Best Homemade Laundry Recipes

3 minutes
October 7, 2020
Carole Jones

Laundry is not only a daunting task for a family of 8, but it is an expensive one as well.  For as much as I love the scent of original Tide, my budget just can’t find the room for it or many of the other laundry products out there.  For years, I have been making my own homemade laundry cleaning products and thought it was time I put them all together in one easy to find resource for you.

The best laundry recipes for making homemade detergent, stain remover and fabric softener. All recipes are HE machine safe and save a ton of money!

Picking my favorite of this collection is kind of like trying to pick which of my six kids is the best because they are all unique.  I love them all for different reasons!  I will just put them all out there for you and then you can find which is your favorite 🙂

And YES, all these recipes are safe for your HE machines.  I’ve been using them for years and years in mine!

Easy Homemade Laundry Detergent

This is the recipe I make the most, but only because we crank through it faster than you can imagine!  It comes together super quick and requires no grating or melting of soap.  Click here to print the recipe!Homemade Laundry Detergent

Homemade Shout Stain Remover

With six kiddos making a disaster of all their expensive clothing, a good stain remover is very, very important to me.  It makes me fume any time I pull a piece of clothing out of the dryer still with a nasty stain on it.  This recipe has been a complete rock star with every stain my kids have thrown at my laundry room.  You won’t be disappointed, so click here to print the recipe!

Homemade Shout Stain Remover Recipe

Homemade Fabric Softener

For years, this fabric softener was the most popular recipe on my blog and I understand why.  It is super simple to make and works like a charm.  It uses cheap hair conditioner and leaves a gentle scent on your clothes that isn’t overpowering like store bought softeners.  Click here to print the recipe!

Homemade Fabric Softener Recipe

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Now, the first laundry detergent I have listed in this post is definitely my easiest laundry recipe, but this detergent is a bit more of a work horse.  Yes, it takes more time to make but it makes 10 gallons at one time….yes, 10!  Plus, it costs me under $3.00 to make those 10 gallons of laundry soap.  Click here to print the recipe!

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe

Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.


8 years ago

I want to try all this

8 years ago

Be sure you come back and let me know what you think Vera!

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