Working Mom to Homemaker

Embracing The Change

Laundry Detergent Recipe

With a Toddler who still has accidents in his pants and a baby who spits up like no other, I feel I have done more laundry in the last 6 months than I have done in my whole life! Laundry detergent is not cheap. We use coupons when we can and although we had a nice stock pile of laundry soap, that went real fast. I found this powder recipe to be a lot cheaper and last a lot longer. In my picture it shows that one batch filled up my plastic container as well as 2 other emptied (and cleaned) laundry soap jugs. I made this recipe mid September. It’s now December and I am just now to the last 5 or so scoops in the clear container. I haven’t even touched the stuff from the soap jugs yet. 🙂


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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 (1.58 kg)) found in the detergent isle.
(this is optional, I added it into mine because I have pretty messy kids and the cleaner the better)

You should be able to find all of these items at your grocery store.

**Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load. I know that does not seem like enough but this recipe does not have fillers like the store bought detergent so you only need 1-2 Tablespoons.**

This detergent is fairly mild smelling, it is not over powering. If you love a strong scent you may have to add a fabric softener or laundry crystals to each load. You can find laundry crystals in the detergent isle.

Start out by grating your Fels-Naptha soap just like cheese. You can use a food processor or just use your hand held grater, what ever you have. Those of you with an HE washer may want to run the mix through the grater again to get an even finer mix.
**Don’t worry the Fels-Naptha will dissolve in your washer even if you only use cold water like me.**
Toss all ingredients in a 5 gallon bucket lined with a garbage bag. This part makes your whole house smell great. Once everything is mixed store soap however you like. The recipe makes about 2 gallons worth of detergent.

December 5, 2012 - Posted by | CLEANING


  1. Do they actually work as well and smell as good?

    Comment by Amanda Rakers | December 6, 2012 | Reply

    • It smells really good while in use but I haven’t really noticed a strong scent that stays on your clothes. In fact even store bought stuff I used never left a scent. For that I would recommend buying the Downey unstoppables. Those are awesome! Just kinda pricey for us.

      Comment by Dani | December 6, 2012 | Reply

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