How To Make Your Own Laundry Detergent With Just 6 Ingredients

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I feel like I’m stocking up on laundry detergent way more than I should be. Between myself, my husband, our kids, and our dog, we generate a ton of laundry. And as we all know, laundry detergent isn’t cheap! That’s where this DIY project comes in. You can make your very own laundry detergent with just six ingredients, and it will only cost you about $28 per year. Thanks to My Favorite Holiday for sharing!

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To make your own laundry detergent, you will need:

1 (4 lb, 12 oz) box of Borax (found in the detergent aisle)

1 (3 lb, 7 oz) box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (found in the detergent aisle)

1 (3 lb) container of OxiClean (found in the detergent aisle; this is optional but I highly recommend adding it)

2 (14.1 oz) bars of Zote Soap (found in the detergent aisle; we chose to use pink for the scent, but the white would be just fine, and you can also use Fels Naptha)

1 (4 lb) box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (found in the cooking aisle)

1-2 (55 oz) bottles of Purex Crystals Fabric Softener, or use 3-4 bottles of Scentsy Washer Whiffs (Scentsy Washer Whiffs are my top choice, but when in a hurry, I opt for the Purex, which can be found in the detergent aisle)


Step 1: First, cut the bars of soap into chunks or slices. Pop them into the microwave for about one minute. The soap will expand a lot, but then it is dry and just crumbles into tiny bits.

Step 2: Use a very large bucket and take a layering approach to mix the ingredients more easily. Take a small amount of each ingredient and layer it on top of each other, then grab a large mixing spoon and mix it together. Do this about five times. This is so much easier than dumping all of the ingredients in at once.

Step 3: This batch makes A TON of detergent. You’ll only need one to two tablespoons per load of laundry, depending on the size.