homemade cleaning products......................laundry detergent

having a green household is important to me. i've managed to either completely eliminate some cleaning products (like bleach and fabric softener) or replace others with natural alternatives.  now my goal is to take it one step further and make all (or at least as many as i realistically can) of my own products.  i do use baking soda and vinegar, dr bronners and microfiber clothes for most of my cleaning - but there are 2 specific products i always buy that i am wanting to try and make....dishwasher tablets and laundry detergent. 

yesterday i made my first batch of laundry detergent and it was super easy.  this time around it cost me next to nothing b/c i already had the soap and washing soda.

1/2 cup borax
1/2 cup washing soda
1 bar soap (i used fels naptha. but you can use any pure soap like ivory)

    first grate the bar of soap

next add the borax and washing soda

finally mix well!

and that's it. i use just about 1/4 cup per load.  i'm thinking about adding some essential oils for some fragrance.  this was a powdered detergent and i want to try an make a liquid detergent too.  not sure why though - b/c this worked perfectly (i tried it with whites too!).  maybe i just want to try it simply to try? 

so my advice is give it a try.  it took me 10 minutes tops and works just fine!


  1. I just made my first batch of homemade liquid laundry detergent today. But I love your idea of dry laundry detergent, I'll try that one next time. Great minds think alike.

  2. Thanks, Lorena. I am going to try this. If you do try the essential oils, can you post about that? Thanks!