Homemade Laundry Detergent Using Oxiclean

Making homemade laundry detergent can save you a lot of money. For just a few pennies per load, you can have clean, fresh-smelling laundry. Oxi-Clean is a brand-name product that removes stains from laundry. Putting the powdered form into your homemade laundry detergent will help keep your whites bright and your colored laundry clean. You can purchase large buckets of Oxi-Clean at most retail outlets.

What is Oxi-Clean

Make your own laundry detergent.

Oxi-Clean is a powdered formula that typically goes into the washing machine with your detergent. You can include it in your laundry detergent to help fight stains. Oxi-Clean can be purchased without dyes, fragrances or chlorine. You can purchase a special blend made specifically for baby messes, such as diapers, spit-up or baby food; mix up a batch of laundry detergent specifically for your baby.

Recipe #1

Crumble and shred one bar of laundry soap. You can use Ivory brand, Fels-Naptha or any other you like. Add 1/2 cup each of borax, Oxi-Clean and washing soda. It should be very grainy, much like a powdered laundry detergent. Store the soap in an airtight container or zip-top bag. Give the bag or container a good shake before you use it, to redistribute the ingredients.

Recipe #2

In a large bag or container, mix 55 oz. of washing soda, 1/2 cup of borax, 2 cups of Oxi-Clean, 1/2 cup of household cleaner and 1/2 cup of Calgon powder. Mix the ingredients together with your hands or a large spoon and store it in an airtight container. If you want to use this as a baby detergent, use the Oxi-Clean Baby Stain Soaker.

How to Use

Start the water in your washing machine. Add roughly 1/8 cup of powdered detergent to your machine. If you don't feel your clothes are getting clean enough, add more; if you have a very small load, use less soap. Let the tub fill about halfway with water before adding your clothing. This allows the detergent granules to dissolve before being crowded by the fabric. Wash on any setting you prefer and dry as normal.

About the Author

Rebekah Martin is a freelance writer and tutor. Her work has appeared in various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Mississippi College. Martin teaches her young children at home and also teaches Sunday School to preschoolers.