In our continual effort to save money and reduce chemicals in our household we have begun making our own laundry detergent (no Borax!)- and it’s SO easy! You can see our recipe for DIY Dish Detergent (no Borax!) too which works great!
I usually make a double batch but you can cut it in half if you want – here is my recipe:
2 bars of Zote OR 3 bars of Fels-Naptha
2 boxes Baking Soda (4 lbs each)
2 boxes Washing Soda (4 lbs each)
2 Oxi-Clean tubs (3.5 lbs each) (optional)
Fabric Softener Crystals (optional – I didn’t use)
To start with I also purchased a gigantic glass jar with lid at Walmart for under $10! Just look in the kitchen aisle – there are tons of sizes and shapes for a very reasonable price. You can also use an old popcorn tin, paint bucket, etc.
I start by shredding my soap bars. You can find both the Zote and Fels-Naptha bars in the laundry detergent aisle and mine run under $1 a bar. If you can’t find it check Home Depot as I’ve heard they carry Zote. (You can also purchase them on Amazon but they are considerably more expensive.) You can either use a cheese grater or food processor to grate your soap. Both are easy to clean since after all, it’s just soap! Dump your shredded soap into your storage container, and add all of the baking soda and washing soda, and if you are using it the Oxi-clean & fabric softener crystals then stir well to mix it up! The Oxi-Clean and fabric softener crystals are optional as you are just adding in some extra chemicals but since my 2 boys can create some pretty crazy messes I added in the Oxi-Clean. Hopefully as they get older less messes will occur and I will cut the Oxi-clean out of our recipe.
Above you can see just 1 batch in my storage jar which holds almost 4 gallons so a double batch would almost fill it up! You only need 1 Tbsp. per wash so it will last a better part of the year! Not bad for under $20 for a double batch! This recipe works great for HE washers too – just add it directly into the wash with the load (not into the fill tray). I was using the Robby Wash Ball which we LOVED but you’re supposed to let it dry out in between loads and since I do a lot of loads back to back I couldn’t get it dry enough. It’s also chemical-free and VERY cost-effective.