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Homemade Laundry Detergent?

HomeMadeLaundrySoapI’ve not tried this.  Just found this recipe online.

I would be interested to try it when I have the time and I run out of my Costco Kirkland enviromentally safe detergent.

You will see that original recipe came from


Thanks to Prairieland Herbs for this wonderful recipe. It works great.

You can find all the ingredients for homemade laundry detergent at most grocery stores. I get everything except the washing soda at Costco because that’s where it’s the cheapest (the washing soda I buy at the grocery store). I buy in bulk so I only have to buy this stuff once every six months or so.

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Use 1 tablespoon to 1/4 cup per load.

Food processor (optional — you can use a cheese grater)
Large plastic tub or bucket (preferably with a lid — you could also recycle an old cardboard box of detergent)

2 cups Borax
2 cups washing soda
1 cup baking soda
1 bar soap (it doesn’t matter what kind you use)
Essential oil (optional — if the soap is scented, you may not want to add this)

1. Cut the soap up into large chunks with a knife.

2. Throw the chunks into the food processor and blend into a powder (or as close to a powder as possible).

3. In a large plastic tub or bucket, stir together the Borax, washing soda, and baking soda. Be careful not to breathe in the powder while you mix. Let it settle first and then continue stirring.

4. Stir in the grated soap.

5. Stir in drops of essential oil if you like.

And yes, this laundry detergent works great for cloth diapers. You can use it for front loaders, too.”


August 30, 2009 - Posted by | Recipes, Stuff I Researched

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