Homemade Laundry Detergent

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I found this recipe for homemade laundry detergent over at Ballpoint + Pen. I’m totally into house stuff that has less chemicals and is cheaper than the store bought stuff. Maybe it’s the hippie in me but I’m totally into it.


12 thoughts on “Homemade Laundry Detergent

  1. Barbara

    I've been using this recipe for over 3 years. It works and definitely saves money! If the bar of soap you are using doesn't clean well enough,use a bar of Fels Naptha.

  2. Roger

    Along the lines of homemade cleaning products: use ordinary bleach and several commercial-grade spray bottles. These bottles cost about $3-$4 bucks and so does the bleach. From there, all you have to do is mix bleach with water in different concentrations for various tasks. The spray bottles usually even have markings on the side to make it easier, and you can mark it with what it is. For example: to create your own version of Clorox Clean-Up, combine 1/6 bleach to 5/6 water (a 32 oz bottle could have about 5 oz of pure bleach and the rest water). Another example: to create your own Tilex, combine 1/4 bleach with 3/4 water. I don't even buy Clorox Clean-Up or Tilex anymore; I make them at home myself. Will your house smell like chlorine? Maybe, but it will be just as clean as the nicer-smelling cleansers and it will save you a ton of money.

    BTW, OxiClean has washing soda in it, but you have to buy a brand-name product for that.

  3. Diana

    Curious….can you use this for High Efficiency machines, or is this for the top load washers??

  4. Eric

    I have used this recipe as well. I found washing soda at my local Ace Hardware store, you might try checking with local hardware stores in your area.

  5. CW

    Did you ever get an answer to the HE2 question? I have front loading machines and have to be careful about what detergent I use in them (repairs would be horrendously expensive and negate the savings of making my own laundry soap).

  6. Elizabeth

    I have used the 'liquid' version of this before, which worked very well. I would definitely be willing to try the solids version since having a 5 gallon bucket of goo isn't the nicest space user. To those who are questioning the high efficiency: yes.. although I would stick to the fels-naptha soap instead of a regular bar. Both the liquid and dry method for homemade laundry detergent is fairly low-suds, so it works even in front loaders and HE.

    Also: cheap, yet amazing effective cleaning product that you should purchase immediately: VINEGAR!!!! holy crap this stuff cleans everything. You can add a few drops of essential oils to fragrance it as well. Fav recipes for my clickboard floors: third of white vinegar, third of rubbing alcohol, third warm water plus a few drops of essential oils… add that to my rubbermaid jet mop: voila! Beautiful, streak-free floors!
    Link to other amazing uses of vinegar (works on bug bites, too!)


  7. CW

    What's the recipe for the liquid version of laundry detergent? Also, what are the quantities for each part of the dry detergent recipe? You say what to put in it, but not how much of each item.

  8. CW

    I totally agree with the vinegar suggestion. We've used it instead of fabric softener in our laundry for years. It saves on the washing machine parts and you can't smell the vinegar after the clothes are dried. Also, I use it to finish cleaning my black cooktop. Black shows EVERYTHING and most of my cleaning products leave a dull film. I use vinegar and a soft cloth to make the black surface look like new.

    Another tip for vinegar — run 1 cup through your dishwasher once a month to clean out all of the water deposits from the spray holes. It's another way to keep your dishwasher running smoothly. Just put it in the bottom of your dishwasher, set the machine to normal wash and let it run. It'll be sparkling clean when the cycle finishes.

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