Thursday, July 28, 2011

Homemade Laundry Detergent

1 bar soap (grated- I used Fels Naptha)
1/2 cup borax
1/2 cup washing soda
3 gallons total water
use 1/2 cup per full load- 1/4 for small half loads.

grate and melt 1 bar soap into pan filled with 1 gallon water- do not boil. Once dissolved add borax and washing soda-stir to dissolve....add 2 gallons water, pour into containers....can use right away....will "gel" in a few hours. ( I stored mine in the 5 gal bucket and stirred it before each use)


  1. how cool is that? does it do a good job of cleaning? I may try it! Hope I can find the washing soda in the stores

  2. It works great and you can substitute the bar soap for whatever you prefer. I also like using Zote soap when making this. It helps to know if you have hard water. If you do then you may have to adjust the amount of borax you add to the mixture (adding more if your water is harder). This works out to be much cheaper than store bought detergent also.

  3. thanks, making this today, but I have soft water, will see how it all works! always want to save money,