Inside: Save some money with this easy homemade laundry detergent recipe. You will love this homemade laundry soap and it only takes a few minutes to make!
I love finding new ways to save money and for years I have wanted to try making my own laundry detergent. Sometimes I am amazed at how expensive laundry detergent can be. I had been searching for the perfect homemade laundry detergent.
Although I usually use a liquid laundry detergent I didn't want to mess with making a liquid. I thought making a powder would be quicker and easier to dispense than a liquid. I also wanted to make sure that my clothes came out smelling good. Finally, of course, the clothes need to come out clean. After a couple of years of looking around and trying stuff, I finally found a homemade laundry detergent recipe that does all of that plus saves me money. If you have been wanting to try making your own detergent check out this homemade laundry detergent recipe.
To start you will need baking soda, Fels-Naptha bar, borax, and super washing soda. If you want to add a fresh smell to your laundry you can add some scent booster. Most scent boosters can be expensive so I buy mine from the dollar store for a $1. The Fels-Naptha helps get rid of any set in stains, the baking soda helps eliminate any odors, borax will deodorize and help get out tough stains, and super washing soda will get out dirt and stains. Using all of them together will give you a powerful laundry detergent.
You can either hand grate the Fels-Naptha bar or use a food processor. I used a food processor to grate it and it only took about 20 seconds to do. It pretty much looks like cheddar cheese.
Once you get the Fels-Naptha bar grated then mix in the rest of the ingredients. I just added the rest of the ingredients to the food processor and pressed pulse a couple of times to get it all mixed up. This helps to get the fels-naptha bar ground down smaller too. Once everything is mixed then you are ready to start using the detergent.
Add 1 tablespoon of detergent for small loads and 2 tablespoons of detergent to large or extra dirty loads. You will want to store it in an airtight container so moisture doesn't make the detergent clumpy. I just store it in a flip top container from Ikea.
Your laundry will come out clean and smelling great with this easy to make homemade laundry detergent. Looking for other easy laundry tips? Check out how to make homemade fabric softener for pennies.
Homemade Laundry Detergent
Grate Fels-Naptha bar either by hand or by food processor. Add in all other ingredients and mix well. Store in an airtight container. Use 1-2 tablespoons of detergent per load depending on load size.