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I have been making my own laundry detergent for 4-5 years now. Sure, I can occasionally find it on sale really cheap with a coupon, and if I could buy it cheaper than making it ($0.48 a bottle of liquid) I would.  I use to make Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent. In fact, I made it for 4 years. I made it until we moved and we were told liquid detergent makes the plastic washer drum get a yucky smell. We switched to powdered and had been buying the “cheap stuff” for about 4 months. I tried 3 brands and didn’t like any of them. I finally decided to look for a powder recipe and get back into making my own. The recipe I settled on is below. Not only is homemade detergent cheaper but I like knowing what is in it.

I purchased all items in WalMart’s laundry aisle with spot removers.

laundry detergent

Borax – $2.38 – enough for 4-5 batches
Washing soda – $2.12 (NOTE: this is NOT baking soda) – enough for 4 batches
Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap – $0.99 – enough for 1 batch
Oxi Clean – $7.52 – 6 batches – you can get the generic brand at the $ store
I also purchased a small snap top container for $0.96. I am not sure it is going to be my permanent container but it works for now.

DIY Home Laundry Detergent


  • 2 cups Borax
  • 2 cups washing soda
  • 1 cup Oxi Clean
  • 1 bar Fels Napa Soap


  1. Mix together first 3 ingredients.
  2. Grate Fels Napa Soap.
  3. Mix all ingredients together.
  4. Blend 1 cup at a time until the mixture is a very fine powder.
  5. Use 1 tablespoon per normal load and 2 tablespoons per heavy load.
  6. Makes approximately enough to 100 loads.

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  1. The box shown says ” Pure Baking Soda”
    Comments states ” this is not baking soda”
    Do we use the Arm and Hammer laundry booster?

    1. You will find this baking soda in the household/laundry detergent cleaning area. I’ve had mixed results finding it labeled as “baking soda” as you see in the picture and “washing soda,” which, I agree, can be confusing. Either way that it’s labeled, it will have language on it about being made for cleaning versus cooking. I’m sorry for that confusion.

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