19 January 2009

Homemade Laundry Detergent

I was getting tired of regular detergent. Costly, odd smelling, and probably full of chemicals that I don't know anything about. Thanks to my friend, the Internet, I've found a replacement that I adore. Now who would have thought laundry soap could be pretty?

1 bar Fels Naptha soap (grated or in food processor)
1 c. borax
1 c. washing soda
.5 - 1 c. oxi clean

Let washer fill up with a little warm water and add 1-2 T. detergent. Feel free to use more if a large or heavily soiled load. Won't suds, don't be alarmed!

*For easy fabric softener, find a pretty bottle, fill with mostly white vinegar and some water. Just to be nice, add a few drops of rosemary essential oil. Shake well and add vinegar to the rinse cycle. My machine has a little fabric softener dispenser that I just fill up and the machine releases it during the final rinse. Don't worry, it won't make your clothes smell like Easter eggs!


  1. Sounds nice! Is washing soda the same as baking soda?

  2. Actually, I just found your Jan 09 post that explained washing soda. Thank you!