If your family is anything like my family, then you are no stranger to laundry, right Momma’s?! I have a family of 4, and soon a family of 5, so I am usually bombarded with laundry on the weekends. I am NOT like one of those Moms that do laundry throughout the week. I just do not have time for that. So, I usually cramp it all in on a Saturday or Sunday, sometimes even a Friday. In addition to piles of dirty clothes, come the dreaded cost of laundry detergent. Why on earth does laundry detergent cost so much money? I have always wondered that.

So, I decided to start making my own. It’s easy, cheap, smells amazing, and lasts A LOT longer then your average bottle/container of detergent/soap.

So without further ado, I will share with you just how I make mine.


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  • 1- (4 lb.) box Arm & Hammer baking soda
  • 1- (3 lb. 7 oz.) box Arm & Hammer super soda
  • 1- (4 lb. 12 oz.) box Borax
  • 1- (3 lb.) tub OxiClean
  • 2- (14.1 oz.) Zote soap (pink or white bars) or 5 bars (5 1/2 oz. each ) Fels-Naptha soap bars Or you can also get the pre-made grated soap, which is what I use. *
  • 1- (24 oz.) container Arm & Hammer clean sensations In-Wash Freshness Booster (or any other laundry enhancer like Purex crystals or downy unstoppables.
  • If you get the bar soap, you will need a grater (anything basic)
  • Plastic bucket or container to keep it in

I find most of my ingredients at Walmart, usually in the laundry aisle. Before, I used Tide, or Downy, anything that was the cheapest at the time. It added up quickly, and I just didn’t have room for that in my budget anymore, so I had to find another alternative.

I usually get most of my ingredients for less than $30, and sometimes, I find coupons, which makes it even less expensive. I am telling you, this is the way to go, lasts so much longer and costs a lot less. My laundry detergent probably lasts me about 2-3 months. Depending on my load sizes.




Start by mixing in your Super Soda, Baking soda, and OxiClean.

I like to mix everything up after each ingredient added. I use either my hands, or a large spoon of some sort.

Next, add in your booster such as the unstoppables, or whatever you bought for scent. You can use whatever your heart desires!

Lastly, add in you zote bars or your already pre-made zote bars. If you are grating, I would grate one at a time and mix then add the next. If you are using pre-made flakes, add half the box first then mix, then add the rest.

Then viola!! You have your very own laundry detergent. It really is the easiest thing EVER.

You are good to go. I usually use about 1 1/2 – 2 tsp per load. Maybe 2 1/2 if I have a really big load. And, of course use more if needed for heavily dirty items like those sweaty softball uniforms or T-ball outfits.

You now have something cheap, easy to make, and smells fantastic for a laundry alternative to buying those expensive detergents at the store!


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5 thoughts on “DIY Laundry Detergent

  1. HI Raechellee! Thank you for doing this! I can honestly say, I have thought about doing this, but I had no idea where to start! Not to mention how! It sounds pretty easy. I do have one question to ask, does it make any difference if you have a high efficiency washer?

    Posted on 09/07/2017 at 8:39 PM
    1. Hi Micah, I do not have a high effeciancy washer, mines just basic. But, if I were you, I would use the pre-made flakes of soap instead of grating them yourself. I think that would fare better with your kind of washer. Hope that helps!! -R

      Posted on 09/07/2017 at 10:05 PM
  2. Can’t tell you how thankful I am that you posted this! With college coming up in the next year, I’m having to really crack down on my funds and prepare for the real world! Great “recipe!” 🙂

    Posted on 09/08/2017 at 7:17 PM
  3. I never thought of making my own laundry detergent. Great idea, I must try this.

    Posted on 09/09/2017 at 9:06 AM
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