homemade laundry detergent – a great gift!

January 22, 2012

my dear friend, lori, gave us the sweetest holiday gift: ingredients and directions for making homemade laundry detergent.

i’ve been wanting to try this but hadn’t gotten around to doing it … now, no excuses, with everything i needed given so generously to me!

it was super easy to make and has already lasted several weeks. we have used maybe half of what we made. how frugal and wonderful is that!? what a money saver. i am so thankful!

1 of the 3 jugs that the mix made

the ingredients and instructions were simple:

{all the ingredients were in a darling little plastic bag tied with a ribbon}

:: 1/3 bar fells naptha

:: 1/2 c arm & hammer washing soda

:: 1/2 c borax

mix ingredients with 6 c water in pot over medium heat. whisk til dissolved. pour in to bucket with 2 gal plus 2 c water. let sit for 24 hours til gelled. mix before use.  use 1/2 c per load; may add essential oil for fragrance.

the little tag with ingredients and instructions

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8 Responses to “homemade laundry detergent – a great gift!”

  1. krystlebowen Says:

    So, I made my own several months ago, only mine is the dry ingredients not liquid. We LOVE it and it’s lasting FOREVER!!! And holy cow…what a savings!! 🙂

  2. liz Says:

    I would love to hear how well you think it cleans compared to commercial detergent. I’ve thought about doing this for ages, and like you, never gotten around to it.

    • home2learn Says:

      liz, i think it’s working great. we haven’t used “standard” detergent for a few years (the fragrance, traditional kind that i used to love!) but instead have been using mostly the “free and clear” variety, so perhaps it’s not such a noticeable difference in that regard. our clothes are definitely getting clean!!

  3. Donna Says:

    Been wanting to do this—just bought the ingredients. Thanks for the push 🙂

  4. Leaves Heal Says:

    Been thinking of doing this for a while– just did a quick calculation. It’s a close call which is cheaper– the Bio-Kleen I get in the 5 gallon bucket only takes 1 oz per load. Depends on how inexpensively I can get the ingredients. I’ll have to check sources. Thanks for the recipe!!!

  5. jaw123456 Says:

    My husband has been wanting to make this for so long… On island there wasn’t a store that carried the right kind of arm and hammer… We ordered it and it should be here next week or so 🙂 looking forward to trying it ourselves!


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