Homemade Laundry Detergent


Life is full of mysteries. Why is the sky blue? What do they put in hot dogs? How the heck does a family of three produce so much dirty laundry?!

I just don’t understand it. I always thought that once we got past the days of cloth diapers and spit-up, the laundry would be much more manageable. But the basket piled high and shoved in the back of my closet that’s been awaiting folding for a week says otherwise.

Don’t judge …

So much laundry means that we blow through some detergent around these parts. Not only is that a hefty chunk of change, that is chemicals on our clothing all day long. Unless you like to run around in your birthday suit … whatever floats your boat, man. But since I have to leave my house and see people, it’s clothes for this ol’ gal.

Dustin and I don’t have sensitive skin or any skin irritations, but once little man came along I wanted my home and family to be as natural as possible.


I tried a few different recipes for natural laundry detergent before I landed on this one. We’ve been using it for almost three years and still love it.

1 box borax
1 box washing soda
1 box baking soda
3 bars Fels Naptha soap-grated

Combine all ingredients and mix well, then store in an an air tight container.


Could that be any more simple? We have used this in both front- and top-loading washers and our high efficiency with no issues. Plus, I only use one small (2 tablespoon) scoop per load!

Our clothes are clean and fresh, and our wallet is happy! Plus, one batch lasts us about four months, and I wash at least a load a day. Now, I don’t always fold that load … until nobody can find their undies and I’m forced to be a grown up again.

Have you ever made your own laundry detergent? Share your tips and recipes in the comments section below!



How cute is this detergent container?! It would be the perfect way to store your goods and add a little style to your laundry room. It also includes the scoop and 4 mesh bags: 2 for delicates and 2 for other laundry. PLUS it’s on sale! Originally $49.99 but you only pay $29. Jump on this deal while it lasts y’all!

Published on Jul 22, 2016

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