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Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe for $30 a Year

Updated on April 15, 2016
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All the supplies you need to create laundry detergent for up to a full year.  - yes, really!
All the supplies you need to create laundry detergent for up to a full year. - yes, really! | Source

If you're like me, then you are always looking for ways to cut corners, but not quality. I am a big fan of DIY everything – from recipes to cleaning products.

  • This article contains a tried and true laundry detergent recipe that can be customized a bit to meet your own families needs.
  • It will work and dissolve properly in cold cycles as well, saving you more money. This was very important for me, as we wash nearly everything in cold water. It's more gentle to your clothes as well.
  • This detergent is powerful. You will only need a couple of tablespoons per load max. Seriously! I use it on everything from delicate wash to my hardest to clean laundry (think teenage smelly socks etc) and it works beautifully every time.
  • The supplies to make it will cost around $30–$35 on average, and will vary a bit depending on where you live. Most items are very easy to find, some items like Fells Naptha and Borax are not carried by every store anymore and you may need to do a little digging or purchase online. Double check, because often buying online in bulk will save you money, especially if you use Amazon.

Background:

A couple of years ago, I tried a recipe I saw online. It cleaned well, but ended up leaving flakes all over my clothes. I decided to do what I could to tweak and re-test the recipe. I wanted something that met all of my criteria. It had to clean well, dissolve even in cold water, be gentle on the skin, simple to make, and not cost a lot of money. Simple enough right? Actually, as it turns out, yes it is pretty easy. I mixed a lot of products I used individually and the following is what I came up with.

(You'll see by the poll at the bottom of the hub that over 500 people have voted and the majority have used this detergent recipe as I developed it and have LOVED it.)

Materials Needed

Ingredients:

  • 5 gallon bucket, or a very large container with a tight-fitting lid
  • 1 box of Borax (4lbs 12oz)
  • 1 large box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (3.7 lbs)
  • 1 4lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (or any other brand, if you're penny-pinching).
  • 2 bars of Fells Naptha Soap
  • 1 3lb container Oxiclean Versatile Stain Remover perfume and dye free
  • Optional: 1 13.2 oz Downy Unstoppable in wash Scent Booster. Use this for scent if you want your detergent to have a smell. The other ingredients are natural and perfume free. I'm sure there are other brands on the market of something similar to this you could try. This is just what we used. Go without if you have sensitive skin or allergies and it will still work just as well!

Dial Corp. 04303 Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap - Pack of 4
Dial Corp. 04303 Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap - Pack of 4

Fells Naptha soap is sometimes hard to find locally. Try your local hardware store, or you can purchase it inexpensively online here.

 

Instructions

  1. Empty the Borax, washing soda, baking soda, the Oxiclean, and the Downy (if you opted to use it) into the bucket.
  2. Remove the bars of Fells Naptha from their wrappers, cut them up into very small pieces, and then run it through a food processor until they are ground very fine. This step is extremely important if you want your soap to not leave residue behind. These bars must be ground as fine as you can get them. Once you've processed your soap bars, add this to the other ingredients.
  3. At this point you will want to wear latex gloves and a paper mask to keep from breathing the powder as you mix. Dig in and mix it well for several minutes. Make sure you get all the way to the bottom and really pull it up and blend. As you do you will see the yellowy flecks from the bars of soap and the purple or bluish flecks from the Downy, and it will look very similar to the powdered detergent you buy in the store.
  4. Store it with an airtight lid to hold in the scent. When you do a load of laundry, use only a couple of tablespoons and run it under the water first to dissolve as the washer fills. (This isn't necessary, it will dissolve anyway, but just to be safe I always dissolve my powdered detergents – it's an OCD thing of mine ;))

Notes:

  • There will be a ton of this from this recipe. If you run an average couple of loads a day this mix should definitely last the better part of a year.
  • Remember, do NOT overuse it. You only need a couple of tablespoons per load. I'm sure you'll be skeptical about this initially, but try it. Most of us overuse commercial detergents because they add so much filler and water. There is none of that in this recipe – it's extremely concentrated. You'll be pleasantly surprised just how little it takes to do a very good job. Used properly, this batch will give you hundreds of loads of laundry for a very low initial investment. It's so easy to do, you can't go wrong :).

Feel free to drop me a line in the comments section if you try this and enjoy it.

Homemade Laundry Detergent

This is what my laundry detergent looks like after mixing and this is enough for a full load - about a 1/3 of a Dixie Cup - yes! really! :)
This is what my laundry detergent looks like after mixing and this is enough for a full load - about a 1/3 of a Dixie Cup - yes! really! :) | Source

Other Things to Consider

  • This detergent (without Downy) is fragrance and dye-free and can work great for those with allergies.
  • As mentioned, but it bears repeating: You use very little of this soap to clean a full load of laundry. I like the "good smell" so I add the Downy for extra softness and a nice, clean scent. A tiny bit of this is very concentrated and goes a very long way! It will be difficult to not overuse this at first because we are so accustomed to overdoing commercial detergents that are full of water and other fillers. This is not — it is pure clothes washing goodness throughout.
  • Use it on pretty much anything. However if in doubt, spot test first. Brightens colors and whitens whites.
  • This recipe makes enough for hundreds of loads! :D Enjoy!

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      Christin Sander 4 weeks ago from Midwest

      Sadly, I do not have a recipe for dishwashers as my dishwasher is my teenager ;) lol I do intend to replace the actual dishwasher that broke at some point, but I have other priorities that have to come first.

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      Efficient Admin 5 weeks ago from Charlotte, NC

      Just made my third batch and still love it. Do you have a recipe for dishwasher detergent soap?

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      Christin Sander 5 weeks ago from Midwest

      You're very welcome - good to see you Rajan

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 weeks ago

      Thanks for sharing this homemade laundry detergent recipe. I'm, certainly going to try it out.

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      Christin Sander 5 weeks ago from Midwest

      Hi Christina yes, others have used it and commented on it. It shouldn't be a problem at all.

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      Christina 5 weeks ago

      Is this safe to use with a h.e. washing machine?

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      Christin Sander 3 months ago from Midwest

      Awesome Barb C good luck with it. If you use only the small amount a Tablespoon or so, it should last you a very long time. There is a tendency people have to want to put too much in but this is very concentrated not like the filler in commercial detergents. You can use much less. :)

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      Barb C 3 months ago

      OK, finally got around to mixing up the ingredients and it worked great. I wrote the date we first used our creation on the bucket- Jan 20, 2017. Can't wait to see how long it actually lasts!

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      Christin Sander 4 months ago from Midwest

      Hi Diana,

      None of the ingredients I have listed are liquid. You don't have to add fabric softener because the baking soda softens the water and your clothes naturally.

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      diana.wilson@ssa.gov 4 months ago

      all the softeners are liquid. how do I mix all that in a dry powder mix? thank you.

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      Christin Sander 8 months ago from Midwest

      Thanks so much Angi, I really appreciate the awesome comment :) Soft water seems to be better with every kind of soap in my experience. I have a water softener in my shower and it makes my expensive organic shampoo last twice as long - better lather, use less. I'd think it would be the same for any soft water/detergent or soap.

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      Angi 8 months ago

      My grandma used almost the same but no oxi and not fabric softener. Cause they didn't have that back then. I'm glad to see more people using hand made products. And posting them out for others to use. My Great grandma swore by the Fels Napa soap. There was always a bar by the sink for when us kids made a mess of our Sunday cloths.

      I use essential oils for my fragrance and add empisom salt to it. ES helps with static. I also grate the bars then machine chop to get my Fels in small flacks. In large blankets it don't like to break down as well.

      I like another reader said she likes the dey over the liquid I too am like that. For some reason it just seems to work better but most likely it is the washer.

      This works even better with softened water. But the great thing is it still works awesome with hard water too. Have a great day thanks for sharing.

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      8 months ago

      Has anyone used this in combination with a water softener. We have to have a water softener in our area.

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      Christin Sander 9 months ago from Midwest

      Awesome Barb, I hope it works well for you. If you find it's not strong enough for extra dirty stuff, you can always tweak it a bit too, add more of the oxiclean or fells for stains for example.

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      Barb C 9 months ago

      Thanks for the quick reply, Christin S. Can't wait to try this & start saving money!

      Both the man of the house & I have lots of barn chores. We go through tons of detergent, on really filthy clothes!

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      Christin Sander 10 months ago from Midwest

      Use whatever type you want. I use the Arm and Hammer washing soda but I think any washing soda would work.

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      Barb C 10 months ago

      When the recipe calls for Washing Soda, do you mean Tri-Sodium Phosphate, or the new kind with no phosphates? Here in New York State, you can't buy real TSP washing soda any more, because of the phosphates. Does it matter which kind of washing soda?

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      Christin Sander 10 months ago from Midwest

      Are you keeping it sealed tight? Do you have it a humid area where there isn't good ventilation? You can use it wherever. I put my detergent on top, but I don't think it matters.

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      Kara 10 months ago

      I've made this but mine is starting to harden and stick together? Anyway to prevent? Do you use on top of load or bottom?

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      Christin Sander 10 months ago from Midwest

      Thanks Julie, good to know. I haven't tried that yet, I'm partial to the smell and feel of the Fell's but I'll give the Zote flakes a whirl next time :)

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      Julie Coombs 10 months ago

      You can buy Zote soap flakes and not have to grate the Fels Naptha Bars.

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      Christin Sander 11 months ago from Midwest

      So awesome Peggy, I really want to thank you for coming back here and updating everyone :) That was very nice of you and much appreciated by all I'm sure!

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      Peggy 11 months ago

      I just wanted to update, that I just used my last scoop from the batch I made 11 months ago! It lasted almost a full year with a family of four, although I have to admit that I use a very cheap (1.99$) liquid laundry detergent for our towels, that don't really get dirty, just wet.

      But for the homemade detergent, no one noticed any difference to the expensive stuff you can buy in the stores.

      Great!

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      Christin Sander 11 months ago from Midwest

      Hi Margaret, thanks for your input. I'm happy those two ingredients alone work for you. For me, I prefer the other ingredients as well for the additional stain releasing and removing power. I also wash in cold only so the extra ingredients work well in the cold cycle and preserve our clothes longer.

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      Margaret 11 months ago

      I've found I can get even our dirtiest clothes clean with 1 scoop baking soda and 1/2 scoop Borax. That's all I use -- and we're sheep farmers.

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      Christin Sander 11 months ago from Midwest

      Thanks polly for the dryer tip with the foil. 2 loads a day gets expensive for sure. Hope your family enjoys the recipe.

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      polly 11 months ago

      I can't wait to try your recipe. I have 5 kids and do 2 loads/ day. I saw a comment at the beginning of this discussion about using foul in the dryer. I've Ben putting a ball ofDollar Tree foil in the dryer for a year for static. it didn't have a nice scent like fab. Soft. Sheets do but gets rid of static great, and I save the foil when I fold dried laundry to use again.

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      Christin Sander 12 months ago from Midwest

      Thanks for sharing your experience and feedback Andrew - much appreciated :)

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      Andrew Hoffmann 12 months ago

      I've been using this recipe for two years. I tried commercial detergent at one point and ended up giving it away to a friend. This stuff makes my clothes and sheets feel and smell great.

      I recommend using vinegar as a fabric softener. Cheaper, more effective, and doesn't cover your clothes in wax.

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      Christin Sander 14 months ago from Midwest

      a lot - :) about half a 5 gallon bucket maybe just a little under.

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      Sarah 14 months ago

      Do we know exactly how much this recipe yields? Like approximately how many tablespoons?

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      Christin Sander 14 months ago from Midwest

      You're very welcome Amber - so glad you are enjoying it :)

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      amber n. 14 months ago

      Oh thank you for posting this! I just made this yesterday and it was so easy to mix together. I thought it was going to be difficult. I didn't have a food processor so I grated up the soap fine. It took a lot of arm work, but it turned out just great. I'll be sure to have a food processor next time I make though.

      All in total my costs were $28.12 even with the smelly good crystals. I immediately starting using it. Smells so good and cleans my clothes better than ever.

      Thank you again for sharing!

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      Christin Sander 15 months ago from Midwest

      Many of the comments prior to yours were by people using it just fine in HE washers. I would look through those comments to see how they applied it as I don't have that type of washing machine.

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      Kate 15 months ago

      I have a HE washer. Will this work for that? If so do I put it in the detergent tray of the washer or straight in with the clothes?

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      Christin Sander 15 months ago from Midwest

      Thanks for the tip Rita :)

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      Rita 15 months ago

      I use my vitamix to break up the hand soap to get it fine! Works great and washes well after with no smell! Just pulse the machine and cut up the bars of soap first. Then use a spatula to reach bottom of vitamix! Good luck!

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      Christin Sander 16 months ago from Midwest

      good to know Denise - thanks for sharing :)

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      Denise 16 months ago

      Did you know that Sodium Percarbonate is the main ingredient in oxi clean. 1lb of Sodium Percarbonate has the equivalent cleaning power of 3lbs oxi clean

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      Suzy 16 months ago

      I read all the comments and see that many people have used this in their HE machines. My question is do they add the detergent in the dispenser or directly to the tub?

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      Christin Sander 17 months ago from Midwest

      Many Wal-Marts have started carrying this since I originally wrote the hub, but they didn't used to. Many still don't sadly, but I'm glad it's becoming more available :)

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      jane 17 months ago

      I buy my Fels Naptha at my local

      Wal-Mart.

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      Christin Sander 19 months ago from Midwest

      thanks yheckman :)

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      yheckman 19 months ago

      I used Purex scent crystal for fragrance and will be using 1 bar of zoat and 1 of the other. I add oxiclean in addition.

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      Christin Sander 19 months ago from Midwest

      I use approximately 1 to 2 Tablespoons - depending on how soiled the laundry is etc. You don't need much at all.

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      Alana 19 months ago

      So for a full load in the washer I use two tablespoons? Is that correct?

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      Christin Sander 20 months ago from Midwest

      owlover, if you are having that problem then I would not use this detergent. I haven't had that issue - perhaps if you've already made some, add something to your loads that cut grease? a bit of dawn detergent or something? I have honestly never had a problem, but I do use a food processor to make my powder fine.

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      owlover 20 months ago

      On other websites with same ingredients in the detergent I have seen same issue brought up by a few people. I may put it back in a food processor and make it finer to see if it's the soap???

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      Christin Sander 20 months ago from Midwest

      I have no idea. I've never had spots in my clothes from using this detergent. Perhaps it is your machine or something in the water softener that is doing it.

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      Nancy A. 20 months ago

      I made this minus the Downy. I ground the soap even finer but get greasy spots whenever I use it, especially on my cotton t-shirts. My water is softened...but why the spots??? They look like grese marks.

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      Dee Dee 20 months ago

      I am excited to try this laundry detergent. I have a question if anyone has used in the new front load machines that require HE detergents?

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      Christin Sander 20 months ago from Midwest

      Awesome Veronica :) So glad you are enjoying it so much. I really like the smell of just the Fells too, but I know a lot of people prefer the stronger scent. The scent crystals keep it smelling good for much longer than plain. The ingredients to make this have come down in price too a bit in many areas since I first wrote this hub - a good thing, it means there are demands for the products used to produce it :). Thanks for the awesome feedback you made me smile this morning.

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      Veronica 20 months ago

      Made your recipe this evening. Followed your instructions and used the Downy Unstoppables scent booster in "mist". It smelled divine! It actually smelled really clean and kind of citrus-like without the Downy added at first. I liked the Fells smell really well but added the Downy cuz the combined scent was even more amazing. :-) thanks so much for sharing your recipe! I found it on pinterest and pinned it. Cost me less than 30.00 to make this batch and so worth the savings. I was spending about 6-10 a dollars month or so on commercial detergents like Wisk, Tide, etc. I did the math and thats nearly 120.00 yearly on laundry detergent alone. Your recipe will save me so much money, is better on my washing machine, cleans well and smells great! Thanks girl! U rocked this Floridians socks!

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      Christin Sander 21 months ago from Midwest

      About a tablespoon or a bit more - it's stated in the hub. No, it doesn't make bubbles, it doesn't need to and soaps that create a lot of bubbles are actually harder on your machine.

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      Destiny 21 months ago

      hi! I was wondering how many tablespoons exactly do you use? And is it supplied to have bubbles?

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      Christin Sander 21 months ago from Midwest

      Thanks Angie for the feedback and the support - much appreciated and I'm so glad you've enjoyed it.

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      Angie O'Donnell 21 months ago

      I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this detergent! It works great and saves tons of money! I only changed one thing... I added a whole bottle of the Purex crystals for the scent. Otherwise, it's perfect! So many people have asked me for the recipe and I send them directly here. Thank you for this awesome tip!

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      Christin Sander 21 months ago from Midwest

      Thanks for the information and feedback Alice - much appreciated. :)

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      alice 21 months ago

      Thank you. I've been making my own concoction for a while, but I'm going to try yours tonight. I live in NY and the ingredients were a total of just under $21.00 at Walmart. Your mix adds baking soda, I was making almost the same. One of my kids works in food service so I'm hoping the baking soda helps with scents. I have also used a liquid version, it's just dawn, borax and washing soda, it's all over pinterest, dk where it started, works well too, but you use all cup at a time, it's low suds too. Thank you.

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      Christin Sander 21 months ago from Midwest

      No it doesn't make suds. You don't need suds to have clean clothes, and in fact many of the chemicals that make commercial products foam are hard on your washer.

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      Theda 21 months ago

      I was wondering do the detergent suppose to sud up in the washer? Why I asked cause I made it and it do not make sud. Did I do something wrong?

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      Christin Sander 22 months ago from Midwest

      Good to know about the zote Jenn, thanks for sharing that info :)

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      Christin Sander 22 months ago from Midwest

      I have no idea if it would work as I haven't done that Jenn, but you could try it. If it is a stain remover I'm sure it could work. I have never had problems with oxiclean not removing stains so that's why I use it.

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      Jenn 22 months ago

      Sorry just a quick comment, zote is now starting to make zote laundry soap flakes.

      They sell them at some walmarts or online amazon.

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      Jenn 22 months ago

      I am thinking of making this recipe. I was wondering if instead of oxy clean, which I find doesn't help with stains, I could add Biz laundry booster & multipurpose cleaner?

      I have never tried homemade laundry detergent.

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      Christin Sander 22 months ago from Midwest

      Awesome Peggy! Thanks so much for sharing some alternative ingredients for our Canadian friends :) I appreciate you stopping by to share that. Have a great day.

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      Peggy 22 months ago

      I made my first batch about a week ago and I LOVE it! However, as I live in CANADA, I wanted to add a few things: Instead of the Fels Naptha, which obviously is not available over here, I used the Sunlight Soap bar, which works great. And I grated it with my cheese grater, that makes very fine soap flakes, and I did not notice any residue. Also, it seems like the Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda is not available in Canada, so I did some research and learned, that the the ingredient is sodium carbonate, which is also used in pool chemicals. So I went to my local pool supplier and got me something called "PH +" . This works just great. Everything else is easy to find over here, I´m really happy I found your recipe!

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      Christin Sander 22 months ago from Midwest

      Awesome Shelby - you're very welcome for the recipe. I like your idea of using the smaller bucket to make it easier to handle. The big bucket is definitely heavy at first. Thanks for coming back and leaving feedback - much appreciated.

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      Shelby 22 months ago

      this was so easy to make! I opted not to use the Downy scent booster, and was able to get all the ingredients including the bucket at Walmart for $24. It took like 10 minutes to throw everything together. I found the the bucket and super tight lid are a bit unwieldy to deal with on a daily basis, (heavy bucket, and the lid is not at all easy to open) so I saved the oxiclean tub and its scooper, and I use the scooper in the 5 gal bucket to fill/refill the oxiclean tub with the detergent mixture, and I keep tbsp measuring spoon in the oxiclean tub to measure as I'm doing laundry. Much easier and a good way to recycle some of the packaging. Thanks for sharing this recipe! Its going to save my family around $100 this year.

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      Christin Sander 22 months ago from Midwest

      Awesome Laura thanks for the feedback and I'm glad it's working so well for you.

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      Laura G. 22 months ago

      I made a batch yesterday... I have very sensitive skin. I used white Zote soap instead of the fels and did not add the scent crystals..... I bought some my family can add to their loads if they want. I have a HE machine. And it works great. My laundry came out just smelling clean and I love that!

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      Christin Sander 22 months ago from Midwest

      Yes Susie it is - other commentors have used it and said it was fine.

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      SusieN 22 months ago

      Hi! Is this safe to use in High Efficiency washers?

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      Christin Sander 23 months ago from Midwest

      Thanks for the tip Bryan :)

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      Bryan 23 months ago

      Hey there, try throwing the soap in the microwave for about 2:30. After letting it cool about 15 min, start crumbling with your hands. WAY easier to get small particles. Great recipe though!

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      Christin Sander 24 months ago from Midwest

      Cool BethG, I may have to try this out. I like the powder so well I've never even thought to do the liquid type.

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      BethG 24 months ago

      Boil a little water, add soap shavings and Downey unstoppables. Make sure melted. Fill bucket 3/4 full of warm water. Add all powders stir. Add 1 cup dawn dish soap. Stir. Add contents of pan on stove. Stir. Let sit overnight. Will be thick. Put into empty laundry soap bottles. Liquid soap!

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      Christin Sander 24 months ago from Midwest

      Unfortunately, nothing keeps black from fading forever, but I wear a lot of black and haven't really noticed much difference between this and the store bought stuff. I always wash my dark clothes in cold water though. You might want to try something like woolite for your darks and wash them in cold.

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      Megan 24 months ago

      Does this detergent work well to keep black clothes black? Majority of my clothing is black (goth :P) and I've tried searching for a cheaper way of keeping them black (store bought supposed "keeps blacks dark" junk really has't made much of a difference) but none of the homemade stuff seems to mention if it's safe for dark clothing or keeps it from fading.

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      Christin Sander 2 years ago from Midwest

      You're very welcome Barb so glad it's working out so well for you and in the HE washer as well. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      Barb 2 years ago

      I have been using this for 8 weeks now and I love it. I just purchased an HE washer and it works great in it. I sprinkle it on top of my clothes at the beginning of the wash cycle. Word about this wonderful soap got out in my family, so I've made several more buckets to share. Thanks for sharing!

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      Christin Sander 2 years ago from Midwest

      Awesome Suzi, so glad you and your family are having such amazing success with it :) Thanks for returning and sharing your experience - much appreciated!

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      Suzi 2 years ago

      I made this about 2 months ago and it works great. I have 2 landscapers and a 20 year old son. It handles all the funk and smell. Now I have 2 sister in laws using it and just got my niece to try it. Helping the family save money one laundress at a time

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      Christin Sander 2 years ago from Midwest

      I would imagine you can do it in any kind of mixer, but I would personally refrain from grinding soap in a mixer I use for food. If you can wash it really well and have it not leave any residue behind it should be ok. I have an old food processor I use for making soaps and body products.

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      Efficient Admin 2 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Can the bars of FelsNapa be cut up and grounded in a Vitamix blender to get it real fine?

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      Christin Sander 2 years ago from Midwest

      Awesome Kathy thanks so much for the feedback and sharing your modifications :)

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      Kathy 2 years ago

      I've been using this for years, love it. I keep mine in a snap it container I purchased at Meijer, along with a scoop (1tablespoon) that I bought in the baking aisle. I usually use Zoot instead of FelsNaptha, just for the color, Zoot is pink. This recipe makes enough to fill approx 2 one gallon ziplock bags. You may want to add 1/2 the unstoppables and save or purchase more when you open the other 1/2 of the soap. Personally I prefer not to add because it doubles the cost of the soap. I think the FelsNaptha or Zoot have a nice smell. BTW, my husband is a farmer, this cleans all his dirty clothes pretty well!

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      Christin Sander 2 years ago from Midwest

      Maria - I don't have a front loader, but can't see it being any different.

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      Maria 2 years ago

      What is the measurement for front load washers?

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      Christin Sander 2 years ago from Midwest

      Hi Kenya, use a hand grater like you use for cheese. It's doable just a bit more challenging.

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      Kenya95 2 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      What if I do not have food processor How can I get fill naphtha into powder

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      Christin Sander 2 years ago from Midwest

      You're very welcome Barb - so glad you enjoyed it. Nothing like fresh, soft bedding :)

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      Barb 2 years ago

      I just made a batch of this soap and I am so glad I did! I washed my bedding first and then a load with my night gowns. I love how soft my nightgown feels and my sheets were amazingly soft too. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I found it on Pinterest.

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      Christin Sander 2 years ago from Midwest

      Awesome Courtney, thanks for sharing this. I have thought of using the soap berries I have to make liquid detergent - they are fairly inexpensive and all natural. I love the small amounts of liquid soap I've made with them. I will definitely try your technique for the liquid detergent. I've liked the powder so well I just haven't gotten around to it. I appreciate you sharing it here!

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      Courtney 2 years ago

      I make my own liquid soap with a recipe similar to this. It was 1 cup of borax, 1 cup of washing soda, and 1 bar of Fels Naptha.

      Grate the fels naptha and mix with 4 cups of water on the stove. Stir over medium heat until it's fully melted through.

      Fill your 5 gallon bucket with your borax/washing soda mixture and fill the bucket halfway with hot water. Mix well. Add the fels naptha liquid and then fill the bucket the rest of the way with cold water and stir well.

      Let sit for 24 hours to gel. Then stir well again and fill your detergent container. $12 for 5 gallons of detergent. I even dilute mine again by filling my bottle half with detergent and half with cold water.

      And there is enough borax and washing soda to repeat this 2x more, just have to buy the fels naptha. So for $15 I make 30 gallons of detergent.

      Sometime next year when i finally finish the bucket of detergent I'm working on I am going to try a powder version to see which I prefer.

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      Christin Sander 2 years ago from Midwest

      Nadean I'm sure you could, but it would be pricey to add enough to a batch this large for scent. I use them in my handmade soaps but haven't wanted that expense for laundry detergent.

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      Nadean 2 years ago

      Could you add essential oils for a scent?

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      Christin Sander 2 years ago from Midwest

      Hi Loretta,

      I don't choose to patronize Wal-Mart for various reasons, but when I was last in our local one they did not carry all of the ingredients. I guess it depends on what store you shop. I know my local Dollar General now carries the Borax and scent crystals for less than Wal-Mart. Fells Naptha I've seen in a couple of places also - in a grocery store believe it or not, and the hardware store. I guess it's making a comeback with a lot of people returning to basics to save money. Thanks for commenting.

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      Loretta 2 years ago

      At out Walmart here in out county they have all these stacked together, guess they know what people r making and we don't have to look for it

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      Christin Sander 2 years ago from Midwest

      You're very welcome Azad - glad you enjoyed it and thank you for coming back to comment.

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      Azad Habib 2 years ago from Struer Municipality

      This acturly works, thanks for the recipe, i might invest more into it!

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      wendhy 2 years ago

      Thanks for the quick reply. Will do!

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      Christin Sander 2 years ago from Midwest

      I haven't tried it so I can't really say for sure. If it says you can use it on colors it should be ok, but you may want to try some of it with your regular detergent first to see how it works and if you like it.

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      Wendhy 2 years ago

      Hi, I am very excited to try your recipe this weekend. Have you over used the Oxiclean white revive instead of the versatile? I bought the Revive because it was on sale but now wondering if it will work on colors. The box says its safe for colors but I've never used it. Please help! Thanks =)

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      Christin Sander 2 years ago from Midwest

      glad you found a version you like Kristen. For me I think the oxiclean does a great job on tougher stains.

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      Kristen 2 years ago

      I've used this recipe for a long time but with 3 bars of Fels Naptha and the smaller container of OxiClean (1.3 pounds?). I like that just great.

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      Christin Sander 2 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks Carol, so glad you have enjoyed it :) I appreciate you leaving me feedback.

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      Carol 2 years ago

      Thank you for the great recipe! So far working great! I am thinking about adding an extra container of Downy unstoppables for a bit more fragrance. Thanks again!

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      Christin Sander 2 years ago from Midwest

      Awesome Christy, thanks for the great feedback and I'm so glad it works so well for you. :)

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      Christyl 2 years ago

      I made this laundry detergent and have been using it for a week. I love it and the unstoppables make it smell amazing. I have an HE washer and it works great in it. I wasn't worried because I used to use Tide Pods and I added baking soda, borax and otic lean to most loads anyway. My daughter has sensitive skin and she has not had any reactions to this detergent. I ordered a food processor but I haven't gotten it yet so I just used a cheese grater. It worked perfectly. I don't think I will ever buy laundry soap again. Thanks for the idea.

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      Christin Sander 2 years ago from Midwest

      It deodorizes and it softens water if you have hard water, so I wouldn't leave it out.

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      Julie 2 years ago

      Hi: what does the baking soda do in this recipe? Is leaving it out a bad idea? Thanks!

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      Christin Sander 2 years ago from Midwest

      Hi Erica,

      Others here have used it with HE machines, but I would recommend you check her machine's usage guide to be on the safe side.

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      Erica 2 years ago

      So far, we've really enjoyed it. I love how super soft it makes everything! I will have to agree with the stain fighting aspect. I have a 16 month old, and it's just not strong enough to get all of his stains out. I'm okay with that. I usually try to pretreat his stained clothes anyway. I will try to add more oxiclean. Mine is caking up too, but I live along the Gulf Coast in Alabama, so to get it out of a humid environment, pretty impossible! Ha! I'll take that problem in order to live on the coast! I just use my scoop and loosen it up. Easy as pie! I do have one question though. I was thinking about making some for my Mom, and she has a high efficiency washing machine. Is it safe to use?

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      Christin Sander 2 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks KawikaChann for reading and commenting :)

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      KawikaChann 2 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

      Printing off your recipe - thanks for this, and please keep them coming! Upvoted/useful/follow. Peace. Kawi.

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      Christin Sander 2 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks Elizabeth

      Now that this is becoming popular, the ingredients are less now than they used to be in many areas. Some areas do have a much higher cost of living though so the 30 per year is the high end.

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      Elizabeth 2 years ago

      I paid $6.00 for a container .99 cents a bar for Fells Naptha, $2.50 for Borax and $3.00 for the Arm and Hammer washing soda. .79 for each box of baking soda and the oxy with coupon was .99 a container. I got the Downy from my Aunt who didn't like it. I have been making my own laundry soap for a few years now and I really like this mix. Thanks

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      Christin Sander 2 years ago from Midwest

      you can use whatever you like, but graters are harder to clean and they don't make the powder as fine. Graters work though sure.

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      georgene57 2 years ago

      I've been making liquid detergent for years but I would like to try this recipe because I think it will be easier. Do you think I could use a grater for the soap instead of a food processor?

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      Christin Sander 2 years ago from Midwest

      Hi Susan,

      Thanks for the tip. The foil doesn't get too hot and scorch? That's interesting. I'll have to try that out sometime.

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      Susan 2 years ago

      You can heat some of this dry soap in water on the stove and put in liquid laundry detergent bottles if you prefer liquid soap...I do and I have been using this recipe for a year now...Have no plans to ever go back to store bought laundry soap...If you miss scented laundry, which I don't, You can just use a scented fabric softener....I use balls of aluminum foil in my dryer to get rid of static cling...love that too

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      Christin Sander 2 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks Arlene,

      For the really tough stuff you may want to add more of the oxiclean perhaps? Something with a bit more of the stain fighters. I hope it works for you! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Arlene 2 years ago

      Fels Naptha, Borax, Washing soda can all be found in the laundry aisle at Walmart. Fels is 97 cents, Washing soda was 3.24 and Borax in the same range. I make a liquid with these ingredients but not getting the tough stains out so I am going to try your receipe. Farm dirt is hard to get out.

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      Christin Sander 2 years ago from Midwest

      That didn't happen to me Clarenda, are you perhaps storing it in a humid area where it's getting some moisture in it?

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      Clarenda 2 years ago

      I found that the mixture tended to cake up and was hard to scoop out. I added some cheap store brand detergent to the mix and it had enough anti caking agent in it to make the whole batch work better!

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      Christin Sander 2 years ago from Midwest

      Hi Chris :)

      Thanks for the great comment. I have never seen Zote, but if I do I am going to try it. I'll definitely look into the bleach tablets also. We very rarely use it because I am sensitive to it due to asthma, but the tablet form doesn't sound too bad. As for the other lady you mentioned, she had stolen my hub and posted it on her own site. When I called her on it and made her take it down - she came here to leave her commentary. I don't care if people like my recipes - I do care when they steal my work and pass it off as their own writing ;)

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      Chris 2 years ago

      Hi Christin, first I want to say please don't let people like Cheri bother you. The first thing that stood out to me was that she said she liked her recipe better. What she didn't bother to say was weather she even made your recipe and truly tried it.

      I have been making homemade products for many years now. I have tried many variations of home made laundry soap and I can't find an ounce of difference in any of the ones I have tried. I've made the liquids, I've made the ones with Dawn soap and now I choose to make mine and keep it a powder. The one that is mentioned being made with dawn is very diluted and therefore it is okay to use in your washing machine. My mother who is 80 years old has used dawn for years as a pretreat on stains on clothing and it does work great to help remove most stains.

      My recipe is a little different than yours but we do use all of the same ingredients. I've made mine with Fels Naptha as well as with Zote Laundry soap and I've also tried with the Ivory soap. I found with the Ivory that my clothes were getting a little grayish looking and therefore I won't use Ivory again. I will say there is not a dimes worth of difference in using Fels Naptha or Zote. Both work about the same and to me it all come down to which ever one I decide to use when I get ready to make a new batch. I do wash and rinse in cold water and I also still use bleach on my whites. I'm one of those that want my whites to stay white. As for bleach Wal-Mart now carries a tablet form of bleach and each tablet is equal to 1 cup of bleach. Where I live these are 2.97 plus tax for a bottle of 32, so that's equal to 2 gallons of bleach. These also come in various scents. I love these things and will never go back to liquid bleach and risk splashing that on some colored clothes.

      Again don't let people like Cherri get to you and thanks for spreading the word on making your own home made detergent.

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      Christin Sander 3 years ago from Midwest

      Cheri's Blog - this is not a repost - this is my ORIGINAL hub that you plagiarized and put on your blog. I can't believe you have the nerve to come here and post a comment. No worries, since you won't do the right thing (and you stole my original pictures too) I have filed a formal complaint. Content thieves are unoriginal and have no place on HubPages because we go after plagiarists. It is theft to repost other people's content without their permission period - you know this seeing as how you have a "copyright notice" posted on your own blog. Good grief.

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      Cheri's Blog 3 years ago

      I have been making homemade soaps and cleaners for years, I shared your recipe but I like mine better, thanks though for the repost of this recipe from Several Sites

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      Christin Sander 3 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks for your feedback Ruby, maybe add some more of the oxiclean to your batch then for tougher loads. It works fine on my husbands and teen boys clothes for the most part.

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      Ruby 3 years ago

      I tried this for over a year, did well unless it came to my 15yo's dirty farm clothes and my 13yo's dirty mechanics clothes. It was pitiful on them. Just a warning for those with extra dirty clothes.

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      Christin Sander 3 years ago from Midwest

      That's a good thought Christy, If you do it in a bucket with a lid you could probably shake it too.

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      christy 3 years ago

      I use a garbage bag to mix my ingredients and cut the bag in a corner to cut down on the amount of powder in the air

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      Christin Sander 3 years ago from Midwest

      Awesome Laurie - so glad it's working for you and that you found all the ingredients so cheap. :)

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      Laurie Jo 3 years ago

      Made my second batch. The first was nearly 9 months ago! This batch I added the Gain scent crystals. Bought everything at Wally World. Total cost= Less than 17 cents a load! And that includes the gain beads to make it all smell wonderful! Yay!!!

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      Christin Sander 3 years ago from Midwest

      No problem! I hope you get it fixed soon I know that's a hassle!

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      3 years ago

      Never mind it turns out my machine is not working and not washing sorry

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      Christin Sander 3 years ago from Midwest

      This may be due to not having your Fells ground up well enough. It needs to be as finely ground as possible. Also, it could be an issue with your washing machine. Some have filters that need to be cleaned out. If you used standard soaps prior to this there could be a residue build up. Sorry you're having trouble with it. I don't get any residue or spots and I've used this for over a year now on only cold cycles, so I really don't know other than those two issues what might be the problem.

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      3 years ago

      I have tried the recipe but am having some issues with it. I used two tbs the first load and there was lots of white sticky spots left. I have been trying with just 1 tbs. still get a few white spotty residue and noticed on the last load it didn't remove deodorant residue. Any suggestions

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      Christin Sander 3 years ago from Midwest

      I'm with you on that one Efficient, I would have to look at the recipe first, but somehow I think dish soap is probably not the best idea in the washing machine because of the amount of suds it produces. Most laundry detergents do not bubble up a lot and that makes me a bit leery of it. Of course I have not tried this, so I can't say for sure and it would depend on how much liquid dawn was in the recipe. Because it ends up that you use a full cup of detergent at a time - yet it costs so little, perhaps it is a very watered down soap? I don't know lol, I am very happy with my version so I am sticking to it.

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      Efficient Admin 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I am not sure I would use Dawn Ultra Dish Washing soap in the washing machine.

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      Christin Sander 3 years ago from Midwest

      We like the powder, it's simple to store and with a good airtight bucket/container it holds the scent well.

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      Anita Adams 3 years ago from Tennessee

      I will dry this powder version soon. I followed RTaloni's liquid detergent in a post and it is very good. I think storage may be easier with the powder, though.

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      Christin Sander 3 years ago from Midwest

      I haven't used dawn ultra so I really can't comment on that. My recipe doesn't call for anywhere near a cup per load - that is a LOT, with mine you only need a Tablespoon, so based on that I'd say my version is cheaper. Also, you don't have to add fragrance crystals, that ingredient is optional.

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      StayAtHomeMom 3 years ago

      I recently read a posted hub by jokarenk called "going green and saving money with laundry costs" similar to yours and was curious if you think using the naphtha soap and downy crystals for perfume are cheaper than just using the same ingredients (borax and washing soda) but replacing the bar soap and crystals with Dawn ultra dish soap that was said to have the same effect and can be purchased in different fragrances...I'm just trying to see if it's even cheaper using the dawn with the calculations it was posted to come out to about $.07 a gallon...and to use about a cup per load, what do you think is cheaper?

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      Christin Sander 3 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks so much for coming back to the hub and leaving feedback Kay I really appreciate that. It's nice to know that it works so well with those with HE washers!

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      Kay 3 years ago

      Just finished my first batch and I am about to purchase the ingredients for the next. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this laundry soap. I have and HE washer and it works so much better than the HE detergent that is available! They never got the clothes clean and fresh like yours. It really does only take a couple of tablespoons and the addition of the fragrance pellets makes it so nice. Thanks so much for sharing.

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      Christin Sander 3 years ago from Midwest

      No you need the washing soda. Order it online or call your local home improvement store, they sometimes carry it.

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      jeryn 3 years ago

      Can't find arm and hammer super washing soda. How badly is that needed? Can I do with out it?

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      Christin Sander 3 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks Carol, I had no reason to believe that it wouldn't work seeing that it's low sudsing. Glad you are enjoying it :)

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      Carol 3 years ago

      I have an HE washer and did the research before I tried it. It works fine in HE washers. I add mine in the tub on top of the clothes. I've been using this for my laundry for over 6 months and love how it cleans.

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      Christin Sander 3 years ago from Midwest

      As far as I know it will work in any washer, I've never heard of it not working in any particular machine. It doesn't have a lot of suds, so I would think that would make it ideal for HE washers.

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      texasvirgie 3 years ago

      I have a HE washer will this homemade laundry detergent work in this washer too.

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      Christin Sander 3 years ago from Midwest

      Awesome :) glad you are also enjoying it and yes it should last a very long time.

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      Efficient Admin 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I have now made this laundry detergent and tried it and I'm with you Carey - it seems to clean well with only 2 TBSP and so far I am very happy with it. Thanks again ChristinS for sharing this! My batch will last me a very long time (since it's just me in my household) which will equal many dollars saved in the long run!

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      Christin Sander 3 years ago from Midwest

      Awesome Carey! So glad you enjoyed it and I appreciate you coming back to comment about your experience with it!

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      Carey 3 years ago

      Read it, and decided to try it. Found everything at Walmart, put it together in just a few minutes. I have been amazed at how well it cleans and smells so good even without additional stuff. I will never buy laundry detergent again. Thanks so much.

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      Efficient Admin 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Okay will do!

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      Christin Sander 3 years ago from Midwest

      hope you enjoy it :) use a grater for the fells or a food processor to get it as absolutely finely grated as possible - that's how it works the best.

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      Efficient Admin 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I am just waiting on my Fels Naptha soap to arrive in the mail and then will make this detergent -- I have all the other ingredients and can't wait to try it!! I think half the fun will be actually putting it all together in my 5-gallon drum ! :-)

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      Christin Sander 3 years ago from Midwest

      Hi Amber,

      If your machine requires liquid I would follow your machines recommendations. I did just do a hub on how to make liquid laundry detergent with soap berries / soap nuts. You may want to opt for that instead or give your machines manufacturer a call.

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      Amber 3 years ago

      I have a fairly new HE top loader that requires liquid detergent...the lid locks before water is dispensed. Can I use this detergent? Should I put it directly on top of clothes or pour into the "liquid" section of the washer?

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      seanorjohn 3 years ago

      This is such a great idea. I love the fact that it not only saves money but is better for the washing machine. Voted up.

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      Nancy McClintock 3 years ago from Southeast USA

      Thanks for sharing. Great hub voted up.

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      Jason Matthews 3 years ago from North Carolina

      This is very cool. I had never thought of making my own laundry soap before. Thanks for sharing!

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      Jason R Gray 4 years ago from Falcon, Colorado

      I love using homemade laundry soap. It is better for my young children's skin than even so-called hypoallergenic store-bought stuff. I usually use the grater attachment on my kitchenaid to shred up the bars (I use ivory because I had heard things about fels even besides the petroleum bit) in short order, and much easier to get out than in a blender / food processor.

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      Christin Sander 4 years ago from Midwest

      ajsj thought I should add that this detergent does not create suds - so it should work very well in a HE washer for that reason. Don't let the lack of suds fool you though, this stuff works far better than the bubbly detergents and will be less hard on any washing machine for that reason.

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      Christin Sander 4 years ago from Midwest

      Hi ajsj I don't have a high efficiency machine (yet) but only a tablespoon or two is required for any load. I use an extra large capacity top loading washing machine that is almost 12 years old - and I only use a tablespoon usually - sometimes two if it's a particularly large or soiled load. I don't see why it should be different for your machine, but I would experiment a bit. Thanks for commenting!

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      ajsj 4 years ago

      Thank you! This is terrific. I may have missed something. You state you use a couple of tablespoons per load. Can you tell me how much you would use for an HE washer?

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      Christin Sander 4 years ago from Midwest

      lol Frugal - I agree. I spent years wasting money on detergent before I realized I could do it myself and it would work better than expensive brands ... shhhhh! :) Thanks for reading and commenting - much appreciated.

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      FrugalFatCouple 4 years ago from California

      I know just a few companies that hope the word doesn't get out on this! Great info~!

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      Christin Sander 4 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks for the comment and tips Ravensbrood - much appreciated. I haven't done a liquid version of this yet, I think the powder works great. I will try your trick with the Fells next time also. I did cut it into several small pieces before putting through the processor - you def need a processor for it. Thanks :)

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      Ravensbrood 4 years ago

      I have been making homemade liquid laundry soap now for a couple of years and liked it, just didn't like the time consuming "cooking" part(melting of all the powders and grated soap) and then waiting for it to set. Love the recipe just dump and go. FYI I found a way to get the fels naphtha - baby powder fine. Cut the bar into 6 squares place a paper plate and microwave for 2 min. Let cool break

      apart then puy it in the processor. I only grate my soap this way now

      It blends and melts 75% faster. Sometimes I would also add a bar of ivory to the mix if I was short on fels.. Hope the microwave trick helps.. Just be aware the ivory soap puffs up like a cloud. It is fun to watch and the kids think it is cool. If I have extra put it in a jar and use it for delicats in the sink? There are site on microwaving sops if you need a step by step.

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      Christin Sander 4 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks for the vote up and the tweet Dolores - much appreciated and let me know how you like it when you make it :)

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      Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I love this and just happen to have some large buckets on hand! I remember way back, blondes used to use Fels Naptha as shampoo. Never tried it. But this recipe sounds great and I love to make my own stuff. Voted up and tweeted!

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      Christin Sander 4 years ago from Midwest

      thank you for the up vote and pin. This stuff has no issues with dissolving my hubby throws it in and doesn't dissolve it first and we've never had residue on the clothes so I am thrilled with it - and in cold water even! :)

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Fantastic recipe! I'm going to have to make this whenever our current tub of powders detergent runs out. I too have the OCD thing about dissolving the powder first before adding clothes ^_^ It bugs the heck out of me when I see my husband put in clothes before adding detergent, lol. Voted up and pinned!

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      Christin Sander 4 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks for the comments sharkye11 and cloverleaf I appreciate it and let me know how you like it when you try it. We LOVE it.

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      Healing Herbalist 4 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      I like the sounds of this. Thanks for sharing!

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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Sounds great! Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipe!

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      Christin Sander 4 years ago from Midwest

      Sharkye I don't know for sure about engine grease, but I do know I use it on my messy toddler's clothes and my teen boys clothes and they come out beautifully. For grease, you can rub plain chalk on the stains first and that should loosen the grease and allow this detergent to do its thing. I use it on every load and have had no problem with anything not coming out clean. Thanks for commenting :)

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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wow! Very helpful article! I also wash in cold water and am always trying to find soap that will dissolve and clean. I have a messy toddler and a husband that does mechanic work. Would this soap handle food stains and grease?

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      Christin Sander 4 years ago from Midwest

      Hi Mandy M S thank you for reading and commenting. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I hope this detergent works well for you. I know our laundry smells so good with this - we absolutely love it. Best wishes!

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      Mandy M S 4 years ago

      As a family of 6 I'm always looking for ways to save some money. I really like this recipe over others because it has the scent booster in it and I really enjoy having heavily scented laundry. Sometimes it's the only way my kids smell good. lol

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      Christin Sander 4 years ago from Midwest

      thanks for commenting I appreciate it and hope it works well for you.

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      roxygurl464 4 years ago from New Jersey

      I wish I saw this hub yesterday. I just bought a brand new jug of detergent. However, as soon as that is done, I'm trying this out! Thanks for the awesome advice!

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      Christin Sander 4 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks for the vote monica I hope you enjoy the recipe.

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      monicamelendez 4 years ago from Salt Lake City

      This is awesome! Up and useful!

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      Christin Sander 4 years ago from Midwest

      thanks for the votes KoffeeKlatch I appreciate it and hope it works well for you.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I will definitely try it. It sounds like it has all of the right ingredients. Up, useful and interesting.

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      Christin Sander 4 years ago from Midwest

      I agree tebo. Call around a bit for the Fells, but someone should carry it. The other stuff should be easy enough to find pretty much anywhere. Hope you enjoy it and thanks for commenting :)

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      tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand

      This sounds great - reasonably easy to make and well worth a try. I shall check out supplies to see if they are available here. Thanks for the information. Its always good to make your own things at least you know what is in them too.

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      Christin Sander 4 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks for commenting Efficient - the addition of the oxiclean should help with stains, also with Fells, you can keep a bar on hand to run directly into stains, and chalk - regular white chalk like you write with will remove a grease stain if you coat it with chalk before washing :) - hope you like the recipe and it works well for you.

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Great Hub. I use a mixture of Fels Nappa, Borax and Washing Soda and notice it does not get the stains out very well. I may try this recipe instead. Voted up, useful. Thanks for sharing.

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      Christin Sander 4 years ago from Midwest

      Thank you Angela - I'm hoping you'll love this as much as I do. I appreciate you commenting :)

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      Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

      You must have read my mind -- I'd just searched the internet for homemade laundry detergent recipes -- and glory be -- there you are with this wonderful and informative Hub. I plan to give this one a try -- thanks so much. Best/Sis

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      Christin Sander 4 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks for the comment Healthy, I'm sure you could probably replace the Fells with a different laundry soap bar - but I like how Fells works for cleaning and indeed, it is only a very small amount. You could even try with just one bar.

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      Karla Iverson 4 years ago from Oregon

      Great hub! Just a note, in case anyone is concerned about the use of Fels Naphta soap. It no longer contains any petroleum products. It does, however, contain titanium dioxide. If you're concerned about using this soap, a material safety data sheet is available on it. For two bars of soap a year, I'd use it. As a matter of fact, I will be trying this recipe.

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