Okay, okay, I know these recipes are all over Pinterest and Google and blogland – BUT for us Canadians, we can’t get the same ingredients that you can in the States.
So we have to improvise…

For instance, for the life of me, I can’t find Fels Naptha soap anywhere.  

Arm and Hammer baking soda – yes, 
Washing soda – not so much.

I’ve tried cooking the baking soda at high heat to get a version of the washing soda, but I don’t feel confident it’s the same.

I’m going to give you my made-in-Canada version of the recipe:


  • 1 container Oxi-Clean
  • 3 bars Ivory soap  (don’t substitute with another soap – Ivory is known for not leaving a residue)
  • 1 box Borax
  • 1 box Arm & Hammer baking soda
  • 1 bottle (you’ll only use as much as you like) of essential oil in the scent of your choice.  I like fresh linen from Bath & Bodyworks
  • 1 small box of laundry detergent

You caught that last ingredient didn’t you?

Seems redundant to make laundry detergent from laundry detergent – but in the absence of the Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda, I like to use a mini-box of no-name soap just to be sure I have some detergent in the recipe.

Put the Ivory bars in the food processor to finely grind.

Put all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix with a hand mixer to make sure everything is evenly incorporated.

Add in drops of the essential oil to your taste and mix again.

Store in an air-tight container.

By using the small box of laundry detergent and the rest of this recipe, you’ll still be saving money…
you only need 2 tbsp of this mixture per load of laundry – where the store-bought will tell you to use a half cup or more.

Depending on the volume of laundry at your house, this recipe could last you up to a year!

For our family of four – 3 of which are Diva’s and wear more than one outfit per day – this will last 6 months.
  what about being 26? lol
Have a great one!