Make Your Own Laundry Detergent with Scent Like Tide and All Surf
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Save "loads" of money by making your very own detergent that is very easy (I can make mine in less than 10 minutes) and have it be very effective in gently cleaning your clothing!
Recipe type: Household
Serves: 80
  • 1 bar of Fels Naptha Soap
  • 2 cups of Super Washing Soda
  • 2 cups of Borax
  • 5-6 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil (or other fragrance if you prefer)
Step #1 - Prepare your Fels Naptha:
  1. Microwave your Fels Naptha soap bar for 30-60 seconds to soften the bar. It will not create the cool meringue marshmallow growth like Ivory does, but it will certainly be easier to deal with when it is softer :) In addition, it leaves a nice clean smell in your home.
  2. Then cut it into cubes and stick it in a blender/food processor
  3. You will note some recipes encourage you to grate your soap; I really don't like to grate it as I prefer softening and then blending. So yes, some might refer to this as the "lazy way" but I prefer to think of it as the "very busy, yet very productive mom way!"
Step #2 - Blend in the Borax and Washing Soda:
  1. With the Fels Naptha softened and cubed, next add your 2 cups Borax and 2 cups Washing soda. I actually add 1 cup of each of these at a time, so start with 1 cup of the Washing soda and blend, then 1 cup of the borax and blend and then repeat!
  2. Continue blending until you see uniform mixture.
Step #3 - Add scent:
  1. Drop in 5-6 drops of Lavender Essential Oil into the mixture and then blend for 20-30 seconds one last time to that the fragrance is evenly distributed.
  2. Your final product will be a nice fluffy peach-colored powder detergent that smells great and works well! We store it in a #10 can in our laundry room! The end product will yield 40-80 loads worth of detergent!
Disclaimer: Before using any homemade laundry detergent, please be sure to test it on a small piece of clothing first.
Recipe by The Thrifty Couple at