Store bought laundry detergent is one of those items that most people don’t really think about. They buy their box of tide not really giving any thought into how much it costs. Besides that, that clean fresh smell you get when you open the box, or smell your clothes is really a dose of chemicals.
Ever wonder why your skin itches when you put freshly washed clothes? It’s a reaction to all the chemicals in the laundry detergent your using. We came across this recipe for homemade laundry detergent that takes only about 30 minutes to make.
For about $20 in materials you can make enough detergent to last an entire year. This will save you hundreds of dollars. If you prefer liquid laundry detergent we’ve got you covered with a recipe for that as well.
All ingredients can be found at Publix, on Amazon, Walmart, etc.
- 1 bar Fels Naptha
- 1 bar pink Zote
- 2 cup Borax
- 2 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
NOTE: Instead of the soap bars mentioned above you could substitute Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille Bar Soap. I love the smell Dr Bronners has. It’s an all natural soap. Grate the bar soaps with a cheese grater. Combine with powders and pulse in a food processor til a uniform powder. You may find an old food processor from Goodwill for under $10 and use an old cheese grater. Store in a large tupperware with a lid.
- 2-3 Tbsp. per load is plenty.
- For cold and gentle cycles, first dissolve the powder in a cup of hot water and dilute with a cup of cold water before adding to the machine. (Sometimes the bar soap granules don’t want to dissolve in cold water alone.)
One family that used this recipe said it took them It took them 10 months to go run through their first batch. They also mentioned they do a lot of laundry. Source
Liquid Laundry Detergent Recipe
- Grate one bar of soap with cheese grater or food processor.
- Put grated soap in pan with 2 quarts water and gradually heat, stirring constantly until soap is completely dissolved.
- Put 4.5 gallons of really hot tap water in a 5-gallon bucket (available for free in bakeries at grocery stores, just ask them) and stir in 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of Washing Soda until completely dissolved.
- Pour soap mixture from pan into 5-gallon bucket. Stir well.
- Cover and leave overnight.
- Shake or stir until smooth and pour into gallon jugs or other containers.
- Use 1/2 to 1 cup per load.
These recipes are also a great way to save money on laundry. By my calculations, I am saving over half on my laundry bill by switching:
On the powdered recipe, I spent (at the time of writing the post):
- One 55 ounce box Washing Soda- $3.49 (Note: all of these are much more expensive on Amazon!)
- One 76 ounce box of Borax – $4.99
- One Bar Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille Bar Soap- $2.99
With the amount this mixture I use (1/4 cup) per load of laundry, this recipe works out to $0.09 cents per load of laundry. This saves me almost $0.15 per load over using Arm and Hammer or Tide. With the liquid recipe, the saving are even more. A Five-Gallon batch costs $4.30 and washes at least 80 loads, costing about $0.05 per load! Source: WellnessMama.com
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