:

  1. Use a kitchen trash bag (or other large bag/container) to mix together all the powdered ingredients.
  2. Grate the four bars of soap, and add the shavings to the mixture.
  3. Mix thoroughly, and put into any container you wish.  Mine is the same glass jar used in the original recipe.
  4. To use, scoop 2tbsp and put in the wash basin before adding your laundry.  Wash as usual.  Sometimes I’ll add 2 scoops (4tbsp) if my load is particularly dirty.

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I have increased the amount of bar soap to help cut the grease better on Brandon’s work clothes, and in turn it seems to help keep the wash basin cleaner from grime leftover after his loads.  We can’t have contamination of those filthy work clothes and the women of the house’s clothing.  :) I also have increased the amount of Oxyclean too.  I realized that with the girls clothing, stains such as berries and diaper blowouts, benefit from a little extra Oxyclean, even with pretreating.   You’ll notice I put a cheesecloth with rice into the bottom of my jar, which helps absorb moisture and prevent the detergent from clumping and hardening.  I also grabbed the extra container of scent crystals… I can’t make up my mind which brand I prefer.  So I figured I would use the extra container to add into loads that I want some extra ‘oomph’ of scent.

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Overall, I am in love with the recipe.  Our clothes are always clean, fresh smelling, bright, and we are saving money also.  Who doesn’t want to save money!  I spend just under $40.00 to make one batch.  Considering I used to spend $40 each month on laundry soap, I am saving well over $300 a year.  I am sure another person who doesn’t do a dozen loads of laundry each week, would be able to make one batch last 6 months or longer.  Now that is a good price for great detergent!

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