Making homemade laundry detergent is actually not as difficult or time consuming as one might think. Plus, many people are starting to move toward all-natural ingredients to rid their home of toxic chemicals many cleansers contain.

I have actually made this homemade laundry detergent for over a year now, and we LOVE it! It costs just over $30 to make a huge batch and the first one lasted 14 months, even after giving away a few sample jars to friends. This actually got me thinking…..why not whip up some batches of this stuff at home and then bottle them up in cute Mason jars to sell as a fundraiser?!? These starter kits are sure to sell easily to help raise money for your adoption, especially since most people desire to test out the detergent before deciding to make it themselves.

Our friend, Joy McMillan at Simply Bloom, has given us permission to use her images and share her blog post which contains the following detergent recipe, cute printable labels, and other details. Be sure to check it out!

Ingredients (all found at your local markets):

  • 1 (4 lb 12 oz) Box of Borax
  • 1 (3 lb 7 oz) Box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
  • 1 (3 lb) Container of OxiClean
  • 2 (14.1 oz) Bars of Zote or Fels Naptha
  • 1 (4 lb) Box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
  • 1-2 (55 oz) Bottle of Purex Crystals Fabric Softener
  • Mason Jars with screw on lids or other small airtight containers


  1. Grate your bars of soap in a food processor or use a grater if you don’t have a good processor.
  2. In a well ventilated area, preferably outside, pour all of the ingredients into a tote or 5-gallon bucket and stir well.
  3. After the detergent is well mixed, distribute evenly between your smaller containers and prepare it for the sale by applying a label, string/ribbon, etc. Joy’s label from Simply Bloom can be found here if you don’t want to design your own. Some choose to create their label with the ingredients, as well, so that buyers can make their own detergent later if they enjoy the product.

Maximize Your Efforts:

  • To save even more money in your start-up costs, you could ask friends and families to donate Mason Jars for you to use.
  • For friends or family that live nearby, you could ask them to bring their own Mason Jar to be filled and have printed labels ready to stick on for them on the spot.
  • Involve your friends and family in the selling of the product! For example, ask 10 people to sell 10 for you to their circle of friends.
  • Want to create your own label/instructions? Check out Pinterest for ideas! I did a quick search and saw all kinds of cute ideas out there. Furthermore, personalize it with a picture of your soon-to-be adopted child, an outline of the country you’re adopting from and so on.

Recommended Selling Price: $10 Each

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Lori Resmer

Child Advocate. Entrepreneur. Fitness Junkie. Mommy and Wife. Lori is an adoption fundraising coach that provides creative strategies and resources that empower families to adopt without debt.



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