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Homemade Laundry Detergent

Updated: Apr 11


So let’s talk laundry detergent! I think it’s important to hear the back-story as to why I started making my own laundry soap so here it is!

When I first got married I was 19, broke and married to an Army infantryman….if you know anything about the military you know they don’t pay shit. So needless to say we bought the cheapest washing machine we could find at sears. They have lasted us 5 years so far so I can’t complain! And we do a LOT of laundry!

My little workhorses...


I used to buy liquid laundry detergent and since I have the top loader with an agitator I had to pour the soap on top of my clothes and when you’re doing a load of whites this almost ALWAYS stains your clothes! So after ruining loads of clothes with expensive laundry detergent, I got mad and searched for something cheaper and more effective.

After searching the good ole Pinterest for all kinds of recipes, I found the one I’m about to share with you. Wal-mart caught on that more and more people are making this recipe so they conveniently placed all the ingredients right next to each other at the store!


What you’ll need…


5 Gal Bucket (or something similar) I used an old box and put a trash bag in it to mix everything #frugalliving

4lb Arm & Hammer Baking Soda $2.18

3lb Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda $3.97

Borax $3.97

3lb Oxi Clean $6.98

(Optional) Scent booster of your choice - 3.2oz Downy UNstopable’s $5.97

2 Fels-Naptha Bar Soap

1st step: Take all of the powder ingredients and layer them in your mixing container. Don’t just pour the entire box in at a time. It mixes better if you alternate the powders.

2nd step: Mix everything up and then add your scent booster and mix again.

3rd step: Grate your bar soap into the oxi clean bucket and dump in and mix again.

Viola your done! Just divide into airtight containers you have and store in a cool dry place.

You only need about 1-3 tablespoons for each load. I just eyeball it and put a little more in my extra dirty loads. Also, use vinegar to keep towels fresh and mildew smell off them. I also bought this non slip shelf liner in the kitchen aisle to keep my dryer clean and my container from moving around.

Hope you like this recipe as much as I do! Enjoy your clean clothes!