Sunday, November 28, 2010

Homemade Laundry Detergent

I've wanted to make this for a long time and I finally ran out of my massive Costco container of laundry detergent.

It was really easy and very inexpensive.

Here's what you need
I found all of the ingredients at Hy-Vee.
Grocery stores seem to carry these things more than like Target or Wal-Mart.

Here is the recipe

1 c. Washing Soda
1/2 c. Borax
1 grated Fels-Naptha bar

1. Combine the Washing soda and Borax
2. Grate the soap

3. Mix all three ingredient in large bowl then pour into pretty container!
Put in pretty container!

We went ahead and tripled the batch, but only used 2 bars of soap since no more would fit in our container.

For use:
Light load- 1 tbs.
Larger load or heavier soiled- 2 tbs.

Why make your own laundry detergent?
Because it's cheap!

Let's break it down.

Up front, here were the costs:
Arm and Hammer Washing Soda $2.48
20 Mule Team Borax $3.97
2 Fels-Naptha Bars $ $1.66 ($.83 each)
Total: $8.11

Per batch, the total comes out to $1.40 which makes 40 loads.
That is $.04 per load!

My Costco container of detergent costs $11.99 for 160 loads.
That is $.075 per load!

Nearly half the price!

So there you have it, I can cross that off my 101 things to do!
Please let me know if you try it out!


  1. Looks easy, and the container looks better than a big old box of detergent. Let us know how your clothes turn out. I'm betting they'll be whiter.

  2. I've been making my own detergent for a while now, and I love it! I was so hesitant, I just knew I was going to ruin all our clothes, but I think they come out cleaner, better-smelling, and brighter. And (as you said) it's sooooo much cheaper!


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