First off, it lasts forever. Second, it is sooooo much cheaper than that expensive laundry detergent at the store. I cannot believe how much laundry detergent costs and how quickly we go through it at our house. So this was the perfect solution for me! I hope you can benefit from it too. I found all the items I needed for the detergent at Walmart. Look on the top shelf and you’ll find the Fels Naptha.
Homemade Powder Laundry Detergent (best for top loader washing machine):
- 12 cups Borax
- 8 cups baking soda (find the big box in the laundry aisle)
- 8 cups washing soda
- 4 bars of Ivory bar soap, grated
- 2 bars of Fels-Naptha laundry bar soap, grated
- Optional: add about 20 drops of essential oil made specifically for soap to make the detergent smell good
Mix all ingredients well in a large bucket or container. Store in a sealed tub. Use only 2 Tbsp of powder per full load!
Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent (best for front loader washing machine):
- 4 cups hot tap water
- 1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
- 1 c washing soda
- 1/2 c Borax
- Optional: essential oil
Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted.
Fill a five-gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. Stir well until all powder is dissolved. Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Sir, cover, and let sit overnight to thicken.
Stir and fill a used, clean laundry soap dispenser (or a gallon milk carton) half full with soap and then fill the rest of the way with water. Shake before each use. (It will gel)
Optional: add 10-15 drops of essential oil per each 2 gallons.
For a front load machine add 1/4 cup per load, for a top loader at 1/2 cup.