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Make your own laundry soap- Pinned it, Did it

I will admit I have always been skeptical of homemade laundry detergent. In fact, I often secretly laughed at those who made their own because I thought “there is no way it cleans as well as brand name, doesn’t smell as good, doesn’t whiten and brighten and could never wash way cleanly.” Wrong! I found this pin on Pinterest and thought alright, I will give it a shot and see what I REALLY think.

LOVE it!!!! I love it so much that I thought I’d share it with you. For a grand total of  $38.78 I made enough laundry detergent to last my home of six people a year! I used the majority of her recipe but tweaked one little thing. The first thing you need to do is shred your bar soap (everyone complains about this part but I just popped it into my food processor and I was done in a matter of a minute). Once you have the soap shredded add it to a large bucket with all of the other ingredients and mix really well.

Here’s what you will need:
1-2 (55 oz) Bottle of Purex Crystals Fabric Softener– Found in the detergent aisle (completely optional and up to you, it’s not 100% natural however it smells yummy))
1 (4 lb 12 oz) Box of Borax– Found in the detergent aisle
1 (4 lb) Box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda– Found in the cooking aisle
1 (3 lb) Container of OxyClean– Found in the detergent aisle. (Helps get the stains out)
1 (3 lb 7 oz) Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda– Found in the detergent aisle (totally natural)
2 (14.1 oz) Mrs. Meyer’s Bar Soap (scent of your choice)

All you need is 1-2 tablespoons of detergent per load. Wash, rinse, dry as usual. It smells fantastic and works even better!


  1. Does this work in all washers(front/top load?

  2. We have a front load AND a top load and I use it in both! Love it!

  3. Hi, 1-2 tablespoons per load ia fantastic! Is that per large load? I spend about $20 on Tide liquid detergent that lasts about 10-12weeks. Which brand of over the counter scent is this comparable too? Or is the Purex softener the overwhelming scent after finished detergent?


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