I’ve tried several DIY recipes for cleaners over the years. Some have turned out OK. Others have been a complete failure. I came across a laundry soap recipe on Pinterest last year that caught my eye. I gave it a try with a few minor modifications and absolutely fell in love with the stuff! My clothes smell fresh, and they are cleaner than when I use commercial detergent. Did I mention the cost savings? This batch cost me just under $25 to make, and it will last our family of six about one year.


If you’re interested in trying the recipe out, you can find it here. I changed just a few things. I used Ivory bar soap instead of Zote or Fels Naptha. (Those are the two most commonly used bars in laundry soap recipes, but some of the sensitive skin in our house doesn’t like it much.) I also cut the amount of Purex crystals in half and used the Tropical Splash scent. Instead of a 3 pound tub of oxyclean, I used one of the small jars.

I ran out of my last batch and had to make do with some leftover commercial laundry detergent for a while. I can’t wait to do some laundry now and enjoy my clean, fresh-smelling clothes!

Now, I just need to find a homemade replacement for dishwasher detergent that works well with my hard water…