Making Homemade Detergent?

I would like to try the homemade detergent that I have read about on this site, with the ingredients, washing soda, borax, and Fels. What is the amount for each one to do a full load? What is Fels? Thank you for any help.


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September 17, 20170 found this helpful

Homemade laundry detergent is popular and there are dozens of sites with instructions available on the Internet.

  • Basic ingredients may vary with some recipes but mostly stay the same. Some prefer one brand of bar soap over another (Fels is a bar soap and available in stores and over the Internet - similar to Ivory).
  • Each batch yields approximately 32 ounces (between 32-64 loads based on how many Tbsp used per load). Ingredients - 1 bar (or 4.5 ounces) shaved bar soap (Dr. Bonners, Kirts Castile Soap, Ivory, Zote, or Fels-Naptha) + 1 cup borax + 1 cup washing soda
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  • Directions - Thoroughly stir together for several minutes. You can take this a step further and blend the mixture in a blender or food processor to create a powder that will dissolve easily even in cold water. Store in a sealed container with a small scoop.
  • To Use: Use 1 Tbsp per small load (or 2-3 Tbsp for large or heavily soiled loads).

Here is a link to full instructions and also a recipe for liquid homemade soap.

April 20, 20180 found this helpful

I use the smallest measuring scoop that comes on the ring. I also make my soap a little different now. I find it very easy and it requires no shaving of soap. Unless of course I find it for a buck or less.


This awesome is at the dollar tree and it's nice. I use this entire container. They have a very good power to it. I use a entire box of borax and washing soda. I will add in scented beads when they have them. There have been times I found a few small packs of the small soaps on sale. I pick up a few and toss it in.

There have been people happy to come get a zip lock bag of my soap. I have yet to tell anyone what it is. I have used this over a few years now. It's truly a blessing to be frugal. Thumbs up.


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