Best Laundry Detergent Recipe

Okay, so I know you’ve all seen the DIY Laundry recipes floating around Pinterest!  Well, I finally decided to give it a try and I’m soooooo glad I did!

This Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe is amazing!

My clothes have NEVER smelled so fresh—and there’s no perfumes or harsh chemicals—so it’s perfect for my sensitive skin.

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I was hesitant to make this at first because I have EXTREMELY sensitive skin.

We’ve been using ALL Free & Clear for years because anything else causes me to break out. And, we just recently discovered the Little Man has the same allergy (yeah, we spent a day in the ER to find out he had hives from laundry detergent—not a fun day!).

After doing LOTS of research I settled on giving this recipe a try and I couldn’t be happier!  This stuff is POWERFUL and GENTLE.  It works great in a regular washing machine and HE machines too.

You only need 1 TBS because there’s no fillers like you find in retail laundry detergent.  Sometimes I throw in another 1/2 TBS if the clothes are REALLY dirty (like we had an explosive diaper dirty) but 1 TBS is perfect for everyday.

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Alright, ready for the Laundry detergent recipe?



2 Gallon Container (I got this beauty – then used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the vinyl lettering).

1 Container OxiClean (store brands work too- but there’s usually a good coupon around for this one and makes it cheaper)

3 Bars of Lever 2000 (or any bar soap that you choose)

1 Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

1 Box of Baking Soda

1 Box of Borax (optional)

Everything you see in the picture above I bought at Walmart for $30.01 (including tax) without any coupons….if you look for coupons you can probably get everything above MUCH cheaper!

Here are some of my favorite coupon sources:

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Okay, now that you have the materials, it’s time for the easy part of making your own homemade laundry detergent:

Using a grater (larger holed graters are better or else you’ll clog the holes)- grate your bars of soap and combine all ingredients!  I would grate 1 bar and then mix in 1/3 of all the other ingredients in the large container and repeat till all ingredients are mixed in.

That’s it!  Easy Peasy!  And your clothes are going to smell oh so fresh!

This project actually took less than 20 minutes—I think the majority of my time was actually spent putting the vinyl on the glass container!

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  1. Does this work for HE front loaders? TIA

  2. Liz Adams says:

    Hi!! I’m super excited to try this!! Quick question though… I see from the picture the washing soda box is 55oz and the OxiClean is 3lb, and you mentioned in a previous comment that the baking soda box is 4lb. How big is the box of Borax? The one you linked to was 76oz. Is that correct?


    • Yes that’s correct…76oz for Borax. I really should update this post with the correct measurements….sorry about that…it’s on my To-Do List this week! We LOVE this laundry detergent…I hope you do too!

      • question though — no harsh chemicals?? Isn’t oxy clean harsh? Someone told me once it wasn’t natural. Thoughts? we too are sensitive skinners…

        • I’ve always heard that Oxy Clean is gentle. To be extra safe I’ve started using the Oxiclean Free which is free of all dyes, perfumes, etc. I’ve also seen that Seventh Generation now makes an Oxiclean…I plan on using that in my next batch.


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