I wanted to wait a few weeks before posting this to try it out.  Scoutie Girl posted this Eco-Friendly Laundry & Dish Detergent post and I oohed & ahhed over the simplicity & eco benefits.  I was pretty skeptical that a DIY detergent would be up to par with what I buy at the store.  Oh, how wrong was I?!

DIY Laundry Detergent

I absolutely love this stuff!  I’ll cut right to the chase, the high points…

1.  I love that it is unscented.  I don’t know what it is about smelling all those detergents in the store that say they smell like a rain-forest or whatever, I don’t want to smell like that.  If I want to smell I’ll put on perfume or some essential oils.

2.  Since we’ve moved into the farm I have become a little more conscious about what we put into our water.  We are surrounded by farm land & we drink well water (filtered).  When you really think about it, you become a bit more aware of what you are doing to your environment.

3.  Grating soap is just darn fun!  No… really!  It only takes a few minutes to throw this detergent together.  The soap is the best part, it curls into little cute curly q’s.  Yes, I am that easily amused!

4.  The ingredients are CHEAP!  I mean that in the nicest way!!!  Who doesn’t love to save money?  Cause then we can spend it on other pretty things ;)

1 bar of plain soap (no scented, dyed or antibacterial soap!)

1 cup borax

1 cup washing soda

I use about 2 TBS per load in my HE washer, you may want to adjust your amount.

DIY Laundry Detergent

I hope you try it out & have the same luck I’ve had!  Every person is different, maybe you’ll find the perfect scent to add to your soap that makes it completely heavenly for you!  Have fun!!!

Do you have any neat household DIY ideas?  Share with us in the comments below!!!

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9 Responses to DIY Laundry Detergent

  1. kari says:

    and if you’re really lazy like me you’ll find that your food processor can grate that soap REALLY quickly. ;)

    For folks who prefer liquid laundry soap they can try this one:

    1 quart boiling water
    2 cups grated bar soap
    2 cups Borax
    2 cups washing soda

    Add finely grated bar soap to the boiling water and stir until soap is melted.
    Pour the soap water into a large, clean pail and add the borax and washing soda. Stir well until all is dissolved.
    Add 2 gallons of water, stir until well mixed.
    Cover the pail and use 1/4 cup for each load of laundry. Stir the soap each time you use it as it will gell up.

    but again, since I’m a lazy homemaker I generally use the dry version. :)

    • Sally says:

      LOVE IT! I might try that one! I’m pretty lazy myself so it might take a good long while before I get to it. Thanks <3

      Yeah, I'd rather clean my grater than my processor ;) The kids like to help too... it keeps them busy for a few minutes at least & clean up isn't bad! hehehe...

  2. I am so glad you liked my how-to on Scoutie Girl! I have been using this detergent for a while now and love it – did you also try the dishwasher soap? That is my favorite – it cleans the dishes better than any store bought stuff :).

    Thanks for linking up to my how-to and I am happy it worked out well for you!

    • Sally says:

      I did! And yes it works SO much better than the store bought dishwasher detergent! My dishwasher & I are having a bit of an “issue” presently…. so there is some underlying resentment there ;) I might do a follow up post when & if the old girl behaves.

      Your post was great! I’m so glad I tried it & thank you so much for posting it <3 I love your DIY's & always look forward to reading more!!!

  3. Angela says:

    Has anyone tried the laundry detergent with grandma’s lye soap?

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  5. Ciara says:

    I’m doing this for the first time and usually use liquid. Does powder have a different effect on the clothes? Also can I use this on my top loader?

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