DIY Laundry Detergent

Once again, pinterest has brought an amazing DIY to my attention: homemade laundry soap! My currently laundry soap works just fine, but with a dog that is spiteful and pees all over her bedding every time I’m two seconds late to take her outside, laundry gets expensive in a hurry.

To examine the savings, let me break down the cost-effectiveness of homemade vs. store bought:

  • Method Laundry Detergent, 50 loads, $15.49=$0.31/load
  • Vaska Herbatergent, 32 loads, $9.99=$0.31/load
  • Homemade Pink Detergent, 64 loads, $6.13=$0.10/load
Keep in mind that I was lazy, and I ordered 2 out of 3 ingredients on Amazon. From what others have said, they are much cheaper if you can find them in the stores. Most other people that have made this estimate closer to half of the cost of what I did. Still, chopping laundry costs in thirds? Done and done.
These are the only ingredients you need. Seriously.
We used a food processor, so we cut the soap into smaller pieces. Feel free to use a food processor (with grating disc attached) or just grate the soap by hand.
If you’re using the food processor, feed the pieces of soap into the tube. Thank you, husband, for so wonderfully demonstrating this.
If you’re lacking a food processor, you can stop here and just mix all of the ingredients together. I wanted my shreds of soap to be a little finer.
Add a cup of borax and a cup of washing soda to the food processor.
Pulse the ingredients together a few times to break up the soap shreds help combine the ingredients. Store in a glass or plastic container.

DIY Laundry Detergent
adapted from Yellow Brick Home

  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Detergent
  • 1 7 0z. bar Zote, Fels-Naptha, or other mild soap (other have used Dove, Ivory, or castile soaps)
Using a food processor or grater, grate the bar of soap into shreds. Combine with other ingredients and mix with a spoon, or pulse in a food processor, until roughly uniform. Store in a plastic or glass container and use 1-2 tablespoons per load of laundry.
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10 thoughts on “DIY Laundry Detergent

  1. like, like, like! LOVE that you used the food processor. I have one but haven’t touched it yet. Time to try it out! TY for the reminder! :) I wanted to try it with the Dr. Bronner’s peppermint or lavender soaps.

    Do you use vinegar for the softener too?

    • My food processor has been used for exactly two things now: salsa and laundry detergent! I love Dr. Bronner’s soaps, and I’ve heard that the almond one smells great.
      I haven’t tried making my own softener, though it is definitely tempting. Do you know of a good recipe?

  2. Just got done grating a bar of Dr. Bronner’s lavender soap…I really need a food processor! I plan on trying this out tonight on a load of towels.

    Fabric Softener recipe I’m trying:
    1 gallon of vinegar + 20 drops of fragrance
    Use 1/2 cup during the rinse cycle

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