Homemade Laundry Detergent

The newest addition to the do-it-yourself craze, homemade laundry detergent is here to stay, and for good reason; it’s easier to make than you’d think, it works wonderfully, and at around $0.06 per load, your pocket book will be thanking you too.

Homemade Laundry Detergent


1 bar of Fels Naptha laundry soap
1 cup Arm & Hammer super washing soda
1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax


Using a cheese grater, grate the entire Fels Naptha bar of soap. Ideally, you should set the soap out for a day to dry, but this isn’t a must. Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse until a fine powder forms. Transfer the laundry soap to an air tight container and use 1-2 tbsp per load.


I use cold water when I wash my clothes and this laundry detergent has worked perfectly for me for months. Also, no need to worry about your clothes smelling strongly of Fels Naptha; I couldn’t smell it on my clothes after using this detergent at all. Most importantly, though, remember to thoroughly clean your food processor afterwards! I can’t be responsible if the cheese you grate next week tastes suspiciously like laundry detergent. Consider yourself warned.

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