DIY Homemade Laundry Detergent

DIY Homemade Laundry Detergent on

Do you get tired of spending a fortune buying laundry detergent and never really knowing what’s in it?  Homemade laundry detergent will change your world!  It smells amazing, costs pennies a load, and it’s super easy to make…I love it!

DIY Homemade Laundry Detergent

It even looks pretty in a nice glass jar!  Washing clothes never looked so good!

Now you know you want to make some for yourself, right?  Since you are all such nice blog friends, I’ll show you how I did it!

homemade laundry detergent

The simple supplies:

  • 1 bar of Fels Naptha
  • 1 cup of Borax
  • 1 cup washing soda

Tip: All the supplies were purchased from a grocery store. You might need to check a couple of your local stores before you find the Fels Naptha. It’s only about a dollar per bar…wow!

– Shred one bar of Fels Naptha…doesn’t it look beautiful?  You will notice your whole house starting to smell fabulous while you are shredding it!

– Add one cup of Borax.

– Add one cup of washing soda.

– Mix it up!

Laundry detergent mix

That’s it!  Now just add it to a beautiful jar and you’re ready to wash all your clothes with this great smelling homemade laundry detergent!

Add a couple tablespoons to each load for fresh smelling clothes.  You can adjust the amount according to your needs.

I did a video on it…Homemade Laundry Soap on Handmade and Craft.  You can also see parts of my new craft area in the video.  I had to have a spot for all those crafty books I’ve been collecting…lol!

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe on

Enjoy your beautiful homemade laundry detergent! 

Happy Washing!


Oh, and since some of this stuff can be hard to find, here are some quick and easy amazon links. I have Amazon Prime so which takes care of all the shipping cost making it so effortless to get the right ingredients.

Square Jar with Blue Lid
4-Sided Grater

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  1. Lori B says

    I’ved used the same recipe for years, but can’t find Fels Naptha here in Ontario. I substitute plain ol’ Ivory and it works beautifully!

    • says

      Lori – That’s great to know! Thanks for the tip! Ivory can be used for so many things. The Fels Naptha was the hardest part to find. You can order it from Amazon, but I think you have to order more bars at once.


  2. patti says

    Hi Kim, I love the idea of making this, I even have all of the ingredients (bought at Walmart!) but I would like to know if anyone has used it in an HE machine?

  3. Kay Kay says

    I have used this recipe for quite some time, but I use Ivory Soap instead. I was having an issue of the soap clumping on my clothes though. I started using a smaller grader and after I combine all of the ingredients I stir them for about 2 minutes. The dryness of the borax and the washing soda breaks down the soap to almost a powder. Result: no clumping! I also add essential oils to mine to make it smell ever yummier!!

  4. says

    I went out on the weekend to gather all the ingredients but something doesn’t make sense to me …….

    It is written on the side of the box of Borax that 1/2 cup should be added to a regular load of laundry, to boost the cleaning power of the regular laundry soap.

    So …… if the recipe calls for 1 cup of Borax but you are only using 2 tablespoons of the mixture per load, the cleaning/boosting ability of the Borax must be negligible.

    How could this DIY possibly clean effectively? Something doesn’t add up. Call me confused.

    • says

      Hi Elizabeth,

      I’m not an expert by any means, but this is a pretty common laundry soap recipe. I’ve heard how well it works for lots and lots of people so I just went with that and I’m glad I did. I LOVE the fresh smell! I hope you’ll give it a try.


    • Jyn says

      …also may I add something? You will find with most purchasable items, that they ‘prefer’ you to use their product lines and larger amounts at times to boost their sales even though there are perfectly suitable substitutes. A report that came out recently showed that people use WAAAAAAAY too much detergent in their wash cycles (do a search on cloth diaper washing) and it can actually break down your cloth and/or build up on it causing it to absorb odors. Typically fabric softeners are the culprit of the build up, but detergent makers know this and actually take advantage of it. So hey- if it isn’t broken and it *works* dont worry! Your clothes will be getting clean, and if you worry that you dont have enough Borax or that it isnt doing the job… add more! :)

      • Pati says

        Yep..people use way to much soap and fabric softeners. I can smell them 1/4 mile away and it makes me sneeze. Why isn’t the smell of clean enough for some folks? To me it is odor pollution. It is really the water and agitation that does most of the work any how.
        I use a tiny bit in my HE machine. The clothes still get clean.

    • Beth says

      I had to prove this amount to a friend of mine. We opened up one of her all chemical NAME BRAND laundry packs and measured the amount into a Tbsp, it measured 2Tbsp. 2 Tbsp WORKS~

  5. Sharon says

    Has anyone tried this recipe to wash cloth diapers? I assume it’d be okay as there are so few ingredients…. but just in case! Thanks :)

    • Beth says

      The Super Washing Soda, and Borax are laundry boosters. The Fels Naptha is a true laundry stain fighting soap, made since 1894 that’s 119 yrs~

      My Great grandmother was born in 1910, and all her life she used Fels. We were told when Tide came out in 1946, she wouldn’t touch that stuff.

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