What’s this?  A post on a Saturday?  That’s right!  I wanted to make up for not posting much this week so I decided to revisit an older post from before I moved to the new Something Winnderful.  A few months ago I posted about my homemade laundry detergent.  At the time I had only used it for a few loads.  Now that it’s months later I thought it would be nice to revisit it.

If there was one thing I had to recommend making at home instead of buying in store, it would be this.  I paid around $15 for all the ingredients and this detergent it without a doubt going to last a whole year.  It also only took about 20 minutes to make.  So. Worth.  It.

Homemade Laundry Detergent--So easy to make and lasts nearly a year!


  • 1 4 lb 12 oz box Borax (2.15 kg or 76 oz) found in the detergent isle
  • 1 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (1.81 kg) found in the cooking isle
  • 1  box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz (3 lb 7 oz) found in the detergent isle
  • 3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap, found in the detergent isle (if you use Zote bars use 2 bars instead, Zote can be found at Home Depot)
  • 2 small containers of Oxy Clean or store brand Oxy Clean (try to get about 3.5 lbs total  found in the detergent isle. (optional)

First grate the Fels-Naptha soap into a large bowl.  It looks like a big bowl of cheese when you’re done.  Then combine all ingredients in a garbage bag and mix them together.  Dispense into whatever container you choose.  Use 1-2 tablespoons per load.  I didn’t include the optional Oxy Clean, our clothes don’t get dirty enough to warrant it.  I would recommend it if you had kids though. 

Do you have anything you prefer homemade?