I am feeling quite puffed up right now because I did something pretty great this weekend. . . I made homemade laundry soap and homemade dishwasher detergent!  How radical is that.  I mean, who DOES that??  I got the recipes of pinterest and was surprised at how incredibly easy they were!  Not to mention totally inexpensive.  According to the original recipe for laundry soap, it’s about $20 for nine months worth of loads.  However, I got all my ingredients at Winco and only spent about $15 for the same amount of laundry soap, so I’m tickled at how much money I can save by doing this.  I thought I’d share the love so that you can make them and feel how I feel when I do something neat.  It feels good.

{Laundry soap}
1-4 lb. box Borox
1-4 lb. box washing soda
1-4 lb. box baking soda
3 bars Fels-Naptha soap
{2 small containers Oxyclean if you want, but you don’t have to}
I found all of these ingredients on the laundry soap isle, except the baking soda, which was on the baking isle.
With a cheese grater or food processor, shred the Fels-Naptha soap just like cheese, as finely as possible.  Combine all ingredients in a large garbage bag and mix it all up evenly.  Store as you desire.  You only need one tablespoon of detergent per load of laundry!
{Dishwasher Soap}  
2 cups Borox
2 cups washing OR baking soda
1 cup kosher salt
1 cup citric acid OR 30 lemonade kool-aid packets
Combine all ingredients and mix evenly. Store as you like.  You only need one tablespoon per load of dishes!  And make sure you add a little vinegar to the rinse aid portion of your dishwasher to ensure your plastics don’t get cloudy.
Have s’much fun!!


  1. Brenda Sue says:

    Welcome to the joys of homemade laundry detergent and dishwasher detergent! After discovering this from my cousin, I will never again buy laundry soap or dishwasher detergent. Don’t you just love how clean your laundry smells now?? Best part is it is safe to use on Sir James’ clothes because it won’t irritate his soft baby skin. I have a liquid recipe if you’re interested in liquid laundry soap instead of powder.

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