Other Uses for Homemade Laundry Detergent

In a previous article, I posted about trying out Survival Woman’s super easy homemade detergent recipe.

It turns out to be even more useful than originally thought.  I was cleaning the toilet and needed a little extra help scrubbing with the toilet brush.  Normally I use plain bleach but decided to try something different.  (Note:  I don’t use any other chemicals in the toilet such as leave-in bowl cleaners.   If you are using them, do not mix in other chemicals.)  I reached for the homemade laundry detergent mixture and poured about half a cup into the bowl.  I left it alone for a few minutes, then swabbed it around with the toilet brush.   The stains came off easily and I did not have to deal with bleach fumes.

Next, I poured some of the homemade detergent into a spray bottle.  I sprayed a dirty counter with it and wiped it down.   I was able to easily clean the kitchen counter, and again, no chemical smells to contend with.   (Note:  Our apartment has formica counters; if you have granite or other types of materials, test on small area before spraying the entire surface.)  The homemade laundry detergent post post has the recipe.

Cleanliness is important for health and quality of life after a disaster or emergency.  It is good to know that by having just a few ingredients such as Borax, washing soda and a dishwashing liquid, you can whip up a batch of laundry detergent that also doubles as an all-purpose cleaner.



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Experimenting with the Easiest Homemade Laundry Detergent

Homemade Laundry Detergent

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

I had been wanting to try making my own homemade laundry detergent, but wanted an easy one.  Many recipes require grating soap, or boiling the soap mixture, which I wanted to avoid.

Then I found a super easy laundry detergent recipe over at Backdoor Survival.  Survival Woman’s recipe, found in The No Mess No Fuss Method of Making DIY Laundry Detergent did not involve grating soap or boiling ingredients.  The best part was, I already had these materials on hand.

Ingredients of homemade laundry detergent

You will need:

1/2 gallon container (recycled juice bottle will do)

3 TBSP Borax

3 TBSP Washing Soda

2 TBSP dishwashing detergent (Dawn Dishwashing Liquid was recommended in the article and that is the one I used)

8 cups water


  1. Boil 2 cups water (out of the 8 cups).
  2. Using a funnel, pour the Borax and Washing Soda into the bottle.
  3. Carefully pour in the 2 cups of boiling water.  Shake well until powders are dissolved.
  4. Add the dishwashing liquid and mix some more.
  5. Finally, add the remaining 6 cups of water and mix well.  That’s it, you’re done mixing.
  6. Use about a quarter to a half cup of this laundry detergent to a load of wash.

The Test

First, I washed a load of colors with the homemade dishwashing liquid, at the cold water cycle.  Our machine is just a regular washer.  I noticed the mixture is more watery than store bought liquid laundry detergent.  It is also odor free.

The second load consisted of whites.

The Result

The load of colors came out clean, with surface dirt removed.  I did not have any heavily stained clothes but any dusty pants and minor dirt came off.

The whites were clean enough, but because I did not use bleach like I normally do for whites, they are not bright white.  To be fair, the homemade laundry detergent results were about the same as store bought without bleach.

If you are used to heavily fragranced clothes, the unscented mixture may be an adjustment.  For myself, though I like the scent for fresh laundry, I used to get an allergic reaction when using too much Downey or heavily scented detergents.  I think we get conditioned to store bought products and expect cleaners to be extra sudsy and fragrant.  They do not need to do these to clean properly.  I believe the homemade laundry detergent worked as well as commercial detergents but is certainly much cheaper to make.

This homemade detergent experiment was certainly a success!  Thanks Survival Woman!


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