I’ve been making my own laundry detergent for two+ years now, and I’ve tried five different recipes, before landing on the one I’ve used for the last year.
Because I get asked frequently, Does it really work, I figured I would answer it here. YES! It really works, it smells fabulous (You’ll see why in the ingredients), and it only takes 10 minutes to put together. I don’t suggest washing your delicates; I feel you should stick with Woolite or the drycleaners for those, but for your everyday clothes…this is just as good as the store bought stuff, without the price.A little bit of my experiences…
At first, I tried using the liquid kind, since I had always bought liquid detergent at the store. However, the mess of it all, along with the goop it created once it hardened…I knew I had to try something else. Then I tried another liquid recipe, but it was still a hassle to make and keep multiple jugs handy, etc.Thus, began my hunt for the perfect dry laundry detergent. Although all the recipes I found for it cleaned my clothes well, it always lacked that good smell. Know what I mean? Sure I added lavender extract, among others, but it wasn’t the same. I also wanted a little extra cleaning boost…so, after many recipes and many trial and errors, I think I have finally perfected our laundry detergent, enough so, that I haven’t changed it since I created it one year ago.
Liz’s DIY Laundry Detergent
Makes roughly 8-10 cups
Here it is:
2 ivory soap bars (unscented, original)
2 cups of Borax
2 cups of Super Washing Soda
1 cup of regular baking soda
1 cup of Oxi Clean
1/2 – 1 cup of Downy Unstoppable Beads (optional) You can also use 3+ tablespoons of lavender extract.
Grate the Ivory soap using a cheese grater. Then mix all the ingredients together and store in an air tight container. I use a glass jar that I purchased from Walmart for $5. And because it is humid here in the southeast, I made a rice sachet to place inside the jar to keep the detergent from clumping.
Put about 1 Tablespoon per/load or adjust to size/dirtiness of load. I usually sprinkle in 2 tablespoons though.
To make the rice sachet, use some fabric, sock, or cheesecloth, and fill it with a little rice, then tie the loose ends together.
Annnnd, because I just can’t help it, here a few lovable outtakes…