DIY Laundry Detergent

Save Money Making Your Own Laundry Soap!

With all the hoopla I have heard about making your own laundry detergent, I finally decided to give it a try!  There are several different versions out there.  Recipes for liquid varieties and recipes for powder.  In making this powder detergent, the only part I found to be a real hassle was griding up the bar soap.  I bought two different brands.  One was a solid bar of pink Zote brand, and the other was a gold color bar of Fels Naptha brand.

I cut up the bar soap into managable pieces, and tossed it into my kitchen blender .  For ease of mixing I added a couple scoops of the SunOxy and blended away.  Of the two different brands I tried, I thought the Fels Naptha brand was definitely easier to grind in my blender.  I have since discovered that Zote has a box of soap flakes (I saw this online at Walmart).  I wish I had known!

This recipe is supposed to be enough laundry soap for a family size of four for a whole year! So of course my eyes lit up when I read that!  I purchased all the ingredients listed for under $30.  I also found a very nice jar with lid at Walmart for just under $10.

**Update-This recipe lasted my family size of 4 for approximately 5 months. I have two teens in sports…and I admittedly quite possibly do more laundry then the average family size of 4. I am getting ready to make another batch soon, so I am definitely happy with this recipe.

Here is the recipe I used:photo (6)

1 Box Borax

1 Box Washing Soda

2 Cups Baking Soda

2 Containers Oxyclean (I used Sun brand)

2 Bars Pink Zote brand soap, finely grated

1 Bar Fels Naptha, finely grated

1 Container of Purex Fabric Softener Crystals


Cut soap into small cubes.  Add some of the pieces to your blender along with a couple scoops of Oxyclean to aid with blending.  Blend well.  Transfer to a large bin and repeat until all soap has been finely grated.

Add all remaining ingredients to your large bin.  If you do not have a large bin, you can also use a kitchen trash bag (doubled).  Blend all ingredients well, and transfer to a jar for storage.

Use 2 Tbsp of the detergent per normal sized laundry load.  I kept the scoop from the Sun Oxy, because it was almost the perfect size.

**Update- I read a tip about another way to deal with your bar soap if you are having trouble blending in your blender. Put your bar soap (one at a time) on a paper plate and microwave it for approximately 4 minutes (time will vary). It will look like a volcano in your microwave (this is good)! Once it cools completely (I want to stress it is VERY HOT when it comes out of your microwave…AND takes some time to cool). This alternative method of turning your soap into flakes works very well.

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