Make-Your-Own Laundry Detergent

After walking around outside my friend’s yard in Seattle, Washington helping her plan her landscape, we came indoors to warm up with mugs of Hot Chocolate and pieces of toast. While sitting around the table, an accidental spill occurred and the Hot Chocolate was spilled on my khaki-colored jeans. Nice, right? I REALLY didn’t think the stains would come out, but my friend proceeded to pull-out her special “home-brew” laundry detergent to remove the stains. And WOW! I was amazed at how well the stains came out.

Here is her special recipe for laundry soap:


1/3 bar of Fels Naptha Soap

½  c Borax Powder

½ c Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (NOT Baking Soda)


Grate Fels Napth and put into a saucepan.

Add 6 cups water and heat until soap melts.

Add washing soda and borax, stirring until all dissolved.

Remove from stove top and pour into large 5 gallon bucket (be sure it has a lid).

Pour 4 cups hot tap water into bucket.

Add soap mixture and stir.

Add an additional 22 cups water and stir.

Let soap cool and set up between 12-24 hours.


Use ½ cup per load.


Cost: $0.03 per load


Borax- cleans deodorizes, disinfects and softens water.

Washing Soda- cuts grease, neutralizes odors.

Fels Naptha- stain remover.


6 thoughts on “Make-Your-Own Laundry Detergent

    • The interesting thing about this detergent is: there is no fragrance. This detergent is ideal for people who have skin or fragrance allergies. If someone wants to add a fragrance to this detergent, simply add a few drops of an essential oils (like lavender, balsam fir or citrus blend) from an aromatherapy company. Have fun!! And PS- it works GREAT!!

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