Simple To Make – Homemade Laundry Detergent

Homemade Laundry Detergent –– It’s Simple to Make, Sooo Inexpensive, & It Works!

from: Teresa Britton

I recently took the plunge and tried a frugal experiment I’d been thinking about for awhile. Some of you may want to try this one yourself, and some of you may think this one’s going a little too far–my husband did at first!

I’m talking about making my own laundry detergent! It was incredibly easy and very inexpensive. I’m wondering now what took me so long to try it!

I used a simple three-ingredient recipe I found online for a powdered detergent. The liquid ones seemed like too much work, but this recipe is as easy as mixing together dry ingredients in any baking recipe. If you can mix flour and sugar, you can do this!

All of my ingredients cost about the same as just one bottle of good quality liquid detergent, but should last for several months, may-be longer. The recipe I used only requires two tablespoons of detergent per large load, since it’s so concentrated. By the way, all the ingredients were available at my local grocery store. (I’ll give you the recipe below.)

So far, after many loads of laundry, this detergent’s doing a great job for me. It smells like “soap” but the clothes come out of the washer with almost no scent. If you’d like to add scent, you can use dryer sheets or liquid fabric softener. Many people with sensitive skin like this detergent because it is free of artificial dyes and fragrances though. And, I should mention my family’s clothes are coming out clean–may-be even a little brighter than before.

If you want to save money–and you can save quite a bit–don’t be afraid to trying making your own laundry detergent. It is so easy!

Here’s the recipe I’m using:

Mix together:
1 cup Arm & Hammer (or other brand) Washing Soda –not baking soda
1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
2 cups (or approximately 1 bar) very finely grated Fels Naptha laundry bar

Use 2 tablespoons for a large load (adjust for smaller or less soiled loads of clothes)

(Of course, you can always search the internet for other recipes. There are many more, including liquid detergent recipes.)

I found all these products at the end of the laundry area up on the top shelf in the grocery store. I have also heard they are available in Walmart. My parents are giving this a try too, and they found these products at Ace Hardware.

By the way, I’ve won my husband over, and he even took some of my laundry detergent to work for one of his frugal co-workers to try!

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2 Responses

  1. This looks like a recipe I could follow! I have been wanting to do this for some time, and have even purchased the ingredients, but have been a little skeptical. My one question is “is this detergent compatible with HE machines?”

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