Easy Laundry Detergent

Laundry Detergent

I’m not reinventing the wheel… You know this recipe.  It’s tried and true and good.  Do I prefer it over the perfumed varieties sold at the stores?  Actually, yes!  Whenever there are difficult stains or smells, I found this recipe to work – actually FAR better than the perfumed kinds.  Best part?  It cleans any foul smells your machine might decide to contain.  For those of you with a side loading washer, that’s important.

Yes, it DOES work with HE washers, and I know for sure, as I own one.  It has low suds, so it won’t mess with your machine.

Some recipes will tell you to use a grater for the Fels-Naptha soap.   Are you kidding??  I don’t have time for that, so I used it in the food processor.  YES… please wash it thoroughly in the dishwasher to ensure a clean machine afterward.   Thank you.


  • 1 cup of washing soda (Arm & Hammer)
  • 1 cup of Borax
  • 1 bar of ground up or shredded Fels-Naptha soap (sold at grocery stores)
  • Air tight container


Grind up Fels-Naptha soap in a food processor.  Add Borax and washing soda into air tight container.  Add soap.  Lock lid down and shake container to mix it all together.


1 TBSP per load (or more if you have a smelly load!)


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