Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe

Here is a simple recipe for the homemade laundry detergent I use.  It makes a huge batch and lasts for a long time!  (Very cost effective considering how expensive laundry detergent can be with the bonus of being free of chemicals and dyes! A WIN WIN!)

All but the Oxo Brite is available at Kroger which I ordered through Amazon.  



  • Borax (1) 4 lb 12 oz box

  • Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (1) 3 lb 7 oz box

  • Castile or Dr. Bronner’s Bar soap (2) bar- (I used the peppermint scented)

  • Arm & Hammer Baking Soda 4 lbs

  • Oxo Brite (1) 3 lb container (I ordered on Amazon) 




Grate the bars of soap (I used a hand grater which was a pain.  Other people use a food processor and say it is much easier- I'll probably do that next time).  Then mix all the ingredients together!! Use 1-2 tablespoons per load. I have a HE washer and just put it in the powder section. 


I store mine in a large glass container I got at Target.  

(Also- for extra dirty clothes I add in 1/2 cup to 1 full cup of baking soda.  You can get a huge bag of baking soda at Costco for a great price.)

Hope this is a helpful solution for everyone!