Delightfully Inspiring Thursday: Homemade Laundry Detergent

I’ve been tackling my laundry room as my next big organization project, but I’m not quite finished.  So…I though I’d share with you a mini project within my bigger project 😉  I’ve been seeing several homemade cleaners all over Pinterest and decided I wanted to try out the detergent since I’m on a laundry room kick.  I feel like we go through laundry detergent so quickly around here, so I’m really excited about this opportunity to save some money!  I followed THIS tutorial that makes enough detergent for approximately 9 months.


  • One 4 lb box of Borax — $3.38
  • One 4 lb box of Baking Soda — $2.12
  • One 4 lb box of Super Washing Soda — $3.24
  • 3 bars Fels-Naptha soap — $.97 each
  • 2 containers Oxi Clean (approx 3.5 lb total) $3.86 each
  • TOTAL COST = $19.37
*I was able to find all of these ingredients in the detergent aisle at Super Wal-Mart.*
Use your cheese grater or food processor to grate the 3 bars of Fels-Naptha.  I shredded one bar, added it to the bucket, added about 1/3 of each of the other ingredients, and then repeated the process.  This way I was sort of mixing as I went.
I lined a large bucket with a trash bag.  Once all of the ingredients were added, I held the top of the bag closed, removed it from the bucket, and used my hand (on the outside of the bag) to mix the ingredients around.
Finally, I added my detergent to this glass jar that I got at Target for about $15.  I used my Cameo to cut the vinyl lettering to label the jar.  I use my Oxi-Clean scoop to take out the detergent.  You only need to use one scoop per load of laundry.

I’ve done 2 loads of laundry so far and I’m happy with the way it’s working.  I’ll let you know if I have any problems!


7 Comments on “Delightfully Inspiring Thursday: Homemade Laundry Detergent”

  1. chatel says:

    I’m wondering what you used to store the detergent that didn’t fit into the glass jar?

    • amymacagi says:

      Hi Chatel: All of the detergent fit in the glass container with plenty of room to spare, so I didn’t have to worry about storing anything.

  2. […] The next thing I did was make my first batch of homemade laundry detergent which I posted about HERE. […]

  3. Kristin says:

    Hey Amy!! I make this but the liquid version of it. How has the dry worked out? Its all the same ingredients that I use.
    Thanks for sharing and let me know if you are happy with it!
    Kristin Di Perri

    • amymacagi says:

      So far I’ve been really happy with it! A friend of mine made a dry detergent that didn’t have Oxi-Clean and said she felt her whites were getting a little dingy (spell?) after awhile. So far I haven’t noticed that at all. I think maybe the Oxi-Clean makes the difference?? Also, I put the detergent in, let the water run a little bit, and then add my clothes.

  4. Caney says:

    This is my weekend project, How do you like this?
    Do you think I can buy vinyl letters @ Hobbly Lobby?

    • amymacagi says:

      So far I’ve been really happy with it! I’ve heard people say that after using it for awhile, their whites started to not look as crisp, but the recipe I used added Oxi Clean and it seems to make the difference.
      Yes, I’m pretty sure you can buy vinyl lettering at Hobby Lobby. If you have trouble, let me know. I can hook you up 🙂

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