Homemade Laundry Detergent with Whitener Recipe

I love Instagram. But what does that have to do with my Homemade Laundry Detergent with Whitener Recipe?


Allow me to backtrack. I posted in my “Debt” post the other day that during our plan of attack I got rid of my cell phone. I hated that thing anyways, I was totally anti-texting, I was tapped out with the blog and Facebook (which I also used to hate but felt I needed to join), I was in survival mode.  Three kids at the time. I hate the sound of a ringing phone and so I was happy to have one less noise in my life.

Fast forward from those years to last summer. My oil team was begging me to get a phone… and so after years of just having a landline (that was lost half the time somewhere out in the potager), I treated myself to a new iPad and a lovely, gold, iPhone 6. WOW. (My husband called it my Golden Calf which made me laugh up my spleen!) That was a decadent move indeed for Miss Frugal Pants but it was a fun and good business write off. I quickly came to see how “texting” was super handy with my business and then I got the Instagram app.


Serious. I’m a total nerd. I heart Instagram. I keep my phone on the counter. Handy. (I’m freaked about brain cancer… or any kind for that matter so I don’t carry my phone on my body and I use speakerphone all-the-time.) But anyways. I keep my phone on the counter and if something during my day strikes me as pretty or inspiring or if my kids are just too dang cute I will post on Instagram and then I share it to my Facebook business page and Twitter. Call me modern. Call me a social media junkie… fine. If you must. But I heart Instagram.

So yesterday I posted a lame photo of a five-gallon bucket.


I had just experimented with a new batch of homemade laundry detergent, the day was gloomy and grey and I had nothing else to share. Truth be told I was kind of annoyed with myself for posting something so uninspiring as laundry detergent but… the feedback? Geesh! Y’all wanted my new recipe even with its super-lame-January-gray photo so here goes.

I learned how to make homemade laundry detergent back in the day of trying to get debt-free. It was a horrid time for I think we were pretty much out of work too. It was one chapter of many during our debt-free struggle where we were trying to do it under extreme financial stress. This was one of those things that made me feel empowered. Sadly, a few years later I got savvy to horrible cancer-causing chemicals in one of my original ingredients; Fels Naptha. I mean that stuff cleans like the dickens, and it’s totally “old-timey” but wow. I now use it for extreme oil-based stains only.

It was time to tweak.

Here’s what you need for my new recipe. I doubt it’s not all that different from most of the recipes out there but I gave it a test run yesterday on a white load and was very pleased.

Homemade Laundry Detergent with Whitener Recipe

I love the old-fashioned look of the washing soda box, don’t you?

You will need:

Essential oils of your choice (I had tons of Wild Orange and Peppermint so that’s what I used) About 30 drops of each (contact me for my store link, I’m prohibited from sharing it with you here, as stupid as that sounds).

Pour the Borax and Washing Soda into the bucket and fill the bucket with hot water. (To help them dissolve). On a sturdy cutting board cut your soap into 1/2 chunks. Take a medium sized saucepan and when your bucket is about full, scoop it in and fill it halfway. Heat it over medium/high heat and put your soap chunks in to dissolve.  Stir with a whisk. Don’t let it boil over! Yuck!

While your soap is cooking/dissolving on the stove top stir your bucket with something like a yardstick or long. Once your stove top soap has dissolved pour that soapy water into your bucket. Your bucket will be just full. Add the peroxide, stir and add your oils. Stir. Be sure to cover your bucket and keep it away from little ones who could drown.

This detergent doesn’t do that gel thing like my old recipe so a couple hours after I felt everything had had a chance to meld I took an old detergent bottle and gently (so it didn’t overflow) filled it.  I filled a whole bottle with about one inch of my concoction! This stuff is going to last forever! I ran a  dingy white load with a cap full of this new detergent and I have to say I’m pretty pleased! I hate dingy whites and could burn thru a box of Oxy Clean in a week… Freak.

Homemade Laundry Detergent with Whitener Recipe

(Look at those clean washcloths? Not bad for a girl that wears 40 pounds of mascara??!!)

So that’s it.

All over a lame Instagram photo. (I had to take some cuter ones for this post didn’t I?)

Let me know what you think of this new Laundry Detergent with Whitener recipe!

Oh my gosh! How could I forget? Why don’t you come and “suivez-moi” on Instagram? Just click the little camera link over on my right sidebar! I’d love to see you there!

So, if there is such a thing… Happy Laundry Day!

Thanks for reading. Angela Parisienne Farmgirl

Other Parisienne Farmgirl Laundry Related Posts:

The Original Recipe

My Homemade Lavender Scented Homemade Starch Recipe (and everyone’s favourite apron post!)