Once you start cleaning with laundry detergent crafted by your own hands, you’ll never buy overpriced detergents from the store again.
This detergent mix works well in high-efficiency machines and the older, less efficient ones. We have been using it for years at the apartment laundromat without any problems.
These instructions are for an undiluted detergent; meaning you only need a scant 1-2 tablespoons to clean an entire load.
You just need a few ingredients. Two are uncommon, but quite cheap.
The hardest part of the task is grating the bar soap into little flakes. We just use the cheese grater because getting soap all over something hardly counts as making it dirty, right?
Laundry Detergent Ratio
The laundry soap proportions are very easy to remember – it’s 1:1:1
- 1 cup borax
- 1 cup washing soda
- 1 grated bar soap
I mix everything right into the container I’ll be keeping it in which is either a small bucket or pour container like the one pictured here, from this set of three spout containers.
In a securely lidded container you can shake to mix. The detergent smell can be quite strong so it doesn’t hurt to do this step outside.
Use sparingly: 1 tablespoon for a small load, 2 tablespoons for a large.
If you enjoyed making your own laundry detergent, you can make other cleaning products at home too! There is a book available for sale that covers a wide range of cleaning products you can make at home, from floor cleaner to kitchen sink remedies. Get it here!
Cover photo credit: Jackson Boyle