homemade diy laundry detergent {pinterest finds friday}

happy pinterest finds friday! we made it another week, a week that has been filled with great smelling, clean (not completely folded) laundry.  i have been testing out my homemade laundry all week and have to say, it actually works! it didn’t take any time at all to make and only uses 1-2 tbsp per load.  talk about cost savings!!

here was the inspiring pin.  there are so many out there floating around.  i plan to try the lemon scented natural one next.  next being a while from now because this batch will last me a long while.

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here are my supplies.  most came from walmart.  i ordered the zote from amazon because, well it was cheaper and we are amazon prime members so free shipping.  no need to twist my arm.  i found this cheese grater at a thrift store (yay! for my soul mate thrift store friend. thrifting with her, especially on her birthday, is the absolute best!) i decided i didn’t want to use the same grater that i use frequently in the kitchen.  i didn’t read anything against this, it just felt like the best thing to do.

note, after i used my thrifted grater, i have decided it is actually nicer than the one i use in my kitchen. i am now on the lookout for a grater like this for my kitchen now.

not pictured is the large dog food container that i will store the laundry detergent in.  i bought the smaller container (above) to keep on my laundry room shelf. the excess container will be stored in a linen closet near the laundry room.  easy peasy.  the more time consuming part of making your own homemade soap was grating the bars of soap.  but lets be honest, it took maybe 5-7 mins.  it takes me longer deciding how to wear my hair each morning.

here is what you need:

1 (4 lb 12 oz) box of borax- found in the detergent aisle
1 (3 lb 7 oz) box of arm & hammer super washing soda- found in the detergent aisle
1 (3 lb) container of oxyclean- found in the detergent aisle.
2 (14.1 oz) bars of zote soap- you can also use fels naptha
1 (4 lb) box of arm & hammer baking soda
1 (55 oz) bottle of purex crystals fabric softener- found in the detergent aisle

grate the two bars of soap. pour all ingredients into large container and mix. then i poured into a smaller container, easier for me to deal with on an almost daily basis.

our towels are soft and smell fresh, which is really my favorite part of laundry.  clean towels.  ahh.

we have a front loading, high efficiency washer.  i use 1 tbsp for all of our loads and it has worked great.


I have a front loader do you put it in your drawer or in with clothes? My washing maching poured water from top on to floor.


my wife makes homemade laundry detergent on occasion. It usually last us a couple of months. It's definitely a great money saver.


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 @JenapherHiltonGriggs Oh NO!  I have a front loader as well.  I put it in the sliding drawer like any other detergent and have never had any problems.  I do only use 1 tbsp of detergent.  I hope that helps figure out what went wrong :/