Urban Basics

Getting back to basics in an urban setting

DIY Laundry Detergent


I found a recipe for home made laundry detergent on pinterest so I thought I’d try it. I can tell you, this recipe works great and it takes far less soap to wash your clothes then store bought detergent. The recipe I used is below. I found all my supplies in the laundry section at Walmart. I made mine in June of 2012 and Im just half way through my first batch of soap! I have a family of 5 with three messy kids. I also use cloth diapers. They say not to use this on cloth diapers but it works just fine for me. (I was using it on cloth diapers before I found out I wasn’t supposed to.) SO since I was doing it with no noticeable difference to my cloth diapers… I continued to use it.

DIY Laundry Detergent:

1 4 lb 12 oz box Borax (2.15 kg or 76 oz) found in the detergent isle

1 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (1.81 kg) found in the cooking isle

1 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz (3 lb 7 oz) found in the detergent isle

3 bars of Fels-Naptha soap, found in the detergent isle

2 small containers of Oxy Clean or store brand Oxy Clean (try to get about 3.5 lbs total (1.58 kg)) found in the detergent isle.
(this is optional, I added it into mine because I have pretty messy kids and the cleaner the better)

(you can also use pink Zote soap instead of Fels-Naptha.)

7 months of use so far and still so much detergent left! I really hope to make it last till June so I can say that one batch will really last a whole year! Give it a try!!


Author: stephdt3

My 3 children and I live on 14 acres in Savannah Ga. I have worked hard at turning the property into a thriving, self sufficient homestead. It has been a learning experience and a lot of hard work but its so worth it. I don't understand how our country became so consumer driven. We have lost so much of our production way of life. It is my goal to get back to basics any way that I can. My three children used be so hooked on TV, video games, computers, iphones and ipads. And while they still like those things, they now spend just as much time outside as they do inside. I hope by learning to raise chickens and rabbits, growing gardens, raising goats and riding horses and spending more time outdoors in general, my children will learn to love and appreciate a simpler way of life. I knew nothing about homesteading when I started this journey but I have learned so much and love every minute of it.

2 thoughts on “DIY Laundry Detergent

  1. hi, just read your recipe for homemade soap/laundry detergent…..I would love to try it…..do you just combine everything? and how do you store….thinking 5 gal bucket? I live in Canada, and imagine our Walmart would sell all the items here…. thanx in advance, Canada canuk

    • I used a big glass jar I found at Walmart. I think it is a 5 gallon jar with a lid. I found it in the kitchen department with all the Tupperware and Rubbermaid food storage are located. I will take a picture of mine today and add it to the original post.
      I hope that helps! I really like my laundry detergent. It is far cheaper then buying the store bought kind.

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