How to Make the Best Homemade Laundry Detergent {DIY}


I came across some photos today and I thought I’d share how amazing homemade laundry detergent is (and homemade fabric softener and homemade stain remover).


Two years ago (today), my youngest turned one. We had a big party at our house and had a great time!


When it was cake time, I took off his “Birthday Boy” outfit and put on his matching “Birthday Boy” bib. It was super cute!


That evening, I considered washing this cute white bib, covered in chocolate cake and yellow frosting. I decided not to since I didn’t have any stain remover and I didn’t want to permanently ruin this adorable bib. I tossed it in the bottom of the laundry basket and there it stayed.

dirty bib

Three months later I learned how to make homemade laundry detergent, fabric softener, and stain remover. The first thing I wanted to try them out on was the birthday bib! So I bravely treated the bib with the homemade stain remover and threw it in the washer with the homemade laundry detergent and fabric softener.

clean bib

To my surprise, when I pulled the bib out of the washer, it looked like new! I couldn’t believe it. And to think these products were homemade, chemical free, and so much cheaper than buying them at the store.

What you will need to make homemade laundry detergent: a bar of soap (Fels-Naptha, Ivory, or homemade soap), washing soda, and borax.

 laundry detergent

Grate 1 bar of soap (I used Ivory soap) in a medium size container.

 laundry detergent

Add 1 cup of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda and 1 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax. Thoroughly mix all ingredients and you’re done!

Use 1-2 tablespoons of laundry detergent per load.

Homemade Laundry Detergent
A cheaper laundry detergent that works great with no harsh chemicals!
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  1. 1 bar soap (Fels-Naptha, Ivory, or homemade)
  2. 1 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
  3. 1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
  1. Grate the bar of soap in a medium container.
  2. Add washing soda and borax to the grated soap.
  3. Mix ingredients thoroughly.
  1. Use 1-2 tablespoons of laundry detergent per load.
The Do It All Mom
This homemade laundry detergent works wonders on clothes, but I also used homemade fabric softener and homemade stain remover. Together, they are amazing!


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