Friday, September 16, 2011

Homemade Laundry Detergent RECIPE!

With 4 rambunctious kids you can imagine I have Mt.Laundry that I have to tackle everyday. Homemade laundry detergent isn't just cost effective but it's also free of a bunch of gross chemicals. I prefer my recipe for powdered laundry detergent because it's quick and simple to make plus it's less messy, since it doesn't drip everywhere.

Powdered Laundry Detergent Recipe:
2 bars of ivory soap (zote or fels naphtha work too)
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda

Put soap in food processor until it becomes cottage cheese like texture. Add borax and washing soda and blend until consistent powdery texture. Store in air tight container in a cool dry place. Use 1-2 tablespoons per load of laundry

TIP: add detergent while washer is filling with water to help it dissolve THEN add clothes to washer.
Check out my how-to video!


  1. I use a similar recipe for mine, but I use ZOTE soap (the PINK soap) and I also add baking soda and oxyclean . . . I grate my soap by hand though because I don't have a food processor . . . It's SO easy and cost effective though, isn't it??? I spent $14 when I first started and that bought me enough supplies for 4 batches PLUS my pretty "cracker jar" to store it in and a grater that is now my dedicated "soap" grater :)

  2. Your so cute Kelly, I love your blogs!!! I totally used to do the same thing, (I used a cheese grater instead) It is cheap, but I didn't feel that it did a great job of getting my clothes cleaned so i went back to the regular stuff. Ive been wanting to try Dr. Bronners Magic Soap instead of the ivory soap. I have to travel to Boone just to get it, (no one here sells it any more) So maybe one day ill get around to it and let you know if i like it lol!


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