Make Your Own Laundry Detergent!

I am very sensitive to many ingredients in “traditional” laundry detergent and so is my daughter.  I can go somewhere and if they use a detergent that I am sensitive to, usually by early in the day I have a rash where the sheets rubbed against my skin during the night.  The same thing will happen with towels and clothes washed in detergents that I am sensitive to. I have to say that the underwear is the worst!!!  Did that once and never again – I will hand wash them or use other measures.

Here is a great chart of the chemicals in laundry detergent and dryer sheets.  If you want to get away from dryer sheets try these.

Laundry Detergent

Laundry detergent in jars


Laundry detergent ingredients
1 box Borax
1 box Baking Soda (large)
1 Box Washing Soda
1 Bar Naptha


1. In a large metal or glass bowl, pour the borax, baking soda and washing soda. You may want to wear a mask or a bandanna over your mouth and nose.

2. Grate the Fels Naptha.

Laundry detergent grating

3. Add the grated Fels Naptha to the bowl.  With your hands or a very large spoon mix all the ingredients.

Laundry detergent in bowl

4. With a funnel fill your jars with your laundry detergent. I used a half gallon mason jar and several glass milk jars.

The whole process takes less than 15 minutes and you have laundry detergent for a couple of months!

For each load use 1/4 – 1/2 cup.  For white you can add lemon juice in the bleach holder and to really get all the detergent out of to really freshen you clothes add some vinegar to the rinse cycle. This works well in both cold and warm water and your clothes, body and the environment will thank you.

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2 Responses to Make Your Own Laundry Detergent!

  1. Jo says:

    I am on my second batch of this detergent. It lasts a long time and is very inexpensive compared to buying store detergent. Grating the soap takes a bit of muscle but it is worth it. I have to mix all these ingredients in a wash bucket….makes a ton of detergent.

  2. Candace says:

    I’ve been using this for months and LOVE it. It is not just economical and chemical free, but it gets clothes cleaner/whiter than store-bought. You did a great job on this blog. I use Hydrogen Peroxide in my bleach receptable and vinegar in the rinse. : )

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