Homemade Laundry Detergent & Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

I found these great recipes for homemade laundry and dishwasher detergent and just had to pass them on! These will save you money.

Powdered Laundry Detergent - Top load machine
1   Ivory OR Fels-Naptha soap bar
1  Cup - Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda*
½  Cup Borax

-Grate soap or break into pieces and process in a food processor until powdered. Mix all ingredients. For light load, use 1 Tablespoon. For heavy or heavily soiled load, use 2 Tablespoons. Yields: 3 Cups detergent. (Approx. 40 loads)
*Arm & Hammer "Super Washing Soda"  Baking Soda will not work, nor will Arm & Hammer Detergent - It must be sodium carbonate!!

Dishwasher Detergent


  • 1 – 55 ounce box of Arm & Hammer® Super Washing Soda
  • 1 – 76 ounce box of 20 Mule Team® Borax
  • 1 – 48 ounce box of coarse Kosher Salt 
  • 1 – 2 ounce container of food-grade Citric Acid You can find this online or at your local brewery or specialty beer store.  If you cannot find this you can substitute 10-15 lemon Kool-aid envelopes per batch **the small unsweetened ones**, if you use any other flavor you could easily color the inside of your dishwasher (you need 10-15 envelopes to equal the 1-2oz of straight citric acid.)  If you do not use some form of citric acid you will most likely have the cloudy residue left that most “green” cleaners leave.
For a rinse agent: Use white vinegar in the rinse aid compartment of the dishwasher

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