Homemade laundry detergent

Is not that hard to make. I recently made my second batch, and I remembered to take some (not so awesome) pictures while I was at it.

All you need to do is:

1. Get a clean container and a scoop;
2. Grate one bar of plain Ivory soap, and put it in the container;
3. Add one cup of washing soda;
4. Add one cup of Borax;
5. Add one cup of Oxyclean (the kind without fragrance or any other extra stuff);
6. Put a lid on the container and shake to mix;
7. Add, five drops at a time–shaking to mix between–15 drops of tea tree oil; and…
8. Wash your clothes.

It takes maybe 20 minutes to do, and our first batch lasted a good long while. I’ll see how long this batch lasts.

There are a lot of homemade laundry detergents out there, even liquid, if that’s your thing. Here’s where I got started.

This can be messy!

Contrast between washing soda and grated soap.


Ingredients and finished product. I can get all of these, except the tea tree oil, at my nearby mainstream grocery store.

4 thoughts on “Homemade laundry detergent

    1. Brooke Post author

      Cool! Do you have your recipe handy? I’d love to compare it and see if there are any improvements I can make to my own. Any thoughts on how it would do on cloth diapers (just saw on your blog you didn’t like cloth, so maybe not).

    1. Brooke Post author

      Actually… I kind of quit using it. I kept finding actual bits of food left on Sadie’s clothes. Not okay. Some day, I’ll get around to messing with the recipe.


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