Easy Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe

Keep this Easy Homemade Laundry Detergent in your laundry room and save money! This Easy Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe is great for sensitive skin and simple to make.  It costs less than 5 cents per load and works in HE machines as well as traditional. Why not DIY?

Homemade Laundry Detergent

1 box of Borax
1 Box of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
1lb box of Baking Soda
3 bars of Fels Naptha grated finely

Simply mix in a large container. Use about 2-3 tablespoons per laundry load.

If you have sensitive skin or suffer from urinary tract infections, give this homemade laundry detergent a try. My aunt made the switch from Tide to this homemade recipe and hasn’t had a UTI since. Who would have thought? You don’t have to sacrifice performance either. My laundry has come out just as clean with this mix as it has with high-end detergents like Tide and even better than when using the cheaper brands.

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I’ve enjoyed using this homemade laundry detergent for loads from sheets to baby clothes, but note that it is NOT recommended for cloth diapers. I recommend Nellie’sAll Natural Laundry sodafor washing your fluff. I’ve been using it for over a year to wash our cloth diapers and haven’t had a problem with absorbency, nor have I had to strip the diapers. Nellie’s is a Canadian company so if you live in the US, click the link to buy it from Amazon.com and you won’t have to pay shipping charges if you have Prime or order $25 worth. Not only is it effective for cloth diapers, but purchasing in bulk on Amazon makes it the most cost effective cloth diaper detergent option I’ve found so far. If you know of something cheaper (including shipping) and just as effective, please leave me a comment!

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  1. interesting. i will look into it.

  2. patti grant says:

    I received this for Christmas and love it

  3. Can you use this is a HE washer?

  4. Definitely a way to cut down on costs. Thanks!

  5. I have seen so many homemade laundry detergent recipes. I think I may have to try this, thanks for sharing!!

  6. I’ve thouhjt about making my own, but never have.

  7. I had no idea that you could make homemade detergent!

  8. Thanks, I am going to give it a try!

  9. Thanks! I’ll give this a try.

  10. I might just try this. Love Tide, but it can be expensive.

  11. This looks great for cutting down costs on laundry detergent!

  12. Where do you find the ingredients for the detergent?

  13. Now this is a great idea. We go through a ton of detergent.

  14. My hubby does have sensitive skin, so I really think I’m going to look into this.

  15. I’ve made laundry soap in the past and it really works great and helps save money. Great tutorial.

  16. my step-mom actually uses this recipe almost exactly and swears by it. I haven’t made the switch yet though

  17. Thanks for sharing!! I have really been into making homemade cleaners, etc. the past few weeks. I’ll have to give this one a try.

  18. I will definitely be making some of this, detergent has gotten so expensive!

  19. Very interesting. I wonder what the connection is with UTIs.

  20. I have to try this! I use the cloth wipe solution you shared with me and LOVEE :)

  21. I’ve been wanting to try this to save us some money, thanks for the ingredients!

  22. I used to make my own. I need to start back this year and save money.

  23. I must try this sometime!

  24. Can laundry look pretty? because your does…lol

  25. I know a few people that do this.. I should start doing it myself

  26. How is the scent of this?? Hate to say it but i like the tide smell…
    also cant tell from the article but is a lot cheaper than off the shelf detergent?

    • The scent is a clean, soapy smell but your laundry will not retain the scent after washing. It’s a lot cheaper than off the shelf detergent. Only a fraction of the price. Cost per load will depend on how much you pay for the ingredients and whether you use two or three tablespoons per load.

  27. I would love to look into this further since all of us have sensitive skin. Thanks for sharing!

  28. I’ve been making my own laundry detergent and it is very budget friendly. I did run into an issue with moisture effecting my soap. I need to try that Fels Naptha in place of the Ivory I used next time so hopefully it won’t get all gunked up in the dispenser.

  29. Wow, .05 a load! I need to do this… I hate harsh detergents, and talk about the money savings over a years time.

  30. Everyone I know who makes their own is so happy with it. I REALLY need to do it!

  31. I tried making the liquid homemade detergent and it didn’t turn out. I’d definitely give this a try.

  32. I’ve been so curious about this! Thanks for sharing :)

  33. Margaret Grant says:

    I’m going to try this

  34. I need to try this, I would love to go more homemade on stuff like this.

  35. Thanks for this! I have super sensitive skin so I’ve been afraid of the DIY route because I thought it’d be harsh but this formula looks like something my skin could handle!

  36. I’m definitely going to have to try this as we go through at least 20 loads per week.

  37. I have always wanted to try making my own laundry soap, especially since we go through so much up it. It sounds pretty easy too, which is awesome!

  38. I also put a box of OxiClean and the Purex Crystals!

  39. i made this detergent and have used it for a few loads and it seems to be good. however, i used it to wash the quilted cover that i use on the loveseat where my dog lays and although i feel the cover is clean, it still smells like dog :( next time i will try to add some vinegar or a dash of oxyclean. what else could i add to help eliminate stronger smells?

  40. Thanks for the great idea. I’m going to try it but was wondering how big is the “large” box of baking soda? Like the large box you would find on the baking aisle (1 lb.) or the large box I found with the other laundry supplies (4 lbs.)?

  41. Is this soap safe for a septic system does any out there know?

  42. I’ve been making the liquid version of this, think I’ll try the dry… Then I won’t have to use stove top.

  43. Also curious about the size of the Borax and Washing Soda. My boxes are 3 Kg.

  44. I actually made some of this a few weeks ago and love it! Thanks again for sharing!

  45. nicole marie says:

    I know this posting has been around a while, but if you are still responding….What des it smell like? I love the fresh smell of clean laundry, yet love a good make your own recipe! Thanks!

  46. Re: your recipe for detergent…when you say a large box of baking soda, do you mean the same size as the borax and washing soda?

  47. I’ve been using homemade laundry soap for a year. My husband works putting in water and sewer lines so gets very! dirty. He doesn’t like the homemade detergent because it doesn’t get his clothes really clean like store brands do. Any suggestions?

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