Easiest DIY Laundry Detergent Recipe EVER

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This has got to be THE easiest laundry detergent recipe you will EVER come across. :) It's almost too simple to blog about, but I know some people have never created their own detergent before so here it is!

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Easiest DIY Laundry Detergent Recipe EVER

You will need:

2 cups super washing soda
2 cups borax
2 bars of regular (like Ivory) soap, or 1 bar Fels-Naptha

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Grate soap (with the very fine section of the cheese grater), add in 2 cups borax and 2 cups washing soda, and stir well for at least 5 minutes. And you're done!


Use 1-2 tablespoons of detergent for one load of laundry. This detergent IS safe for the HE washers, because it's LOW SUDS.

You will find the super washing soda and borax in the laundry detergent aisle. Instead of paying upwards of $.25 a load, you will be paying as little as $.05 a load.

Add dried lavender if you'd like, but I love the smell of the Fels-Naptha bar and this detergent gets our clothes so clean!

*originally posted 8/27/12*

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  1. I make our own liquid detergent. I want to make dry because the borax turns it to a gloppy glop in the bottle, lol. We only wash with cold water, will the soap still dissolve in cold water? If it does, I am sooooo doing this tomorrow! Thanks!

    1. Yep we used to do the liquid kind and it worked well but it was slimy and gross LOL. We don’t wash in cold water so I haven’t tried it that way. I will try it tomorrow!

      1. Thanks! possibly if it is grated with the ultra fine grater it won’t have a problem, since it will have some friction with the clothes. I think it will do better than the liquid. I cannot wait! Thanks! Our wash water isn’t sooo cold. (Our washer is hooked up to the water hose outside! Everything is outside lol. Saves a ton of money, straight to the clothesline. And,,, washing clothes for ten people could be an added septic problem for us if it was inside. We love it. Probably too much info for this post, but I am proud!)

    2. I only wash in cold as well. I have been making my own powdered detergent for over a year and I have never had a problem with it not dissolving. I have used Fels soap, Zote soap and others… never had an issue.

      I do have a top loader though. So I put the clothes in, sprinkle the detergent on top and fill with water. All my clothes come out clean with no residue.

      **I also add vinegar to a Downy Ball in place of softener. It keeps the static away and helps with stains and whitening.

  2. The recipe we make is simular to this but then its not. Maybe i
    I’ll post it sometime but we use 1-2 Tbl for a he front loader and it works just as good for cold water which is what I wash all my clothes on.

  3. Awesome post! I will be trying this asap. :)
    Robyn- I would love to know yours as well.

    Also, does anyone know if it will work for sensitive skin? Thx!

    1. My youngest has sensitive skin which is actually why we had to switch to homemade a few years ago. :)

  4. I make the same- only I always use only one bar of soap. I use 1 tbs per large load (extra capacity top loader) and sometimes 2 for very soiled items (oil, diesel- etc)
    Love it! I also love having the ability to customize scents!

    1. What do you use to customize yours with scents? I have used dried lavender before but wasn’t sure what else to use since it was dry.

    1. If you look next to the borax it should be there. It’s called “super washing soda”. Maybe arm & hammer? I will look and see if I can find the box! :D

  5. I am going to the store tonight to get the stuff i already use borax in every load along with my liquid store bought stuff so I am just going to make my own yay thanks can you use any soap such as tone cause it smells so good

  6. I’ve never tried this before, but I think I will now since we’re trying to cut costs. How does the dried lavender work? Does it just wash away with the rinse water since it won’t dissolve? Do you leave it as buds or do you crumble it into smaller bits somehow? Do you think lemon zest would stain clothes? I know, so many questions, lol..I’m just super excited!! (yeah, I’m a stay at home mom, things like this are the highlight of my day, lol)

    1. Yep it crumbles up nicely and there’s nothing left over in the wash! I don’t think lemon zest would stain but I’d test it out first before making an entire batch! :)

  7. You can also use Dr. Bronners bar catile soaps that have different fragrances and is way more natural than the Ivory or Fels…

    1. With the liquid detergent I added essential oils, with this stuff I think it smells great without them. :D

  8. Thanks for this recipe! I’m definitely going to try making this. Also, another good tip for making and storing the recipe is to get those large, covered buckets from the home stores and make up a couple of batches and store them in the basement or garage. My friends who make their own detergent recipes say that they can last up to a year easily.

  9. I process mine through my food processor to make sure it’s really powdery. :) Works a charm.

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