Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Homemade- Dish and Laundry Detergent

I found this detergent on There's a lot of good stuff on there about cleaning and organization (I personally leave the rest...).

Dishwasher Detergent:
  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup baking soda
  1. In a small container, mix together the borax and baking soda.
  2. Use 3 tablespoons of the homemade detergent for each load.
  3. Once every week or two, fill the rinse aid receptacle with vinegar.

These detergents I found on Also another wonderful site with tons of information!
Try different recipes to see which one you like best!

Laundry Detergents

  • 1 quart Water (boiling)
  • 2 cups Bar soap (grated- Ivory, Felds Nafta, etc)
  • 2 cups Borax
  • 2 cups Washing Soda
  1. Add finely grated bar soap to the boiling water and stir until soap is melted. You can keep on low heat until soap is melted.
    Pour the soap water into a large, clean pail and add the Borax and Washing Soda.
  2. Stir well until all is dissolved.
  3. Add 2 gallons of water, stir until well mixed.
  4. Cover pail and use 1/4 cup for each load of laundry.
  5. Stir the soap each time you use it (will gel).


  • 2 cups Bar soap (grated)
  • 2 cups Washing Soda
  • 2 - 2.5 gallons hot water
  1. Melt grated soap in saucepan with water to cover.
  2. Heat over medium-low heat and stir until soap is dissolved.
  3. Pour hot water in large pail, add hot soap and washing soda.
  4. Stir very well.
  5. Use 1 cup per full load.

#3- Powdered

  • 12 cups Borax
  • 8 cups Baking Soda
  • 8 cups Washing Soda
  • 8 cups Bar soap (grated)
  1. Mix all ingredients well and store in a sealed tub.
  2. Use 1/8 cup of powder per full load.


  • 1 cup Vinegar (white)
  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 1 cup Washing Soda
  • 1/4 cup liquid castile soap
  1. Mix well and store in sealed container.

Soap will be lumpy, goopy and gel-like. This is normal. Just give it a good stir before using. Make sure soap is covered with a lid when not in use. You could also pour the homemade soap in old (and cleaned) laundry detergent bottles and shake well before each use.

*If you can’t find Fels-Naptha locally, you can buy it online (check Amazon).

You can add between 10 to 15 drops of essential oil (per 2 gallons) to your homemade laundry detergent. Add once the soap has cooled to room temperature. Stir well and cover.

Essential oil ideas: lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil

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