Does the price of clothes washing detergent give you the “tom tits”? Do you get annoyed when it is time to buy more laundry detergent and you don’t get any change from $20 for a 4 litre liquid detergent? I do and I get sick of the bs advertising where they giveĀ the detergent anĀ earth friendly name to fool the consumer that the manufacturer is environmentally sensitive.

I’m going to make my own home made laundry detergent.

receipt for home made laundry detergent ingredients

Receipt for 3 of the 4 items


  • Find a recipe for laundry detergent
  • Buy the ingredients
  • Make the detergent
  • Use it
  • Write a blog post about it

The fourth item is Borax which costs about $4 from Coles. My total expenditure is $12.29

Recipe for home made laundry detergent

Ingredients for home made laundry detergent

Ingredients: 1 bar of soap, grated; 1 cup Lectric washing soda; 1/2 cup borax; some Bi-carb soda

Grater to grate the bar of soap Grated Soap for home made laundry detergent

Grate the soap. I used the fine tooth on the grater and the soap ended up looking like Parmesan cheese. It surprised me as it had quite a pleasant fragrance.

Add the cup of washing soda and 1/2 cup of borax

add washing soda

add borax






adding bi-carb sodaIf you want to make the mix stronger, add a small box of bicarb-soda to the mix. I wasn’t sure what a small box measured so added about 1/2 a cup.

Mix together and store in a sealed container. I used the trusty old 2 litre ice cream container. I’m running out of them so will have to hook in to some more ice cream.

All ingredients for home made laundry detergent mixed together

The finished product

There is about a kilo of finished product in the container.

Amount to use

3 small teaspoons per wash


The recipe for this home made laundry detergent came from Warm Earth magazine. The writer said it was a tried and tested recipe from their place.

We used the recipe as soon as it was made. I thought it was great in the washing. Now ladies, just don’t think this is some dopey old bloke’s opinion. My lady friend was kind enough to do the washing and her opinion was she couldn’t tell the difference from the previous load using a commercial washing liquid. Rest my case.

I hope you have a go at making this laundry detergent. I have enough ingredients left over to make another 3 batches.

If enough people start looking for alternatives to commercial products, then maybe manufacturer’s will wake up and realize that they have to provide value for money and stop looking for ways to provide the cheapest cost item for the greatest price backed by marketing and advertising to brainwash the consumer.