Homemade Laundry Detergent (again)

Based on the number of times I’ve written about homemade laundry detergent, one would think I just love laundry… but no, it’s actually my nemesis. It is one of those household tasks that is endless. You no sooner get all the clean clothes put away and the hamper is overflowing again.

The worst is when I’ve put off doing laundry for so long that the whole family is running out of clean underwear. My Mom gave me a tip years ago to buy enough underclothing for everyone in the family so you get a little extra time… I think we all have at least 1+ weeks worth, but somehow I still get behind!

Anyway, today’s post is another version of the homemade powdered laundry detergent I made a month or so ago. I had used Fels Naptha laundry soap along with Borax and Washing Soda. However, Fels Naptha is not as readily available as Ivory Soap in the grocery stores where I shop. So I made a variation.


Since Fels Naptha is specifically a laundry soap and Ivory Soap is not, I added another ingredient, OxiClean. I use the OxiClean spot cleaner on stains and it works beautifully.

The laundry detergent recipe I used is:

  • 1 bar Ivory soap, grated
  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 cup Washing Soda
  • 1/2 cup OxiClean

Just like with my other recipe, you only need 1-2 small scoops (tablespoons) per load of laundry. So far, it’s working great. Easy to make, VERY inexpensive, cleans the clothes and doesn’t irritate my sensitive-skinned family.

Speaking of laundry… gotta run, another load is ready to go into the dryer….

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