Homemade Laundry Detergent


1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax

1 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda

½ cup Purex Laundry Crystals

One (1) 5.5 oz. Fels Naptha bar

1 quart-sized, wide-mouth Mason jar


Grate Fels Naptha bar into fine shreds (the finer, the better).

Combine and mix all ingredients together in a quart-sized, wide-mouth mason jar.  These pictures (below) have just the Washing Soda, Borax, and Lavender Purex Laundry Crystals.


Mix well.  


The Fels Naptha will add a splash of yellow to your mixture.  Your final product should look pretty much like the picture above.

Use 1-2 tablespoons per laundry load.

Follow this recipe for each quart-sized jar you fill.

32-64 loads per Mason jar

FYI:  A note about the ingredients:

They can all be purchased at your local store (Target, Walmart, etc).  These are the prices and sizes I found at Walmart:

20 Mule Team Borax (76 oz. box) $3.38 (makes 9.5 jars) [$0.35/jar]
Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (55 oz. box) $3.24 (makes ~7 jars) [$0.46/jar]
Purex Laundry Crystals (28 oz. bottle) $4.76 (makes 3.5 jars) [$1.36/jar]; or,
Purex Laundry Crystals (55 oz. bottle) $8.96 (makes ~7 jars) [$1.28/jar]  A better deal for your money than the smaller bottle!
Fels Naptha laundry bar (5.5 oz. bar) $0.97 (makes 1 jar) [$0.97/jar]

All together, with the smaller bottle of Purex Crystals factored in instead of the larger one, your total comes to $12.35, not including tax.

For 1 jar of laundry detergent, lasting for 32-64 loads, that’s $3.14!
In other words, each load is only $0.04 to $0.08!
The leading powder laundry detergent brand (take Tide for example) costs $0.17 a load!  (102 loads for $17.97)


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