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DIY Baby-Safe Laundry Detergent

Updated on January 27, 2015


You can pick up all of these items at your local supermarket. This recipe makes a batch that lasts me about 4 months. I have a 5 person household that includes 3 adults, a toddler, and an infant. The total comes to about $23.

  • 3 bars Fels Naphtha ($2.97, 0.99 each)
  • 1 box (55 oz) Arm & Hammer Washing Soda ($3.97)
  • 1 box (4lb) Arm & Hammer Baking Soda ($2.24)
  • 1 box (4lb 12 oz) 20 MULE TEAM Borax ($3.48)
  • 1 tub (3 lb) Dirty Jobs Heavy-Duty Oxygen-Powered Stain Remover ($5.94)
  • OPTIONAL-yet recommended-1 package (28 oz) Purex Crystals Laundry Enhancer for Baby ($4.76)

The prices I've listed came from my local Wal-Mart. I HIGHLY suggest doing a quick and simple google search for coupons of these items. 10 minutes could save you $10. Seriously, do it. Maybe I'll write a hub later about couponing (ask me to do it, I want to)!

Comparison Between Top Brands

Cost of Tide (powder)/ Load
Cost of Gain(powder)/Load
Cost of this recipe/Load
102 Loads (143 oz)
150 Loads (170 oz)
504 Loads (18 lb)
I've done a comparison of affordability between Tide powder detergent, Gain powder detergent, and this recipe. You only need 1-2 TBSP per load with the concentrated recipe. Tide and Gain require larger amounts of detergent per load, increasing cost.


You will need a large bucket to mix your ingredients in. I glove my hands and mix it all together myself, in the past I've used a wooden spoon. I find it's more efficient to use your hands.

  1. Using a cheese grater, grate your Fels Naptha bars.
  2. Pour all ingredients together in the bucket, alternating between powders and your grated Fels Naptha bars. Doing it this way makes it easier for you to mix. Keep the scoop that comes in your Dirty Jobs tub.
  3. Get dusty. Mix all of your ingredients together. I like to put a lid on my bucket and shake it up about halfway through. You can tilt the bucket to see when everything is well mixed. This step usually takes me about 10 minutes.
  4. Store your detergent in something. I personally have mine in an old Gain detergent box. Someday I'll get crafty and put it in mason jars, or an apothecary jar of some sort. It's best to store it in something that will keep in dry, for obvious reasons (something with a lid).


It's simple. For a regular load, you'll need one scoop (here's where the dirty jobs scoop comes into play). For an extra large load or a heavily soiled load, use two scoops.

'Til next time,

Curious Courtney

Laundry Soap Storage

Simple and Sweet. Store your newly made detergent in a few LARGE mason jars.
Simple and Sweet. Store your newly made detergent in a few LARGE mason jars.

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