Homemade Laundry Detergent

I've been seeing homemade soaps all over pinterest. Since laundry detergent is one of the most expensive items I buy, I decided to give it a try. This recipe is super simple, and it cost me about $40 total for all the supplies. Yes $40 for a year! That's with an average of 20 loads of laundry per month. SO much cheaper than anything I've ever bought at a store! One batch lasts me about 3-4 months. You can make it all at once, or do it in batches.

Make your own- This is for one batch, if you want to make it all at once triple your recipe. Just make sure you have a container big enough to hold it all!
-2 Cups washing soda (not baking soda, they are not the same!)
-2 Cups borax
-2 bars of soap, I use Dr. Bronner's since it is vegan (no animal products) and it smells amazing (check out all the scents on amazon DR. BRONNER'S SOAP). I bought mine in a 6 pack.
 Grate your soap. Add your borax, and washing soda. Mix, and you've got detergent. I use 2 TBSP for large loads of laundry and 1 TBSP for smaller loads. The lavender makes my clothes smell good with out being too strong or overpowering. 


  1. So this was much easier than the liquid. Used up some bars of Castille soap I didn't like too! My mom is trying it out at the moment. By the way, did you hand grate the soap? I was afraid I was going to grate my hand along with the soap.

    1. Ha ha yes I grated it by hand! It wasn't too bad. I've been using it for almost a year and I love it. So much cheaper than buying detergent