Monday, February 17, 2014

HE Laundry Detergent Recipe

Who doesn't like a laundry detergent that cleans and lasts?

I have been making my own laundry detergent since summer of 2012.
This is by far the best laundry detergent I have used and the LEAST expensive too. I have purchased all the ingredients only once and I have not ran out of detergent yet. If you are using a HE washer, this laundry detergent is for you.

You will find many recipes on pinterest but this one is my absolute favorite.


1 Bar Fels-Naptha or Zote Soap (grated and pulverized)
1 Cup Washing Soda
1 Cup Borax
1/2 Cup Oxi-Clean (optional)
1/2 Cup Purex Crystal (optional)


I do not grate my soap by hand. Instead, I use my food processor with the fine grater attachment and load the soap up and voilĂ ! Job Done. Than I transfer the soap into my Ninja Blender (because it has 2 blades) and pulverize the shredded soap until it looks almost like a coarse/fine powder.
Pour the soap powder in the large glass or stainless steel container you will be using to store your laundry detergent and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well, shake the container if you want and that's it. Your laundry detergent is ready to be used.

You only need a very small amount of this mixture per load. ONLY USE 1 to 2 Tablespoons. A small amount goes a long way. I have never had any problems with my laundry not feeling or looking clean with just 1 T of this detergent! I will only use 2 T if I am doing a very large load of laundry.

This detergent suds very little but do not worry about your clothes not getting clean because there are no bubbles in the water. More suds does not mean cleaner.

If you have any questions or concerns or need more information about this recipe, please leave me a comment and I will be happy to help.

FYI: I have purchased every ingredient on this list at walmart and the cost was very low.
This detergent has lasted me one and half years so far. I still have plenty left and have given many large samples (40 loads or more per household) to my neighbors and friends.


  1. What is washing soda? Do you mean baking soda? I'll be checking out your fam's clothes when I see you in April!

  2. HI Emily, you will be looking at camping clothes!!!! Washing soda is not the same as baking soda. It is a laundry detergent booster and can be found in the detergent aisle of any grocery store etc… I wish I could upload a picture on this comment area. Bummer. You can look it up on google though. I will never go back to paying large amounts of money for laundry soap. I love this recipe and will continue using it as long as I live in the US. Not sure if I can find all these ingredients in France :-(

  3. Hey Celine, Love your blog!!!!! I was wondering if I could put the soap in a nutribullet instead of a food processor?

  4. HI Jennifer, long time no see! Let's get together some time.
    I use the food processor with the shredding attachments. Than I process it all together with its regular food blade but I noticed a much finer consistency when using the Ninja Blender. Which I like better. If you plan on using your nutribullet without shredding the soap first than the answer is NO. It will ruin the motor. If you are planning on using the nutribullet just to get the content in a fine powder, than the answer is YES. You will just have to do it in several batches because of its small size. This soap is hard and if you do not shred first, it will probably ruin any small kitchen blending appliances.
    You are welcome to stop by any time and get a sample to try :-)
    I hope this answers your question. Let me know if you need further help.