Homemade Laundry Detergent and Wash Jar!

Homemade Laundry Detergent + Painted Jar // thepapermama.com

I finally tried it, Homemade Laundry Detergent! ANnnnnnnd, it does work. I’m not going to do the math and get all crazy about my costs per load… but I am saving money by making my own! And, why not just make everything? Ha! Seems like that’s what I’m doing for EVERYthing anyway. I’ll share  a quick rundown of how I made this (This is the same recipe I’ve found on 40 billion different sites… so I’m not sure of the original source. I can tell you it DOES work):


1.5 cups of Borax (a natural laundry booster)

1.5 cups Arm & Hammer’s Washing Soda (NOT baking soda)

1 bar of Castille soap (I used Dr. Bronner’s peppermint bar)


– Use a cheese grater to grate up your Castille soap.

– In a food processor, blend your grated up soap and a 1/2 cup of Borax and a 1/2 cup of Washing Soda until blended (you want those shreds of soap to be small).

– Pour the blended soap into a bowl with the remaining Borax and Washing Soda. Stir until it’s all blended really well.

– Pour into a jar that has a seal (keep it fresh) and seal.

When washing your clothes: Use one to two tablespoons of your homemade powder per load. We usually prefer to wash in cold water, and it’s been working!

Side note: the Dr. Bronner’s Castile Peppermint Soap smells like peppermint chocolate.. don’t eat it. Hee hee. Just kidding! I know you wont eat it. I hope.

– Enjoy all that money you’re saving.

– ALSO: The peppermint smell is wonderful, but sometimes we want must a teensy bit more good smells. SO, we add laundry scent. On occasion. It works.


Homemade Laundry Detergent + Painted Jar // thepapermama.com

If you make you’re own detergent, you’re going to need a cute jar to seal it in. It’s pretty easy to add the gold painted “wash” word to your jar… here’s how…

– Wash and dry the outside of your glass.

– Print and cut out a word from my “Wash and Laundry” Printout.

– Tape a small piece (red side down) of Saral Paper to your jar and tape your word over the Saral paper.

Homemade Laundry Detergent + Painted Jar // thepapermama.com

– Trace the outline of the words with a ballpoint pen.

Homemade Laundry Detergent + Painted Jar // thepapermama.com

– Remove your paper and you’ll notice a wonderful red line to follow while you paint!

Homemade Laundry Detergent + Painted Jar // thepapermama.com

– Using some Martha Stewart Multi Surface Paint, paint in your words. If needed add more layers of paint (letting the paint dry for about 1 hour between each layer). I ended up using 3 layers of paint.

Homemade Laundry Detergent + Painted Jar // thepapermama.com

– Let dry. NOTE: on the back of the paint bottle, it notes that you need to let the paint cure for 21 days before washing or handling too rough. AFTER that: you should be good! I’ve heard great things about this paint.

Homemade Laundry Detergent + Painted Jar // thepapermama.com

If you give this a try, let me know! I’d love to see how it works for you. Happy washing!

– Chelsey

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Categories: diy, Tips and Tricks, tried it


  • peaconline on said:

    I have baskets for dirty clothes, baskets for clean clothes, cleaning supplies, laundry supplies and a few other random things in there that have no other home.

  • Heather on said:

    I've been meaning to do this for a while now… thanks for the cute jar tutorial, too!

  • Eleanor on said:

    I'm so excited to try this. I've wanted to begin making our detergent, but just hadn't put the time into researching it. So happy I can check it off the list, all thanks to you! 🙂 I'm glad to know it works with front loads/HE washers. I assume you just put it in with the clothes. Oh and cute jar too!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Oh, yes. Put it in with the clothes. Let me know how it works for you!

  • Yen on said:

    I NEED to make this! I have seen this all over Pinterest, but I still have a ton of my liquid detergent left : I've never seen Arm & Hammer washing soda before… hopefully they sell it somewhere locally!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      I found it in the detergent isle… way up high. It's also on Amazon.

  • Lindsay on said:

    I LOVE making my own laundry detergent! I use 1 box Borax, I box washing soda, 1 box baking soda, 1 tub oxyclean, 3 bars grated FelsNaptha soap. All of this costs about $20, smells fantastic, cleans better than store-bought and the last batch I made lasted over a year and a half. Seriously my favorite thing ever.

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      That's awesome! I started small… just in case it was crazy. 🙂

  • Theresa A. on said:

    does this work with HE/front loaders? would love to try it if so, we love dr. bronner's peppermint soap! the lavender scent is nice too, would that make a difference if we used a different scent bar?

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      We have a front load washer and it's been working! I don't think the scent will matter. I think I'll try lavender next. 🙂

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