Homemade Laundry Detergent (Optional Grating)

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Confession: I've only spent $20 since June 2014 for laundry detergent....

and I still have plenty left.

Yes, you read that correctly...$20.


I'm talking better than ANY store bought brand I've ever tried.

I'm talking I haven't even had to use stain removers since last June.

I'm talking it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin.

I'm talking my hubby who happens to be very picky when it comes to his laundry detergents loves this stuff!

That's a big deal around here guys. BIG deal.


Homemade laundry detergents have been around for eva- I know.

Trust me, I would know since I've clicked on every "homemade laundry detergent" post from Pinterest I could possibly find.

I was always turned off by the hassle of most recipes: boiling to melt ingredients, grating till your fingers were numb, mixing till you developed biceps and storing a year's worth detergent just right to avoid hardening.

But then something amazing happened. I came across this homemade laundry detergent recipe from Black And White Obsession, last Spring (yes, almost a year ago!), and I was like, "Finally!!! An easy homemade laundry detergent recipe I could make!"

It's so fuss free and yet works so well... it's just amazing!

The original recipe calls for only 3 ingredients. Three ingredients, people!

And although, that's how I make it most of the time, I've included the optional 2 extra ingredients I sometimes throw in there just to spice things up. They are totally not necessary and my clothes always come out just as clean with both versions. No lie.


Ingredients: Borax, Super Washing Soda, Oxi Clean Versatile

Optional Ingredients: Fels-Naptha Soap, Downy Unstoppables (for scent).

You will also need an airtight container. Keep in mind that the size of your container will determine how often you have to mix up a batch. 

How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

This is so easy, it's embarrassing to even give it a subheading! But here it goes!

All you do is mix equal parts of each ingredient! That's it!

(example: 1 cup Borax, 1 cup Washing Soda and 1 cup Oxi Clean)

I sometimes (very rarely) grate 1/2 a bar of Fels-Naptha and add it in there but like I said, totally not necessary at all!

You can also add your Downy Unstoppables to your container or you can just add it with each load.

When you're done adding all ingredients (which should take, oh let's see, 1 minute- if you opt out of grating) just give your container a good shake to mix up all ingredients. I usually shake for around 1 minute or so.

So for $20 and less than 5 minutes of your time, you will have the best homemade laundry detergent ever!

And you only need about 1 to 1.5 tbs per load! Yes, please!


And when you run out you just mix your batch again!

Or you could just mix all containers all at once and store in a bucket with a lid and refill your smaller container as needed. But it really isn't a hassle to mix every so often at all!

Can you tell I'm really excited about this laundry detergent? I apologize it took me 8 months to tell you about it, but I really wanted to give it a while to see how it would work out.

The verdict is it cleans great! It has removed marker stains, grass stains and different food stains like a champ without the aid of stain removers. That is so awesome in my book!

I hope you give it a try and let me know how you like it!

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