DIY Laundry Detergent

Pinterest got me again!!! This project was definitely something I will NOT regret doing though. I am glad to announce this was NOT pinterest fail!!

It was a bit of a challenge to do this project because I wasn’t really prepared for it. This is definitely one that you need to prep for. To make the 5 gallon bucket of laundry detergent it only took me… 36min total! It was kind of a mess but definitely worth it. Not only was it pretty easy to do but it saves a TON of money and it actually works as a laundry detergent.

I found the instructions from this blog. Check it out and follow the directions because it truly works!

Products and cost:

Fels Naptha Laundry Bar $1.99

Arm & Hammer washing soda $3.59

Borax $5.79 (already had at home)

Essential Oils Orange  $8.18(already had at home)



IMG_4385Shred the Fels Naptha. Do not leave chunks because it wont melt properly.

IMG_4386Add the shredded soap to 4c of hot water. Stir for about 10min. (There should be no chunks left)


Fill a 5 gallon bucket halfway with warm water (40c of water).

Pour in the soap mixture.

Add in 1c borax, 1c washing soda and 1/4oz orange essential oil.

Then you stir the mixture.

Fill the rest of the bucket with warm water and stir it all together.

Then let it sit, covered, for 24hrs!!!!!

My husband came home to this 5 gallon bucket full of detergent. I thought for sure he was going to divorce me lol. Okay, he wouldn’t over something like that, but then again this isn’t my first time doing some crazy project so who knows! Can’t help it! I like saving money and I like trying different things. So, he thought I was crazy and to be honest, I totally thought that I may be losing my mind too (I mean I made a 5 gallon bucket of laundry detergent).

What saved me in the end is that after the 24hr soaking period… Yep, I had to wait 24hrs to see if I truly had lost it haha. So…after the 24hrs I grabbed a 1/2c and tried it out on a load of whites. Guess what…it worked!!!! This basically means that I have the ability to try out any nutty idea I have from now on. Right?!? That’s what I think it means at least.

IMG_4451Putting it into the separate containers got a little messy but it was so worth it. I filled up all 3 empty laundry containers and that drink dispenser!!! Amazing!!!

Best part is that I still have a whole box of Arm & Hammer washing soda, borax and some left of the essential oil. In total you would spend $19 give or take a few for the ingredients, which is that you would pay for just one of those containers, but you now have a lot left over to make more or to use for other projects. I actually use the orange essential oil a lot for homemade cleaning products and even just drop a little bit in the sink after doing dishes. The left over Borax can be used for other cleaning products and silly putty!! I made silly putty for the boys the other day, just need to make a post!

The only thing that I thought was strange about the detergent is that after a few days it starts to separate. Just shake or stir and it’s fine.

Seriously, if you are looking for ways to save and still have a quality product, you should definitely try this!

If you have any questions, please ask away and hopefully I can answer them ;)!

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