Homemade Laundry Detergent with Fabric Softener


Homemade, beautiful, fantastic, the best ever laundry detergent! Ok, so you’re going to think I’m weird. Wait a minute, if you’re still following my blog you’ve probably already figured out that I’m a little weird and evidently you’re ok with that, since you’re still here! lol! Since it was time for me to make my all natural home made laundry/fabric softener detergent, that I love, I thought I’d share with you how I do it. Just in case you wanted to give it a try.

I’ve studied how to make your own laundry detergent for about 8 years now and after many trials and errors this is the one I love the best. I found the basic recipe sometime ago, but I’ve changed it quite a bit and discovered some tricks that makes it work really well. As you know my grown up kiddo has severe reactions to petro based chemicals which meant we had to remove these products from our daily lives. This included laundry detergents and fabric softeners. When I went to buy products that were fragrance free I found that they were both costly and not very effective so I went on this journey of trying to figure out how to do it myself. The first thing I thought of was my grandmothers generation and wondered how did they do laundry without purchasing the already made product? I went about researching that. It turns out that most laundry detergents are based on a very simple product that has been used for a great many  years. Those products are borax and super washing soda, but to mass produce laundry detergent, to make it really cheap to produce and to make it appealing to be purchased, a large amount of petro based chemicals were added to make the laundry detergents we find today on the grocery shelves.

IMG_0982    The other amazing thing I discovered is that it only takes 1 hour every 6-9 months to make this stuff along with the products needed, it costs my family of 3 adults, 2 dogs and 1 cat about $1.00 a month. Wow! I was amazed. Next, I found it to be the best laundry detergent I’ve ever used, so we’ve been hooked ever since. I hope you enjoy my tutorial on how to make your own laundry/fabric softener! Are you ready? Here goes.

First, here’s what you’ll need ( a full list in order is at the bottom of this page)

IMG_0985 borax (found at most stores)


Super washing soda ( normally found in the cleaning or laundry aisle, I’ve found it at walmart and kroger or smiths)


Clear glycerine soap, this is very important, I’ve tried all sorts of other soaps and nothing works well like this. It needs to be clear glycerine soap. I find mine at hobby lobby and Michaels,(always use a 40% off coupon!) I use half of this per batch of laundry detergent.


Shea butter 1/2 cup, yes, I know it sounds weird but it really works!

IMG_0988 Cocoa butter, 1/2 cup, yes I know another weird ingredient but it’s fantastic.

I found both these products online thru Dr Adorable inc.( I do not receive any promotional anything from any company, I’m just sharing what I know)

IMG_0991 This size soup pan.


A canning pot, 4 cup liquid measuring cup, a spoon a mixing bowl.


Dry measuring cups, and essential oil, I love orange for this.


It’s absolutely imperative you have a submersible blender for this project.


Lastly, you’ll need containers that will hold about 40 cups of liquid. I know these containers seem odd for laundry detergent, however I don’t like to pour it out, I prefer to just get a scoop out to place in the washing machine. Like this

IMG_0995 It only takes 1/4 cup per large load. (do you like the black paint on my pinky? seems like I always have paint on me somewhere!)

Ok so now, how to make this!

Here’s the recipe,

!/2 package(16 ounces) clear glycerine soap

1/2 cup shea butter

1/2 cup cocoa butter

2 cups borax

2 cups super washing soda

30 or so drops essential oil

40 cups of water

How to make it, here we go..

First take the soup pan and put 4 cups water, the glycerine soap, the shea butter and the cocoa butter on the stove and bring to a boil(this is important to get the final product, it needs to boil in this stage) cook until the oils and soap have dissolved. then take it off of the heat and stir in your essential oil. Next put the 2 cups borax and the 2 cups of super washing soda into the mixing bowl. Then take the hot soap/shea butter/cocoa butter and water mixture and pour it into the large canning pot. Plug in your submersible mixer, pour the borax/super washing soda into the large canning pot and start blending, blend well, then you begin adding the rest of the water, I do this 4 cups at a time, each time I add the 4 cups I blend like crazy, (don’t let it splash in your eyes)  I do this until I reach the total of 40 cups of water (which will be 36 cups) and it’s finished! Lastly, transfer this  fabulous laundry detergent/fabric softener to your containers!


The shea butter and cocoa butter acts as the fabric softener. I’ve used this for 5 years, in old washing machines and for 3 years in the new fancy ones as well. The only drawback I’ve noticed is that over time sometimes the whites don’t stay super white. It doesn’t bother me but it does bother my husband so, I use a fragrance free bought laundry detergent for his whites, but I add a bit of my detergent along with the bought product just so his clothes stay soft( and it does a better job cleaning the clothes as well).

AS ALWAYS, keep these products out of reach from children., they are natural but not good for anyone to ingest or get in their eyes, so please be careful.

I started out by saying this is weird, because it hits me as funny that in my art studio, you never know what I might blog about! Have a happy time making the best and most inexpensive laundry detergent! Remember to only use 1/4 cup per load!

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