MYO Laundry Detergent

Since becoming a SAHM I have tried to find ways to save a few pennies wherever possible. Naturally, the first place I turned was in the grocery aisles… I found the most cost effective and safe place to turn was in the cleaning products I was using. I was using bleach to clean everything than I discovered VINEGAR! I love using vinegar to clean every. single. thing. Then I was on a mission to become Little Suzy Homemaker and make or use as many alternative products as possible. First, I made my own hand soap… I won’t say it was a complete fail BUT it certainly wasn’t a great success. The next experiment was laundry soap. I scoured the web (Thanks to Pinterest) and found this recipe and tweaked it just a tad to my needs. I am probably a little crazy for making such a large batch for my first time but I was putting positive energy into the universe that I was going to love it. All the ingredients together cost a little less than $20 and it will hopefully last me around 9 months. Now as I mentioned in the post reviewing the Eco Soap Nuts I do have a front loading HE washer. I was concerned about it being safe but after more scouring the web the overall consensus was this is absolutely HE safe. My washer does have a removable little tub thing for liquid soap to make room for powder and that is what I use but it does say that it can be placed right into the drum.



1 4 lb 12 oz box Borax (2.15 kg or 76 oz) found in the detergent isle


1 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (1.81 kg) found in the cooking isle (I couldn’t find one this large so I bought 2 2lb boxes)


1  box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz (3 lb 7 oz) found in the detergent isle


2 bars of Ivory Soap (the original recipe does call for 3 bars Fels-Naptha soap, found in the detergent isle, but I found that some people used the Ivory. It is a cheaper option but I assumed it was little more sudsy so I only used to bars to start)


2 small containers of Oxy Clean or store brand Oxy Clean (try to get about 3.5 lbs total (1.58 kg)) found in the detergent isle.
(this is optional)


* Grate your bars of soap

* Add all ingredients into a 5 gallon bucket lined with a trash bag (this is only for easy clean up). I divided the ingredients in half and layered them for easy mixing.

* Mix!

* Than put your new soap into the container you plan on using. I had a huge apothecary type jar to store all of it right on my dryer.

* I used the scoop from the oxyclean to measure how much I need. I usually use 1 scoop but if the load is on the  smaller side I use less (or more if extra dirty)…




I have been using this for a little over 2 weeks and I must say I am so happy! My clothes smell and look clean. I have never used fabric softener but with this soap I have noticed a difference in how soft my clothes have been. It literally took me 10 minutes tops to make it (half the time was spent on grating the bars of soap). I highly recommend anyone to give it a whirl!


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  1. Heather P. -  February 17, 2012 - 8:59 am

    Thank you for sharing!! I have been wanting to do this myself. Just haven’t had tme with moving three times in a year. I will try it after we move this weekend!

  2. Kristin -  February 17, 2012 - 10:45 am

    Thanks for sharing! I have been looking at quite a few of these recipes on pinterest too and especially looking at cloth diaper soap and I have heard good things about some of these, thanks for being brave and trying it for us 🙂

  3. Jessica -  February 18, 2012 - 9:11 pm

    You inspired me. Bought all my materials today.

  4. Kimi -  February 21, 2012 - 11:03 am

    Yay! I need to buy the ivory soap and then I’m ready! Is that safe for CD?

    • Risa -  February 21, 2012 - 11:26 am

      I have yet to try it because I still have a kagillion Eco Nuts left. I have read that it is safe for CDing.

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  6. Aida -  March 8, 2012 - 12:54 pm

    How do you find it working for you now, after a month? Do you forsee this lasting you 9 months?

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  8. Juli -  October 21, 2012 - 7:03 pm

    We’ve been using pretty much this exact recipe for over 6 months. We love it! Just doesn’t do good with cloth diapers

  9. Joy Marie Platt -  October 22, 2012 - 5:04 pm

    To answer the question about is it safe for cloth diapers it is not. Soap should not be used with cloth diapers because it will build up on the diapers and unless u want to have to strip them all the time I would not recomend it. I have not tried the ivory soap with making it, but my hubby works on cars all day so i use the heavy duty bar soap.

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