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Saturday, September 4, 2010

How to make your own laundry detergent

Powdered Laundry Detergent Recipe

1 Fels-Naptha soap bar (found at most City Markets, King Soopers too maybe)
1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

1/2 cup Borax


Grate soap or break into pieces and process in a food processor until powdered. Mix all ingredients. For a light load, use 1 tablespoon. For heavy or heavily soiled load, use 2 tablespoons. Makes 3 cups of detergent.

Alternate recipe for baby/ kids' clothes:
Substitute Ivory soap for the Fels-Naptha soap, all else is the same! (Ivory soap sells 3 for $1 at $1 store!)

Frequently Asked Questions:
Is this really worth it?
Yes! This saves me quite a bit of money each time I make it! Everything costs about $6 and lasts for about a month. Before I made this, I was spending at least double the cost!

What if I have sensitive skin?
Use the recipe for baby/ kids clothes.

How often do you make it?
I make each batch about once a month. Since I use less than regular detergent, it lasts longer.
Regular detergent

Baby/ kids detergent

Are you crazy?
Nope, just trying to save money! :-D Try it- it really is not that hard!


  1. Thanks! Have you tried this on cloth diapers at all?

  2. Yep, the baby/ kids one is what I use every time, and what I put in my diaper pail. It works great! Sometimes I add an extra splash of white vinegar to the load for extra power and softness. Hope that helps!


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