Home Made Laundry Detergent

2017 Update [I have since switched to using laundry detergent with soap nuts.  Read that post here]


I have been making my own laundry detergent now for 3 years!  I love it!  Recently with the little one and his propensity for food stains, I have purchased a spray on stain remover for heavy stains  But for my husband and I, this detergent has been doing us well.  It’s super easy to make and cost effective.

  • 1 and 1/2cups Borax
  • 1 cup Super Washing Soda
  • 1 cup oxygen cleaner such as oxyclean (i have used dollar tree brand with success)1 1 bar of soap, grated
  • 20 or so drops of essential oils (optional)

Mix together.  I use 2 tablespoons per load in my HE washing machine.  I use wool dryer balls in the dryer and sometimes sprinkle some essential oils on for some added scent.

The ingredients can be tricky to find sometimes.  I can find washing soda at most grocery stores, but wal-mart or amazon is the only place I have been able to find borax.


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