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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Homemade Laundry Detergent

 After I took this photo, I realized that the Arm and Hammer product on my table is not Washing Soda!  The stuff in my white bowl is however.  I have been having trouble finding it, so I need to do some checking around some local stores rather than 'national' chain stores.

 However my sweet niece in love is such a good Mama and wife and wanting to manage their family budget well.  She is now a stay at home Mom and loves it!  Her Cayden is 19 months and so darling...  She messaged me and asked for my homemade laundry detergent recipe.

Since we were making some today, I thought I would take photos and share the recipe.  It is nothing new, many people use this recipe.

1 bar of soap - can be Zote, Fels Naptha, Ivory we tried Yardley's Lemon Verbena.
1 cup of Washing soda 

1/2 cup of borax
Grate the bar of soap, mix it with the other ingredients and then it is ready to use.  We use 1 - 2 Tablespoons for our wash.  For Tim's inky, greasy work clothes, I add an extra Tablespoon and use the prewash cycle as well.  

My friend jAne mentioned to me a while back that she didn't think her whites were getting as clean with the Ivory so she went back to the Fels Naptha bar.  I haven't had that issue, but on occasion I do use hydrogen peroxide in with my whites as it is a natural 'oxy' bleach, without the chlorine.

We like making our detergent, it is inexpensive and easy.  Rachel and Sarah usually make ours.  Today, I grated a bar of soap, but they did the rest.

Alicia mentioned that she couldn't find the washing soda, I wash thinking that maybe she should try someplace like Trader Joe's or a local grocery, not a national chain.  Anyone in California who could give advice as to where she may find it, please comment!  Thanks!


  1. thanks for the mention. you're sweet. :o)

    i have *no* problem finding washing soda in california. 'course, i live in NorCal so if it's SoCal your niece lives .. hmmm.


  2. Hi! I've been following your blog for a long time! I love reading about your family and faith! You can purchase Arm & Hammer Washing Powder on and the shipping is always free! There is a 6 item minimum order, but I usually order 3 boxes at a time and 3 of whatever their best special is at the time--I love Alice!

  3. Thanks for this post Auntie Dee! I checked Trader Joes, Vons and Target. Only other place would be walmart. I will check out tho.

    Jane--what stores in norcal? Maybe we have some here in socal.

  4. Good morning my sweet friend!

    I have also been making my own homemade laundry detergent for about 4 years now. LUV IT!
    I started with the powder version, but quickly discovered it was not the best one for my particular well water. I then discovered the liquid gel version. LUV IT!

    I have even had friends (when their budget became a bit more restricted) ask me to help them learn to make it. Some of them liked it, others, not so much. Me, I can't live with out it.
    My Bob is an industrial electrician for G.E. here in a plant, and the messes he gets into is beyond words. BUT, pre-treat anything on his clothing with the detergent, and my homemade stain remover, and EVERYTHING comes out of his work clothes. LUV THAT!
    Praise God for showing me all these wondrous things.

    Hope your day is beyond blessed.

    Love & Prayers,
    Have A Peachy Keen Day!


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