About a year ago I switched to homemade laundry detergent and have never looked back. There’s lots of recipes out there but this is the absolute best combination I’ve found. The cleaning power is better than the average commercial brand and you don’t have to sacrifice their great scents. Need a scent free version? No problem. Just omit the fabric softener crystals. However if you do add them you can skip the addition of fabric softener to each load and save even more money.
1 (4lb 12oz) Box of Borax
1 (3lb 7oz) Box of Super Washing Soda
1 (3lb) Container of OxyClean (optional)
3 (5.5oz) Bars of Fels Naptha Soap
1 (4lb) Box of Baking Soda
1-2 (55oz) Bottles of Fabric Softener Crystals (optional)
- Grate soap finely with cheese grater or food processor.
- Mix all ingredients together in large bucket or container
- Use 2-4 Tablespoons per load
Note: all items (with exception of baking soda) usually found in store laundry aisle.
I have found it helpful to keep two separate containers for my homemade detergent. I keep a large container with lid for the bulk and its own smaller, recycled and refillable container beside the wash for more convenient use. Get instructions and free graphics for a snazzy container here: Upcycling Plastic Ice Cream Buckets Into New Storage Containers for Craft Projects, Laundry Detergent and More!