Laundry Detergent

Laundry Detergent

If you are tired of spending a fortune on laundry detergent, this is a great alternative!  Depending on your area, it will only cost between $20-30 and last around a year.


1 – 4lb 12oz box Borax
1 – 3lb 7oz box Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1 – 3lb tub Oxyclean
2 bars Fels Naptha
1 – 55oz bottle Purex Crystals (optional)
4 lbs baking soda (either 4 small boxes or 1 large 4 lb box)

Great news!  Most of these items can be found right next to each other in the laundry isle.  1 batch lasts our family of 5 just shy of a year.  We use white vinegar for fabric softener and bleach as needed (remember to never mix bleach or vinegar together!).  For the purex crystals, this is just for a fragrance boost.  I no longer use them, but the bottles make great dispensers.   There are other laundry soap bars out there, but I prefer the Fels Naptha.

Use a large plastic tub in a well-ventilated area.  Grate soap using a fine cheese grater.  Layer ingredients and mix well.  We just use our hands as this part goes pretty quickly.  If you have any skin sensitivities, I would wear gloves.  Try not to mix too vigorously so you don’t end up with a lot of dust in the air (wear a mask if you have sensitivities).  Pour into container for use and storage.  I usually fill gallon ziplock bags.  Use 2 T per load!  If you look at the lids in the photo above, you’ll see a black line.  This was quick work with a sharpie for easy measuring.

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