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Homemade Laundry Detergent...Not a Trend, a Way of Life

I've been really getting into more natural methods of cleaning, and living. I'm a huge fan of using baking soda and vinegar for everyday cleaning, and after a year of making my own laundry detergent, I can honestly say that buying detergent from the store is something I'll never go back to.

I started last year with this recipe, and followed it to a T. We used it and really liked it. We were really close to running out again, so on this, my usual day off, I made another batch. Not as big as the last time, when I used THIS recipe, which involves dumping whole boxes into a tote or bucket, but for now, this worked well.

Now, MY version of this recipe.

  • 2 Bars Ivory Soap
  • 2 Cups Borax
  • 2 Cups Washing Soda
  • 2/3 Cup Downey Unstoppables (I like the Blue scent)
  • 1 Cup Baking Soda

Shred the soap. I use the food processor with the shredder attachment, but then also the S blade to chop them into smaller bits.

Add all ingredients to a large bowl and stir well.

Place the mixture into a screwtop jar (I use an old gallon pickle jar, but feel free to use something pretty).

Use 2 T of detergent per load. In my initial load, I used OxyClean instead of baking soda, and have continued to use one level scoop per load.

That's it. Super easy, am I right?

Check out my Pinterest Board for homemade cleansers.


  1. I will have to try this! Thanks! <3 Erin @


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