DIY: Laundry Detergent


There are two things that are never changing in our house.

  1. We generate A lot of laundry each week
  2. Our laundry Smells. Really. Bad

I know dirty laundry is not supposed to smell like roses; however, we are a house full of sweaters and hormonal teens. (Sorry guys, but you know it’s true) To say that our dirty clothes and towels smelled, would be an understatement.

Each week we would wash the clothes with one of those leading store brand detergent’s (the one in the Red bottle), the clothes would come out of the dryer smelling clean, but the minute we started wearing them, there would be a skunky smell.  I was so frustrated.  This was happening week after week.

We were even throwing our clothes away because we couldn’t get the smell’s to go away.

I began doing a little research and found that you could make your own detergent.  Skeptical, doesn’t come close to my feelings on if the detergent would work for us.  If the Red bottle couldn’t get the smell out, how was homemade detergent going to do any better?  We made a batch and the rest as they say is history.  Our version of quality control testing was to send my husband out to do yard work in 90 degree, NC heat for a few hours.  We could not believe how well it worked!  Not to mention, making your own, cost’s a fraction of the price of the red bottle.

This is how it’s done:

Not sure what  Thieves Household Cleaner is or where to get it? (Read All About It Here!)

Seriously, that is it!  The best part is coming up!  Let’s take a look at the price comparison.

The Red Bottle cost is around $17.97.  It does approximately 96 loads of laundry, costing you .19 a load.

The homemade mix ingredients cost is $14.94.  It does approximately 200 loads of laundry, costing you only .07 a load.



My Recipe

Prep Time: 10 mins
Yields: 200 loads of laundry


  • 1 Box of Borax
  • 1 Box of Super Washing Soda
  • 6 Bars of Fels-Naptha Soap
  • 1/2 Cup Thieves Whole Household Cleaner


  1. Cut the soap into cubes and process in food processor, using the shredder blade.
  2. In your storage container mix together borax, washing soda, and shredded soap.
  3. Once mix is thoroughly combined, add in Thieves cleaner. The liquid will make the mixture slightly sandy in texture.
  4. To Use: For lightly soiled clothes use 1 TBSP. For clothes like ours, use 2 TBSP

Additional Info

Works great on front loading/HE washers.


User Rating

5 (1 Votes)



You May Also Like