• DIY: Detergent recipe

    My first blog post is about SAVING MONEY on detergent. Why spend your hard earned money buying detergent when you can make you own for “penny’s on the dollar”. I came across a recipe that I’ve been using for some time that works great.  For only $30.00 you can make a year supply of detergent. By making your own detergent, you’re not only saving money but helping our environment by not supplying our landfills with plastic bottles, pollution and cost of shipping.

    I hope you find this information helpful.

    Recipe is below


    DIY Detergent

    You will need the following ingredients and supplies

    • 3 bars Fels Naptha Soap – grated (by hand or old food processor) = 1.33 x 3 bars (purchase at Target, Walmart or any Discount Dollar Stores)
    • 1 box Borax =  76 ounces
    • 1 box Washing Soda = 55 ounces
    • 2 c. Baking Soda = 1 box
    • 2 containers of Oxyclean = 2 buckets (Dollar General or Family Dollar Generic)
    • 1-2 containers of Purex Fabric Softener Crystals = 28 ounces (I prefer the lavender scent)
    • 5 gallon bucket for mixing or 2 kitchen trash bags, doubled for tossing

    The process: Grate Fels Naptha Soap and pour all ingredients into bucket or trash bags.  Stand back or use a dusk mask and mix with a long metal spoon in a bucket or toss in trash bags. Store in closed container.


    *Use 1/2 cup per large load
    *Note: the oxiclean will come with a scoop and you could recycle it and use 2 scoops=1/2 cup for large load.
    *Supply will last approximately 1 year



6 Responsesso far.

  1. Bridget says:

    Hi, Thanks for the recipe. I will try it out.

  2. Betty Harper says:

    Great idea. Spending a little time and save a lot of money.

  3. Corrinne says:

    How long/ how many loads would you say this lasts? I have apartment appliances so i’m sure it’ll last a little longer in mine as they are smaller than typical.

    • missloretta says:


      Of course, it depends on how much you wash. For a two person household I would say it lasts for about six months.
      Try it out and let me know how long it takes you.

      Great question,
      Miss Lorettann1nn1

  4. Corrinne says:

    Also how much would you say all of those supplies cost?