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All-in-One Laundry Bombs

Laundry doesn't have to be a chore. Instead of lugging your detergent, stain stick, fabric softener, and your laundry to the washing machine, here's a homemade laundry bomb that does it all. You can pick up the basic ingredients at your local grocery store for a few dollars, making these little helpers seriously budget-friendly. Scent with your favorite essential oil for a personalized smell and you're ready to get washing.

What You'll Need:

  • Small mixing bowl
  • Grater
  • 1 1/2 cup washing soda
  • 1/2 cup Fels-Naptha
  • 2 tablespoons Epsom salts
  • 3 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 15-20 drops essential oil
  • Sheet pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Measuring spoons


  1. Grate the Fels-Naptha into the mixing bowl and add the washing soda and Epsom salts. Fels-Naptha is a laundry bar soap that does a great job of attacking stains and cleaning your laundry. The boost of all-natural washing soda softens water while washing clothes. And the Epsom salts cut down on static cling and also soften fabrics once clothes hit the dryer.

  1. Now add the hydrogen peroxide and give things a stir. Hydrogen peroxide naturally whitens clothes and keeps your colors fresh. Stir in the vinegar, which busts through stains while leaving clothes soft. Then scent with several drops of your favorite essential oil.

  1. Once everything's incorporated, the mixture should resemble wet sand and clump together when pressed. Cover a sheet pan with parchment paper and then use a rounded 1 tablespoon measuring spoon to scoop up the mixture, press against the side of bowl, then tap out onto the pan. Finish with a quick spritz of equal parts vinegar and water. Let set for eight hours before using.

  1. Your laundry bombs are ready to toss in the washing machine! Use one round for small loads and two when washing lots of laundry. You'll love how they refresh your clothing without all the extra cleaners!

Makes around 28 laundry bombs. Want to try making more helpers for the home? Here's how to make 35 other cleaning supplies for pennies.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Sarah Lipoff
Laurie15267523 Laurie15267523 3 years
I made these and they work wonderful. Thanks for posting the recipe.
Rhoda15215758 Rhoda15215758 3 years
Sarah your website rocks! I love the laundry bombs they are fun to do also. Thanks, wonderful stuff here.
Shauntrell15235143 Shauntrell15235143 3 years
When I made these, they had big clumps of washing soda in them and they didn't want to press together. Any suggestions to what went wrong? I'm still going to try them in the laundry though. Hopefully nothing catastrophic will happen.
Sarah-Lipoff Sarah-Lipoff 3 years
Kathy, I use these in my HE washing machine and love how they clean and soften.
Kathy15070990 Kathy15070990 3 years
Can you use this in he washers?
Mary15014620 Mary15014620 3 years
This is an amazing detergent recipe, and Borax free! I used homemade soap in place of Fels-Naptha to keep it chemical free, and used Wilton's Brownie Bites pan for perfect tabs. It is seriously the most amazing detergent I have ever used. I have been using this exclusively since Mid-September and it has taken care of everything I have thrown at it. Soiled diapers, oil stains, horrid set in mystery stains, everything comes out and the clothes feel great! My darks don't seem to fade, and my whites/brights are brighter than everI even forgot my dryer balls once and dried the clothes without any anti-static or softener and had zero issues! Friends and family have seen the cute tabs and have tried them out with the same results I have seen. I can't copy down the recipe fast enough it seems! Thank you for making my laundry all natural and super clean, and for making me a rock star in my circle (yes, yes, I gave proper credit for the recipe, but still).
PureRomanceby14951921 PureRomanceby14951921 4 years
Where did you get your essential oil? I have looked at places like walmart. I thought I would find it in the candle section.
Nelly14932346 Nelly14932346 4 years
LOVE this recipe. I made a double batch and I'm so impressed with how well they clean and soften my clothes. Thanks for posting this!
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