DIY Laundry Detergent

While in college I learned a lot of tricks, such as how to make the best fried chicken and create the perfect French braid. However my favorite trick was how to spend under $25 for a year supply of laundry detergent. In school I shared the detergent with two people and we each did at least one load of laundry a week, and still had some left over when the school year ended. Since college is starting up I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share this money saving recipe.
DIY Laundry Soap
2 tablespoons for a regular load
3 tablespoons for a large load
1 (4 lb. 12 oz.) box of Borax
4 lbs. Arm and Hammer Baking Soda
1 (3lb. 7 oz.) box of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
4 bars Fels Naptha Soap, grated (on a cheese grated)
optional: 1 (3 lb.) container Oxy Clean free – I liked to use it as an extra stain remover

Directions: Mix all ingredients in a large heavy duty garbage bag. Be sure to securely close the bag and shake it back and forth until completely mixed. Scoop out into containers.

Notes: I like to add some Downy or Downy UnStopables to give my laundry more of girly scent. You could also add two containers of Downy UnStopables to your laundry soap mixture. HE washer friendly.


  1. I've been wanting to try this, I think I just might!!

  2. My mom made me a version of this and I love it! Mine has Downy Unstoppables in it too :)

  3. I have friends who do this too and I have always wondered how it worked. I have very sensitive skin so I can't use detergent with fragrances in it. Do you think this would work for someone like me?

  4. The one that I have made was a liquid and didn't get our clothes very clean. I like the looks of this one better....Thank you for sharing.

  5. What a great idea! I have never seen this before but I do like the Fels Naptha soap for getting stains out of clothes. Works like a charm on my hubbies ring aroudn the collar!