Easy DIY Recipe: 2 Years’ Worth of Laundry Detergent for Just $20

Making your own Laundry Detergent {Worth the cost?}

Easy DIY Recipe: 2 Years’ Worth of Laundry Detergent for Just $20

I finally decided to try and make my own homemade laundry detergent using ingredients you can buy at your local supermarket.

I was a little bit worried when I saw how many ingredients I needed to buy to make this, and wondered if this would really be cost effective or not.

But after making this, doing the math and using it I can tell I will always be making and using my own homemade from now on. It’s a great way to save money!

Here are the cast of ingredients to make your own homemade laundry detergent:

1 Box of Super Washing Soda 3 lb. 7 oz. ($3.24)
1 Box of Borax 4 lbs 12 oz. size ($3.38)
1 Box of Pure Baking Soda 4 lb. ($2.12)
3 bars of Fels-Naptha 5.5 oz. or you could also use Ivory soap ($0.97 x3)
1 container of Oxy-Clean 1.3 lb ($3.86)
*optional: Purex Crystals 28 oz. for scent (or you could use Downy unstoppables ) ($5-$6)

All these ingredients cost a total of $20.27 my pocket (Walmart prices).

And that was without using coupons. If some coupons become available you will spend even less. 

The first step is to grate your Fels-Naptha Bar. You can use a cheese grater to do this, but I used my food processor as it was a lot quicker. Using my food processor I first grated the bar cheese, and then used the regular blade to grate down fine.  You could use Ivory soap (just microwave it and it will foam where you can just crush it into a fine grade).

Next I grabbed one of my plastic tote bins and put a black garbage bag inside of it. Then I poured each one of the ingredients inside so.

Mix all these ingredients up well. Possibly throw in some free child labor.

Then add it all to your container of choice.

There is quite a lot of this homemade laundry detergent. In fact it is 18 lbs. worth!

That is 18 lbs of Laundry Detergent!

You only need to use 1-2 tablespoons per load, and yes you can use it in your High Efficiency washing machines (that’s what I have been using).

 Some people worry that just 1-2 tablespoons is not enough, but this stuff is concentrated and works really well!  I have been using it for months now.

 My daughter has really sensitive skin, and this has been wonderful for her since all the others out there have add-ins.

But is this cost effective?

So I did the math of course, to figure out how much per load this recipe makes. I am super excited about the results because it is as low as $0.04 per load which is a stock up price when it comes to laundry detergent and using coupons. But watch for coupons on these items to even make the cost lower.

By Comparison –

Ultra Tide powder 143 oz. box, 8.9 lbs. = $17.97 at Walmart ($0.12 per load)

This Homemade Laundry Detergent recipe makes 18 lbs (or 288 oz.) and costs $20.27.  1 lb of this is about 28 tablespoons.  18 lbs equals 504 loads @ 1 tbsp per load. Final price is just $0.04 per load!

So $0.04 per load homemade versus $0.12 per load (Tide).

So even the largest box of Tide detergent at Walmart which has 102 loads won’t last as long as this homemade stuff. And you can save so much money by making this yourself. Give it a try, you won’t be sorry…I promise!

  • 1 box Super Washing Soda 3.7 lb
  • 1 box Borax 4 lb 12 oz. size
  • 1 box Pure Baking Soda 4 lbs
  • 3 5.5 oz bars of Fels-Naptha
  • 1 container Oxy-Clean 1.3 lb
  • 1 28 oz *optional: Purex Crystals for scent or you could use Downy un-stoppables
  • Finely grate the Fels-Naptha. Mix all the ingredients together and store in container of your choice. Use only 1-2 Tablespoons of detergent per load.

Homemade Laundry Detergentcosts $20.27 to makecan last a whole yearor even longer (504 loads)

Updating this post: this recipe has lasted 10 months for my family of 6!! Plus I wanted to share this awesome comment posted from Nick (thanks for your service Nick!):

I think that is the best comment ever!


Source: https://happymoneysaver.com/making-your-own-laundry-detergent-worth-the-cost/

Easy DIY Laundry Soap

Easy DIY Recipe: 2 Years’ Worth of Laundry Detergent for Just $20

This powdered homemade DIY laundry soap recipe lasts for over and year and is only $20 to make. Not only is it budget-friendly, but it is also HE friendly as well.

Have you tried your hand at making laundry soap?  You should.  And I’ll tell you why.

One batch of this soap almost filled this 2-gallon jar.  This photo is after several months of use.

Can I use homemade laundry soap in a HE washer?

 I have a HE washer and it works great in there.  My mom uses the same recipe in her top loader and it works awesome in there too.

In case you’re wondering about long term effects I have used this recipe in my machine for 6 years now. No issues whatsoever.

How much DIY laundry soap should I use?

I use a coffee scoop to measure it out.  I use 1 tablespoon per load.  

Unless it’s a particularly big or dirty load.  Then I’ll use 2 tablespoons.  

At 1 tablespoon per load, I can do 320 loads with one batch of homemade soap.  Craziness!

Do you know what else it’s good for?  Getting out baby stains.  Or any stains really but baby stains can be particularly tough sometimes.  

You just get their little clothes wet, sprinkle some soap on the stain, rub it in, and let it sit.  

Then you just toss it in a future load of laundry and the stain is magically gone.

No matter which end of the baby it came .  Gotta keep those cute little clothes looking fresh and clean.

What is that jar of blue things?  Those are Downy Unstopables in Fresh scent.

Have you tried them?  They’re great.  I was a little skeptical at first, but I was with my mom when she was buying some to try and the cashier at Target said she loved them and the scent lasted forever.  

And after my mom confirmed that her laundry smelled great and the scent lasted I went out and bought some.  And it really does last.  

I put about a teaspoon in the compartment with my laundry soap and BAM! Fresh laundry smell for days.  

Plus the soap is so cheap I feel I can splurge and buy the laundry scents.

So how do you get your own giant batch of laundry soap?  Here’s what you need:

Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe

  • 1 box of Borax (4 lbs 12 oz) = 76 oz
  • 1 box of Washing Soda (3 lbs 7 oz) = 55 oz
  • 1 box of Baking Soda (4 lbs) = 64 oz
  • Oxyclean or Sun Oxygen Cleaner (1.5 lbs) = 24 oz
  • 2-3 Laundry soap bars – Whether that be 3 bars of Fels Naptha, 2 bars of Zote, a combination, or any other kind you can get at your local store.  I have seen it $1-2 a bar at Wal-Mart and Winco, so check around.  I use 3 Fels Naptha at 5.5 oz each. = 16.5 oz

How to make homemade laundry soap

Note: All of these ingredients can be found on your local laundry aisle with the exception of the baking soda which is on the baking aisle.  I bought a 3-pound bucket of Sun oxygen cleaner and just measured out 1.5 pounds.

  1. Grate up the bar soaps.  I have a fine cheese grater that I used, but I decided that I wanted them smaller still so I put them in my food processor.  Don’t worry. These bar soaps dissolve almost instantly so they won’t clog anything up.
  2. Put all the ingredients into a garbage bag and mix.
  3. Pour laundry soap into the jar.
  4. Do laundry. (Just kidding. Kind of. )

Is homemade laundry soap worth it?

Now let’s do the math.

All of my soap ingredients came to around $20.

Combined this recipe makes about 234.5 oz.

1 tablespoon = 0.5 oz

So that’s 234 loads at 2 tablespoons per load or 469 loads at 1 tablespoon.

That is $0.09 cents per load and $0.04 per load respectively.

Now when you compare that to the average price of name brand detergent being about $8 for 32 loads of laundry, that comes to $0.25 a load.  

So you are saving at least half by making it yourself.  And you can do laundry almost every day for a year for about $20.  You can’t beat that.

UPDATE (6/18/14):  I finally made a second batch of this.  The first batch lasted 22 months!!  Keep in mind that we don’t do laundry every day and I only use 1 tablespoon per load.  I find that our clothes are good and clean with this amount of soap.

UPDATE (7/26/19):  I still use this soap recipe. It works great and is so cheap compared to purchasing laundry detergent.

Be sure to share this with all of your friends. Maybe have a soap making party. How fun would that be?

  • 1 box of Borax (4 lbs 12 oz) = 76 oz
  • 1 box of Washing Soda (3 lbs 7 oz) = 55 oz
  • 1 box of Baking Soda (4 lbs) = 64 oz
  • Oxyclean or Sun Oxygen Cleaner (1.5 lbs) = 24 oz
  • 2-3 Laundry soap bars – Whether that be 3 bars of Fels Naptha, 2 bars of Zote, a combination, or any other kind you can get at your local store. I have seen it $1-2 a bar at Wal-Mart and Winco, so check around. I use 3 Fels Naptha at 5.5 oz each. = 16.5 oz
  1. Grate up the bar soaps.  I have a fine cheese grater that I used, but I decided that I wanted them smaller still so I put them in my food processor.  Don't worry. These bar soaps dissolve almost instantly so they won't clog anything up.
  2. Put all the ingredients into a garbage bag and mix.
  3. Pour laundry soap into the jar.
  4. Do laundry. Just kidding. Kind of.

Source: https://ambersimmons.com/diy-laundry-soap/

Homemade Laundry Soap!!

Easy DIY Recipe: 2 Years’ Worth of Laundry Detergent for Just $20

Sick of buying laundry soap?? Me too. This stuff is awesome because it is way stronger then the store bought laundry soap. You only have to use 1 Tablespoon per load. This recipe makes a huge cookie jar full of soap and is going to last a life time, well maybe not quit that long.

I originally made mine in July and I still have a ton and I do at least 8 loads of laundry ever week. So I am thinking it will last me almost a year. 1 year of laundry soap for less than $20, have I got you sold yet? I love not having to buy laundry soap all the time anymore. This laundry soap also works just fine in  HE washers. Update: **I just ran laundry soap and it is March.

So July to March that's 9 months of laundry soap for $20 bucks. I am pretty happy about that.**

Here is what you need:

1 4 lb 12 oz box Borax (2.15 kg or 76 oz) found in the detergent isle

1 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (1.81 kg) found in the cooking isle

1  box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz (3 lb 7 oz) found in the detergent isle

3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap, found in the detergent isle (if you use Zote bars use 2 bars instead, Zote can be found at Home Depot)

2 small containers of Oxy Clean or store brand Oxy Clean (try to get about 3.5 lbs total (1.58 kg)) found in the detergent isle.

(this is optional, I added it into mine because I have pretty messy kids and the cleaner the better)

You should be able to find all of these items at your grocery store.

**Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load. I know that does not seem enough but this recipe does not have fillers the store bought detergent so you only need 1-2 Tablespoons.** This detergent is fairly mild smelling, it is not over powering. If you love a strong scent you may have to add a fabric softener or laundry crystals to each load. You can find laundry crystals in the detergent isle. Start out by grating your Fels-Naptha soap just cheese. You can use a food processor or just use your hand held grater, what ever you have. Those of you with an HE washer may want to run the mix through the grater again to get an even finer mix.
**Don't worry the Fels-Naptha will dissolve in your washer even if you only use cold water me.**
Toss all ingredients in a 5 gallon bucket lined with a garbage bag. This part makes your whole house smell great. Once everything is mixed store soap however you . The recipe makes
about 2 gallons worth of detergent. Walmart has large glass jars in the kitchen department.

I used a jar that my sister gave me a few years ago from a little home good store. Then used my Cricut to cut out the word Laundry to put on the front of the jar. I keep it above my washing machine, I also got a little scoop that is about 1 tablespoon to keep inside. Wasn't that easy? Sure was! Enjoy your soap.

 **If you are going to copy my recipe and blog about it please add a link back to my blog. Give credit where credit is due. It would be very appreciated. Thanks:)**

**Update** I have had a lot of repeat questions so I though I would answer a few here. -This detergent is safe for HE washers. Just make sure to great your bar soap very fine.  The detergent should be added to the barrel instead of the dispenser.-This detergent is safe to use on sensitive skin.-It does not have a strong scent, you can add laundry crystals to the batch to add fragrance.-Some of my followers have used other bar soap instead of Zote or Fels-Naptha. I have personally not tried it but from the feed back I get it sounds any bar will work.-Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load. -Walmart has nice big glass jars in the kitchen department!-This is not safe for cloth diapers because it contains baking soda which affects how the diaper is able to soak up liquid. Or so I have been told. You may want to do your own research on this.-I am not sure if this detergent is safe for a septic tank or not. I have had plenty of comments from people who have septic tanks and they say that this detergent works just fine.

– I used my Cricut to cut out the vinyl letters for the jar. I used the Story Book font.

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Premium Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe

Easy DIY Recipe: 2 Years’ Worth of Laundry Detergent for Just $20

I seriously feel laundry is the bane of my existence! Who’s with me?!? Sometimes I wonder why in the world I don’t have it all figured out by now. I mean, I’m going on 20ish years of doing laundry.

I swear with each passing year, it gets harder and harder to keep on top of it!  And just when I think I have it, I have days today when I feel the pile keeps growing and growing. It’s pretty bad when your six year old says that he absolutely cannot take another shower because there are no towels left in his bathroom.

As I was doing laundry today, I realized that I was my favorite homemade laundry detergent. So, since I had to make a batch anyway, I thought it would be fun to share it with you!

I know there are about a gazillion recipes for laundry detergent on Pinterest. And I’m not going to lie, I was super skeptical for a long time! I am kind of a detergent snob and I only use stuff that actually cleans my clothes.

  When we were first married, we bought one of those huge yellow tubs of cheap detergent because we were poor and just starting out. I hated it. HATED! I ended up throwing the whole thing out and swearing it off for good.

There are just some things that are worth spending a higher price for, and in my opinion, laundry detergent is one of them.

It wasn’t until I went to a ladies activity at my church a couple of years ago that I started to change my opinion about homemade detergent. The activity was all about cleaning tips and one of the ladies shared her recipe for homemade laundry detergent.

She said she had tried all the recipes across the internet and this one worked the best. Plus, she said she had an HE washer and I always wondered how homemade detergent would affect my HE washer.

  In order for me to be sold, I decided that it not only had to cost less, but work just as well, if not better, than the more expensive detergent I was used to buying.

In order for me to jump ship to the homemade bandwagon, the detergent had to smell good (and leave my clothes smelling good), it had to get stains out, and I had to feel it was actually cleaning my clothes!

After her recommendation, I went ahead and gave her recipe a try. But I soon found that I needed to tweak things a little better. For starters, she said that she only used one tablespoon of detergent per load. I tried that at first, but that is seriously not enough for my family. I mean, I have kids – my boys especially – that are crazy hard on clothes. Here’s some evidence:

This is Max and Logan last August wearing brand new school clothes. They decided that since I didn’t plant a garden, they would build a mud volcano in it instead.

They were crazy muddy so I made them hose each other off, which, in hindsight I don’t think it taught them a very good lesson because they couldn’t keep themselves from laughing the whole time.

But seriously, brand. new. school. clothes. UGH!

As much as a tiny bit of laundry detergent might work for some people, that just wasn’t cutting it at our house.

The more I started looking closely at the recipe, I decided that the reason WHY that is the case is that most of the ingredients that go into the recipe are laundry boosters, and not actually soap at all.

As I was washing clothes one day, I was thinking about how each ingredient and realized that if  I were to use each of these boosters separately, I would use a full amount of detergent and add a full amount of each booster to the load as well.

So, how could only a tiny bit actually clean my clothes? The first thing that I tweaked in the recipe was the amount I was using. I’ll explain in a bit how I measure the amount I use. Just adding more alone made a HUGE difference in how well the detergent worked.

Okay…so on to the recipe. I’ll explain a few of the other tweaks as I go.

Homemade Laundry Detergent

  • 4 lbs Baking Soda (If you can’t find a big box in the detergent aisle, it’s totally fine to use four 1-lb boxes from the baking aisle)
  • 1  box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (I think it only comes in one size, so that should make it easier)
  • 1 box Borax (also, I’ve only ever seen one size)
  • 1 box of BIZ (more on that in a bit)
  • 4 bars of Zote Soap OR Fels-Naptha (or even a combination of both)
  • 2 small bottles or one large bottle of Purex Crystals

For all of the ingredients, it seriously costs me less that $20 and the detergent last forever. I do 6-7 loads of laundry per week and it still lasts me almost 6 months. It’s a fraction of what I used to spend on detergent and I really do think the quality is pretty great!

Let me talk about the BIZ for a second. You can totally use OxyClean if you are a big believer in that. But I will tell you that I have seen serious laundry miracles worked with BIZ that I haven’t seen with OxyClean.

(This isn’t sponsored or anything, just really what I love.) My mother-in-law introduced me 12 years ago right before Bria was born and I haven’t looked back since. And it’s almost half the price of OxyClean.

You can find it in the detergent aisle as well.

Alright…let’s get making this detergent! I have a huge bucket that I keep tucked away in my laundry room to hold all of the detergent. When I’m ready to make a batch, I just mix it all right in the bucket.

I always start with the powdered ingredients. I’ve also found that I get a more consistent detergent if I mix after each ingredient. And the easiest way to do that is to just dig right in!

You can wear gloves if you want. Or use a spoon. Or something to stir it with. But seriously, it’s not that big of a deal to mix it all by hand.

The thing I love about adding in the Purex Crystals is that I can really start to see how well everything is evenly mixed.

Here’s a quick tip. Be sure to save the little plastic lid that comes on that. THAT is how I measure the detergent. I roughly fill the cap up and then dump it in with my load.

The last thing I add is the Zote Soap. You don’t have to use Zote, you can use Fels-Naptha if you want. They are both the same price and I’ve used both with good results. You could even mix the two together! Zote is really soft and grates easily.

Fels-Naptha is really hard and grates more finely, so I think that there is benefit either way. I will tell you, though, if I use Zote, I put the detergent directly inside of my HE washer drum instead of putting it in the dispenser.

My washer has a little filter that the detergent runs through and I noticed that the Zote grates were getting caught. But honestly, I really believe that the detergent works better when I put in directly in the washer drum.

I’ve been doing it for over a year and I haven’t had any problems with my washer whatsoever!

Before you add the soap, you have to grate it. I just use my cheese grater.

If you are super lazy I sometimes get, you can buy pre-grated zote soap. It costs twice as much ($2 instead of $1), but it might be worth it to you. Each box you buy is equivalent to 1 bar of soap. But it really is pretty easy to grate.

I timed myself just to see and it only took 2 minutes per bar. Plus it’s good exercise for your arms. 😉 I generally mix in each bar of soap separately – it really is easier to mix when you don’t have a huge pile of grated soap sitting on top.

Some recipes around will tell you to use one or two bars of soap in a recipe this size. But this is the ingredient that actually cleans your clothes and I really does make a difference if you use more.

And it still really works out to stretch quite a ways if you think that you’re using 4 bars of soap to clean hundreds and hundreds of pieces of clothing over a 6 month period of time. If you think about how much more soap you would use if you actually hand washed each piece of clothing with a bar.

It certainly won’t last through hundreds and hundreds of clothes it does in this detergent recipe. In my opinion, it’s still a really great deal!

Once everything is all mixed, I put some of it in a pretty glass cookie jar and keep that on top of my washer. I put the bucket away in a cupboard and just refill my pretty jar as I need to.

And that’s it! I really hope you love this detergent recipe as much as I do! It really has been such a laundry game changer for me.  Feel free to ask any questions in the comments and I’ll answer them for you.

Source: https://loveandlaundry.com/premium-homemade-laundry-detergent-recipe.html

How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent for HE Washers

Easy DIY Recipe: 2 Years’ Worth of Laundry Detergent for Just $20

Learn how to make the Best Homemade Laundry Detergent. You will be shocked that you can make this for only $20 for an entire year of laundry! This is the best homemade detergent that will get even the dirtiest clothes clean!

If you aren’t one of those people that just LOVES to make everything themselves, then you might not be thinking this post is relevant for you. Let me just tempt you with this – I am going to tell you how to spend only $20 for a year’s worth of laundry detergent!

Are you interested now? Let’s talk about how to make Homemade laundry detergent.  Keep reading.

I thought this would be the perfect post in my House Cleaning Tips and Tricks series.

If you have ever looked into Homemade Laundry Detergent, you know there are literally HUNDREDS of “recipes” for making your own! I first started experimenting with my own laundry detergent about a year ago and after 4 different blends of ingredients, I have finally found something that I love!

Not only does it working amazing, but this Homemade Laundry Detergent recipe will save you hundreds of dollars each year.

You are going to be thrilled with how well this detergent works and how little it costs to make it.

Easy Ingredients for Homemade Laundry Detergent

Most basic laundry detergents have 3 core ingredients: Borax, Arm & Hammer Washing Soda and laundry bar soap ( Fels-Naptha or Zote).

I have incorporated a few more ingredients because we need something that is great at getting stains out AND leaves clothes smelling clean and fresh.

Easy Homemade Laundry Detergent borax:

Borax is one powerful cleaning agent. I mean… let’s get serious about it for a minute. It is very frugal friendly but has some really nice benefits.

Make sure you read my post on Easy Frugal tips for Cleaning with Borax. You need a box to make this homemade laundry soap but I would grab an extra box for other uses around the house.

Source: https://www.onecrazymom.com/homemade-laundry-detergent/

How to Save Money on Laundry – Make Laundry Detergent Easily!

Easy DIY Recipe: 2 Years’ Worth of Laundry Detergent for Just $20

On my quest to eliminate unnecessary waste and spending in my house, I looked to our laundry routine to see where I could trim some fat and cut some corners.

We go through a lot of laundry… I mean, a lot

I have 3 very active sons, a husband who wears 3 different outfits a day (yes, I mean it… he works a dirty job!), and I’m constantly covered in spit up or food handprints. So our little of 5 can easily go through one load of laundry each day.

(And did I mention we cloth diaper 2 sons? That’s another load of laundry every other day!)

I knew I needed to find a way to save money doing laundry for my family!

Once I came up with an amazing laundry routine that helps me stay on top of laundry, I had to come up with a way to save money and cut down on waste. I ditched the fabric softener and dryer sheets and got some fantastic dryer balls.

Oh my word, I love them! They fluff my towels and dry everything so quickly. If you’ve never tried wool dryer balls, you need to. They’re totally worth the investment (a whole $18 for dryer balls that could last a normal family almost 4 years… compare that to the $5 a month or more in dryer sheets), not to mention they’re organic wool, so no chemicals! Win-win for frugal and hippie!

So even before I started changing up my dryer game, I looked into making my own homemade laundry detergent soap

The liquid homemade laundry detergents that I found looked really intricate and I just didn’t have the time, patience, or the space to keep it. Plus the homemade laundry detergent powder looked so easy! So really easy homemade laundry powder it was!

Pinterest had a million different homemade laundry detergent soap recipes that everyone claimed were “the best.” But they all had a few ingredients that were consistent: washing soda, borax, fels naptha soap, baking soda, OxiClean, and essential oil (can be omitted if you’re a scent-free detergent person).

With my one box of washing soda, one box borax, Costco-sized bag of baking soda, 1 big tub of OxiClean, 2 bars of fels naphtha soap, and my tea tree oil, I’ve made enough detergent that, as of October, I haven’t needed to buy any more materials since – wait for it – NOVEMBER of the NEXT YEAR. The materials cost right around $20.

Yes, that’s correct: I wash clothes for my family of 5, plus cloth diapers, for $20 annually.

Here’s my so-easy-my-kids-help-make-it homemade laundry detergent soap recipe:

  • 2 c. each: washing soda, borax
  • 1 c. OxiClean
  • 1 bar fels naptha soap – cut it up then put it in a food processor until it’s tiny little pieces, or you can grate it by hand on a cheese grater.
  • 1/2 c. baking soda
  • Tea tree essential oil (Tea tree oil is a disinfectant.

    I add a drop or 2 per load of laundry, but not into the recipe itself.


  • A large, airtight container to store your detergent

Once your bar of soap is all crumbly, add everything together in a big airtight container that you’ll use for storage, and shake crazy until everything looks nice and even.

Use 1 tbs. with each wash and you’re done!

This recipe is HE safe (since it has low suds), and you can omit the Borax for sensitive skin. 

Update 4/2/18: I’ve edited this homemade laundry detergent recipe with time! Now, it’s even easier to save money making your laundry detergent

Now, I exclude the Fels Naptha for the same reason as the cloth diapers – it collects soap scum in the clothes and makes them dingy with time. The NEW homemade laundry detergent recipe that I use can save even more money on laundry since it’s only 2 ingredients!

Now, the only things you need to make laundry detergent at home are equal parts OxiClean and washing soda (it looks this, but buy it at your local store and it saves serious money that way!).

You can find more about my 2 ingredient laundry detergent recipe here!

My cloth diaper recipe is very similar:

  • 1 c. washing soda
  • 1 c. OxiClean
  • 1 c. baking soda

Combine, shake and use! 1 tbs. per load. I also add in 2 drops each tea tree oil and thieves oil for their disinfecting and antibacterial properties. Plus, they smell nice!

Soap can cause build up in the liners so the fels naptha can’t be used in the cloth diaper recipe. And my sons have sensitive skin, so we skipped the borax after a nasty rash. (You can read more about how exactly we cloth diaper here!)

White vinegar

Super stink clothes? Musty towels? Add 1 c. to your laundry and the stink will be gone. Plus, some people say it makes towels fluffier!

Hydrogen peroxide

Never buy bleach again. This is literally incredible. It’ll get any stain out fast, and I mean it. Captain America cut his leg and decided to rub the blood on my couch (lovely, right). I sprayed hydrogen peroxide on it and it disappeared.


I know you probably have this one, but I never knew about it until I started making my own detergent! This stuff is really great. It really down help get your clothes super clean and not dingy looking.

So there you have it! I still haven’t spent anything this year on my laundry supplies, and I might even make it a full year until I need to buy anything else!

I hope this works well for you, too! My life is so much easier without worrying about spending $20 or more a month on laundry detergent and dryer sheets!