Making Your Own Laundry Detergent

Laundry detergent can get pricey, especially if you have a specific brand or scent that you prefer to use. Just a reminder, this is not a sponsored post. I’m almost certain WinterWitch has posted about making her own laundry detergent, she’s the one that got me started, however I can’t find her original post anywhere.

Tipnut's Homemade Laundry Detergent

Recently my attention has been drawn to Pinterest, very fun and a tad addictive. I’m lovin’ it! I haven’t been very active anywhere online since my daughter has been sick but things will gradually be picking back up again now that’s she’s feeling better.

Anyway, back to the task at hand, making your own laundry detergent. I had lost the printed recipe for making your own laundry detergent until I was bumbling around on Pinterest and once again found it, with 9 other recipes plus the recipe to make your own fabric softener. Nifty and thrifty.

I very seldom post about other sites that I have found, however I have fallen head over heels in love with Tipnut. The site is absolutely loaded with useful info., tips and soooo much more.

If you have any interest in DIY projects or crafts this is something you should try out. Below is the laundry detergent recipe that I used, but before you dive in take a look at the list of 10 recipes over on Tipnut.

I have made the laundry detergent in the past so I knew what to expect. I also found a fabric softener recipe but am having problems locating it tonight on the Tipnut site, I might have wandered elsewhere for that one, when I find it I’ll be sure to share the link and details with you all.


 Homemade Laundry Detergent

  • 1/2 Cup: Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda {not Baking Soda}
  • 1/2 Cup: Borax {print a coupon here}
  • 1/3 Bar of Fels-Naptha Soap {you could also use Ivory soap, but if using Ivory… use the whole bar}
  • Bucket {2 gallon size or larger}
  • Empty laundry detergent containers or bucket with lid to store detergent

Grate 1/3 bar of Fels-Naptha Soap over large pot or saucepan…
Add 6 cups of Water.
Heat over medium-high until soap dissolves and melts.
Add Washing Soda & Borax, and stir until dissolved.
Remove from heat and set aside.
Pour 4 cups Hot Water into bucket, then add Soap Mixture.
Stir, then add 1 Gallon + 6 Cups of additional water.  Stir.
Transfer to a bucket with a lid, or pour into empty laundry detergent containers.
Set aside, and let it sit overnight, or up to 24 hours, to thicken and gel up.
Consistency and color will vary depending on your soap & water ~ it may be lumpy and watery… kind of like a watery gel, but it works great!
Stir or shake before each use, as it will continue to gel.


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