Save Money: How to Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

how to make homemade laundry detergent

You buy it because you need it, but laundry detergent sure doesn’t come cheap.

With the current price of laundry detergents, you are paying nearly 25 cents for every load you wash. Compare that with paying merely pennies a load by making your own detergent. That’s a dramatic savings. We’re not talking about cutting down your laundry bill in half, instead you’ll be paying just 10% of what you are now. That means if you’re spending $100 a year in laundry detergent, you will only spend $10 if you make the soap yourself! Bu this is more than just simple soap and water. If you want to do it right, there is a formula you must follow.

First you need to gather the ingredients. While some items may be things you already have around the house, chances are you won’t have everything on this list.


-2 cups of a bar soap

-2 cups Borax

-2 cups Washing Soap

Items Needed:

-Large Pot

-Large Pail


Directions:To get 2 cups of soap you need to get out your cheese grater and just grate away at bars of soap. If you’re going to be making your own homemade laundry detergent from now on you should probably get yourself a grater just for this purpose. Your soap bar can be just about any kind. Go ahead and buy a cheap soap, just be sure not to get a heavily perfumed bar of soap.

If you don’t already have Borax or washing soap, you will most likely find these items in the laundry aisle of your local supermarket.

Boil 1 quart water. Turn the water down to medium (or even low) and add the grated soap to the water and stir until it is all melted. Pour this soap-water mixture into a pail. Add all the Borax and washing soap and stir until well mixed. Add 2 gallons of water to the pail and stir until mixed. Cover the pail and you are all done!

Just use ¼ cup of this mixture for each laundry load. You will need to stir your mixture before using every time. If you have some old laundry detergent bottles that you haven’t recycled yet, hang on to them. These bottles work very well as storage for your homemade laundry detergent. Plus this way you won’t need to keep a huge pail by your washing machines.

There are other recipes for homemade laundry detergent, but nearly all include these same ingredients and steps. The difference is usually seen in the quantity of each ingredient. Some recipes call for more soap, others call for more water.

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Posted on Apr 22, 2010