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Easy Homemade Laundry Detergent

A few weeks back I shared a picture on Instagram of me making my homemade laundry detergent and I had some people ask me for the recipe. Sorry it’s taken so long for me to get it up, but here it is in all it’s easiness!! There are like a million recipes online for this stuff… this is just how I make mine!

Make your very own homemade laundry detergent using this simple 3 ingredient recipe! via cherishedbliss.com

Just a little bit about this homemade laundry detergent:


– I have been using it for almost a year, and am STILL completely satisfied with it
– It smells AWESOME
– It gets your whites really bright
– It’s SUPER CHEAP to make
– My daughter has sensitive skin and this does not irritate her at all!


– It does not create little magical people that come and do your laundry for you. Sorry… it just doesn’t work that way. If you find a recipe that does, let me know and I’ll do the same ; )

Disclaimer: I am in no way guaranteeing that this is the laundry detergent for you, nor am I guaranteeing the results. I am only sharing how I make it, and that I am satisfied with the results. Please do not yell, scream or throw rocks at me if you disagree : ) 

Are you ready to…….

Make your very own homemade laundry detergent using this simple 3 ingredient recipe! via cherishedbliss.com

Like I said before, this homemade laundry detergent is super easy!

Ingredients (pictured above):

– 1 1/2 Cups Borax
– 1 Cup Washing Soda
– 1 Bar Fels-Naptha 

Technically you can get away with 1 cup borax, but my water is a little hard so I add the extra 1/2 cup. If you have extremely hard water, I’d go with 2 cups. Just my thoughts.


Using a cheese grater (on the finest side) grate up your entire bar of Fels-Naptha, then pour it into wherever you are going to store your laundry detergent. I bought my little container at Hobby Lobby for I think around $5.00! I love it because it is air tight and it allows you to shake it up to mix around your ingredients! Ok, after you pour in your grated soap bar, add in the other two ingredients and mix. Then shake it around a bit (if your container allows) and you are good to go! See… easy right?

To USE: 

I use 1 heaping Tablespoon for all my loads. If it’s a specially dirty or stinky load I do 2 Tablespoons.

Now you are using cheap laundry detergent without sacrificing quality! Plus I love how it smells so fresh and clean! No complaints here, other than the fact that I have to actually DO my laundry ; )

 Next I want to try some homemade dish washing detergent!



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  1. says

    I use Zote instead of Fels. (cheap at the Dollar Store) It is plant based. Smells like lemons. It is so safe, it is used for bait for fishing and it can be used to wash dishes.

    If I leave the bar out for a couple of days, I get a finer grate and it mixes easier.

    Thanks for sharing.
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    • Ashley says

      Thanks Pamela! The Borax and Washing Soda are around $3.00 or $3.50 for a box, and the bars are $.97! : )

    • Mary says

      My ingredients cost under 8 dollars. Can be made into liquid by melting the shredded bar soap. With hot water, makes about 4 gallons.

    • Ashley says

      You know, I’m not sure, I’ve never used it with one, but I don’t see why not. Borax is a pretty safe thing to use and the soap isn’t much different from normal soap.

    • Yvonne says

      You can use these ingredients with a Septic tank. And for all fellow Kiwi’s, the soap we would use is Sunlight! And yes, if you leave it out or in a warm place it is easier to grate! Great “recipe” by the way, and love your posts!!

        • Yvonne says

          Hi there, KIWI is the nickname given to we folk that come from New Zealand! That tiny country off the east side of Australia!! A real Kiwi is a bird native to New Zealand that is about the size of a chicken, has brown silky feathers , a long beak and doesn’t fly!!! There will be pictures on Google if you wanted to look. Have a lovely day :)

          • Angi says

            Very Cool! Kiwi’s here are a fruit that we eat. I am from the States, Florida to be exact! Thank you so much for chatting with me, I hope you have a lovely day too!!!

          • Yvonne says

            Any time Angi, it’s nice to know where people are! We have those kind of kiwi’s too but just to be clear, over here we call them Kiwifruit! Be terrible to think that Kiwi people were being eaten!! Hahaha Are you interested in any crafts? I’m into patchwork and a few other hand crafts

  2. Crystal says

    Love it!! i can’t believe how much I spend on laundry soap! This will save me a ton!! Thanks for the recipe!!

  3. Dovie says

    I never did like the smell of Fels Naptha. Maybe the Zote instead of my usual Ivory, which smells gross to my preggo nose? Also you can add a cup of baking soda is everyone in your house tinks like mine.

    Have you tried the grate and grind method? I like it for consistency. If you add some powder to it while processing the soap doesn’t gum things up, either.

  4. Kelly says

    So, I currently use liquid Tide, but only a fraction of what they say to use and then I fell the remainder of the detergent receptacle with white vinegar. Do you suppose I could still use my white vinegar with this recipe without worry? Thanks!

    • Shelly says

      You can use White Vinegar as a fabric softener, instead of downy, you can add essential oils so it will have a scent to it.

      • Gwen says

        I have used white vinegar with essential oils for fabric softener, but even with using tennis balls I still have static cling. Now I use a cheap hair conditioner from the dollar store and mix with white vinegar.

  5. says

    Isn’t homemade laundry detergent the best! I LOVE making my own but I only use 1 cup of borax..I’ll have to try using 1 1/2 cups next time

  6. Wesli says

    I am very interested in making my own laundry detergent…especially with a baby on the way! Do y’all know if this is safe for high efficiency washers? Thanks!!

  7. says

    Very impressed! Fels Naptha has a wonderful natural scent. I love it. I always buy unscented laundry detergent but this might be okay. Best wishes, Linda

    • Jessica says

      Rosie, you could always order from Amazon….they have all of these ingredients there. Not sure if it would be cost effective depending on the shipping rates, but there at least is that option!

  8. Jess says

    Hello, just wondering if this could be used when washing in cold water, since the soap bits probably wouldn’t melt. Would you recommend a liquid detergent for cold loads?


    • Marybeth says

      I use cold water to wash but sometimes found that the granules were stuck to my clothes because I was loading the clothes and then sprinkling detergent on top of it so this is what I now do. Turn the washer water temp to hot and let it run until I have about an inch or so in the washing machine, put the tablespoon of detergent in, then turn the water temp to cold and load the clothes.

      You could probably just catch some hot water in a cup and add the detergent too but I just found this way easier.

      I no longer have any issues; my clothes smell wonderful (even my towels which always smelled funky/musty).

  9. Marybeth says

    I just bought Zote at Big Lots and paid 90 cents for it! I use basically the same recipe but I use half a bar of Zote (or Ivory) and half a bar of Fels-Naptha. I keep my bars in the freezer and find that it grates it into a really find powder.

    My Hubby tends to get a lot of oil stains from food, etc. on the front of his shirt and I found this works like magic: shave a little Fels off the bar into a small microwave safe bowl, add a bit of water (not too much) and place it in the microwave for a few seconds to soften the Fels a bit, so it mixes up well. You want a thick glue/paste like consistency. After it’s mixed, rub it into the oil stain. Let sit for an hour and wash as usual. Hubby had three polo shirts that had stains on them, the stains had been through several washings (and dryings) and were still there so the shirts sat in his closet to be used when he did chores even though they were nice shirts. I tried this with the Fels and all the stains came out. Shirts were saved!

  10. says

    I have allergies and I’m always looking for new ways to reduce the chemical usage at home. Having seen all the positive feedback, I am ready to give your recipe a try. I really liked the suggestion about the plant-based soap in the first comment, I think I might start with it :)

  11. Gwen says

    I wish I could find my bar soap as cheap as you girls! I pay $1.49 for 1 bar of Fels-Naptha or $1.79 for Zote, which I could only find at Kmart. Because I have arthritis in my hands (I know it sucks right? Im only 41!) I use a potato peeler on the bar soap then put it in my processor and, per one users suggestion,with a bit of the powder. Works great for a finer consistency. We have super hard water here for I have to use 2 heaping Tablespoons but it is still waaay cheaper than Tide, which, when ON SALE here, still costs 31 cents per load and my soap is 14 cents. Worth it to me :) Have a great day!

  12. Gwen says

    I forgot to ask, has anyone tried to use the Colgate or Kirk’s Castille brands of laundry bar soap? Thanks!

      • says

        I found a CHEAP alternative for scent! I pour out my Borax on a flat plan or piece of waxed paper; dribble 2-3 teaspoons of imitation extract (I LOVE Watkins Lemon or Orange-I buy it at Walmart for $2.48 for 2 oz) and let air dry. When I run it thru the food processor with my grated soap it breaks up any clumps. I use this with Fels Nathpa soap and the smell is absolutely heavenly!!! There are many othere scents as well. If you don’t like that option; Dollar Tree has scented Bath salt (I love lavender or jasmine) and just throw this into the food processor to grind it a bit finer. You can use as much as you like to achieve your desired “scentage” but when I make a single batch, I find 1/4-1/3 cup per batch is adequate.

        I also have to make a slightly negative comment; you girls who are adding Oxiclean to your detergent are actually wasting money and product. Homemade Oxiclean is made up of Washing Soda, Peroxide and water. Rather than spend that money on buying the Oxiclean, just add 2-3 tablespoons of straight Peroxide to your water before you put clothes in. I promise it works. Or if you are super-crazed on germ killing, Tea Tree oil is also anti-bacterial. ( I know essential oils are expensive, but you use so very little of it at a time that it is QUITE cost-effective; but don’t get me started on the many wonders of Essentials oils)
        Y ‘all are kill, killing and killed germs!

        So sorry for the very long post but I have been doing the homemade soap thing for QUITE awhile and have come up with so many CHEAP variations, its crazy. I probably have 3 pages of notebook pages on just soap, fabric softener and dryer-sheet alternatives. I enjoy my laundry maybe a little too much!!

        • Yvonne says

          Brilliant! So good to see there is another sensible person on our planet!!! Thank you for your tips about the “alternative” perfumes and also using bath salts! Love your comments!

  13. Nancy Pressley says

    I have used my daughter’s home-made detergent and really liked it. I’ve had the ingredients for a while, but waited to make it, using up my massive jug of Gain that I had purchased. My bar of Fels Naptha was nice and dry, so I just used the grater attachment for my beloved KitchenAid mixer. BEAUTIFUL job of grating it, literally took less than a minute to get a gorgeous fine grate! Can’t wait to do a load of laundry with my home-made mix!

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