What I've found is that there are typically basic similarities in these recipes, but people have tweaked them a bit here and there once they've figured out what works best for them. There is no right or wrong laundry detergent recipe, just whether it works well for you or not.
Be adventurous, and try some of these recipes and see how they work for you!
Christina shared this recipe for how she makes her own laundry detergent on SR101's sister site, Household Management 101's Facebook wall, while we were discussing the high price of detergent, and more frugal alternatives.
This is my favorite recipe. It takes out barn smell, and the stink from PT gear.
2 bars finely grated Sunlight soap (1 bar of any laundry soap will do)
I also multiply this recipe by a lot so I make it twice a year (in a 5 gallon pail, it's a paint pail from Home Depot).
It's a powder. If you wash in cold then pre-dissolve it in a cup or two of hot water before adding it to your machine.
Thanks Christina for sharing this great recipe.
If you don't make many of your own cleaning products yet you may not be familiar with the major varieties of laundry bar soaps that can be used for these recipes. The major brands and varieties include:
I know there are other brands and varieties too, but these are the major ones.
In addition, I know many people get tripped up when wanting to make a homemade laundry soap recipe with fragrance, because people just say to use your favorite essential oils. If you aren't familiar with essential oils, and how to put various combinations together, I've created a resource for you.
Tips For Making Sure Your Homemade Powder Will Dissolve In Cold Water Washes
Question from Mary Ann:
My homemade powder will not dissolve in my HE machine unless I use warm or hot water. Does anyone else have this problem?
This can be a common problem for homemade powder detergents, whether used in a top loader or HE machine Mary Ann.
If you would like to use a cold water wash one additional step you can take is to pre dissolve the powder and make it into a liquid solution and dump that into your machine. To do this add your soap to a hot cup or two of water and stir until dissolved. Then, add this to your cold water wash.
I also have another suggestion for you, which was provided by a reader, Angela.
Mary Ann, it might not be fine enough. That's the problem I had until I started using a food processor on the bar soap.
Making the soap flakes smaller in the way Angela suggests also makes logical sense. This increases the surface area that the water can cover around the soap and makes it easier to dissolve.
Hopefully one or both of these suggestions will help with this issue!
Stretch Your Powdered Detergent With These Ingredients
Sheila also shared how she makes her own laundry detergent powder, or at least stretches out the store bought version to last a lot longer.
I've made homemade detergent for a long time. It's saved us money, and cleans better than what we were using.
The recipe I use is:
3 cups borax
3 cups any powdered laundry soap
1 bar of Fels Naptha soap, grated
Mix and store in container with lid and use 1/8 cup each big load.
Thanks Sheila for sharing your tips for how to make your own laundry detergent.
As you can see there are a lot of different recipes you can use to clean your clothes for less. If you've used a recipe, and it has worked well for you, please share it here, or read others already submitted.
In addition, you can also check out my recipes here for even more ideas.
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