THE BEST DIY Laundry Detergent- Affordable and Amazing!

Hey y’all! So, I’ve been away for a while because well… life! Things are getting super hectic around the McClary household but I’m back and I promise I won’t abandon y’all for so long ever again! Ok, well I mean it might happen but it won’t be on purpose! THAT I can actually promise!

I’m gonna jump right on in with somewhat of a rant. Our budget is pretty dang tight right now due to pretty much all of our annual memberships being up for renewal within the month. We briefly discussed discontinuing some of our services to be better in line with Dave Ramsey’s budget theme and kick butt on our debt snowball but that idea quickly flew out the window because I NEED Amazon Prime in my life for a million reasons (and yes, it does save me money!) and AAA Roadside Assistance is necessary to keep me from murdering my dear sweet loving husband who has this absolutely adorable habit of locking our keys in the car!

To say I’ve been stressed out over this is a massive understatement. I’ve written out, erased, thrown away and started over probably eight different budget plans and I FINALLY had it nailed down and perfect………….and then we ran out of laundry detergent. Y’all I actually had a meltdown. Brandyn wanted to just buy a small bottle of liquid detergent to get us through this rougher time, but I just couldn’t bring myself to abandon my DIY laundry detergent that saves us so much money for one bottle that would cost us $8 and last maybe two months maximum. So, I hit the drawing boards again and managed to squeeze out $28 which is exactly what I needed to purchase all my ingredients. $28 might sound steep for laundry detergent BUT this stuff lasts our household (Brandyn, myself, and three dogs) THIRTEEN MONTHS!

I can’t say enough about this laundry detergent. It gets our clothes so clean and makes them smell amazing! You only have to use 2 tablespoonsful of the powder for a large load because it’s so concentrated! It’s safe for HE washing machines as well! This stuff is seriously my favorite DIY I have ever done and I will continue making it forever!

Let’s get into it…

Here’s the line-up: Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda, Purex Crystals, Arm and Hammer Baking Soda, Borax, OxiClean, and Fels-Naptha.
Grate the two bars of Fels-Naptha. I use a box grated but I have heard that a food processor works well too!
Dump everything into a big ‘ol bucket and mix it all up!
Once it’s all mixed up we fill up the Purex bottle with our laundry detergent (it just so happens that the top of the Purex lid has measurements and the first line is 2 tablespoons which is just what you need of this laundry detergent for a normal size load of laundry!), more goes in the OxiClean container, and the rest stays in the five gallon bucket until we are ready for a refill!


  • Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda – 55 oz box – $6.21
  • Purex Crystals (fabulously fresh is my favorite scent but you can use whatever you like!) – 48 oz bottle – $7.87
  • Arm and Hammer Baking Soda – 4 lb box – $5.10
  • Borax Detergent Booster – 4 lb box – $7.24
  • OxiClean (we like the odor blaster because we have dogs) – 3 lb container – $7.56
  • Fels-Naptha (2 bars) – 5.5 oz bars – $3

GRAND TOTAL (before tax) – $36.98!!!

***costs are subject to change depending on where you live/shop***


  • Grate the 2 bars of Fels-Naptha
  • Dump everything into a five gallon bucket or other similar large container (with a lid that seals well) and mix with a sturdy spoon or shake it up to mix well! I have even added half of the ingredients at a time and mixed a little at a time before I had a big strong man around the house!



I hope y’all try out this DIY laundry detergent recipe and I hope you love it just as much as I do!

Love always, Stacy xo

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I wear many hats on daily basis but a few of my more notable titles include: wife, dog lover, coffee addict, budgeter, organizer, and a bookworm.

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