Joanna's Laundry Booster Recipe
DIY Laundry Booster – Homemade Knockoff Oxiclean Recipe
August 19, 2011 cleaning

My husband loves to work in his garage. He’s a metal worker, and somehow that means tons of stains. I don’t really understand where he gets all his goobery stains, but I know they are tough to clean! And, of course, having a toddler boy opens a whole new door of laundry challenges. Because I’m a frugal mom (read: cheap), I always try to find ways of making things that will work and save us money, which is why I use our own homemade knockoff Oxiclean recipe. You just might like it too, so I thought I would share one of my laundry secrets!

Joanna's Laundry Booster Recipe

DIY Laundry Booster – Homemade Knockoff Oxiclean Recipe
Ingredients (keep these on your laundry room shelf with a scoop or measuring cup!):
– 1/4 cup washing soda (check the laundry aisle in the grocery store, we’ve seen more and more stores carrying this lately!)
– 1/4 cup baking soda (yep, the same stuff you bake with!)
– 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide (3%, the kind you keep in the first aid kit.  You can buy a big bottle for $0.88 at Walmart!)

I’ve found this works best if you add it to the water before you add the clothes, but you can do it either way. When you’re ready to add it, pour the washing soda and the baking soda into the washer and then add the hydrogen peroxide. Voila! You’ve created your own laundry booster! It definitely helps get the grease and grime from my husband’s clothes, and even the stains off the clothes of my toddler.

And as an added bonus, you can make this into a spot treatment as well. If you’re not sure about color safety, you can always check it on an interior seam to make sure.

DIY Homemade Spot Treatment

To turn this recipe into a spot treatment, simply use a small container to mix the ingredients and brush it on to the stain. You may find it works best if you only use half the amount of peroxide, but that’s up to you. Of course you can also add just a little dab of detergent to increase the stain fighting power of your spot treatment.

Those are two of my laundry secrets that both clean our clothes and save us money. What are your laundry secrets? What are your laundry issues?


    Grandma would be impressed. Two of my favorite laundry helpers are Washing Soda and Borax.

    I'll have to try your recipe – Farmer D brings home some mighty dirty clothing!

  • Jennifer

    I need to start trying out new detergent alternatives, they get so expensive commercially. One trick I do have is forgetting the dryer sheets and using a foil ball. No more static, and you can just just the same one over and over again! If I miss the smell, I put a little essential oil on a clean rag to throw in as well. My favorite is lavender. Then, no static, good smell, no chemical residue.

    • Shirley

      Jennifer how big of a foil ball? I have never heard of this before and would be worried about it getting to hot in the dryer.

      • I haven’t liked using the foil ball trick because it didn’t seem to do as well to me. But usually the foil ball is about the size of a baseball, all wadded up foil. I used to use 2 balls and it didn’t seem to take away static or fluff enough, but you could try it out for yourself!

  • Mellisa

    This is great! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Annie

    this is wonderful!! I am always looking for ways to cut costs on laundry. LOVE this, thank you Joanna!

  • Monique

    I use these ingredients in my laundry detergent that I make. Love that you've shared it and that it works for your husband's greasy clothes.

  • blueviolet

    You rock for sharing this!!! I'd never heard of washing soda before. Do you know how this would work with HE machines?

    • Annie~~

      @Blueviolet washing soda is completly safe in HE machines. When there is homemade washing soap that is a key ingerdient 🙂

      • Thanks for the answer Annie!