I have been making my own laundry detergent for 4-5 years now. Sure, I can occasionally find it on sale really cheap with a coupon, and if I could buy it cheaper than making it ($0.48 a bottle of liquid) I would. I use to make Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent. In fact, I made it for 4 years. I made it until we moved and we were told liquid detergent makes the plastic washer drum get a yucky smell. We switched to powdered and had been buying the “cheap stuff” for about 4 months. I tried 3 brands and didn’t like any of them. I finally decided to look for a powder recipe and get back into making my own. The recipe I settled on is below. Not only is homemade detergent cheaper but I like knowing what is in it.
I purchased all items in WalMart’s laundry aisle with spot removers.
Borax – $2.38 – enough for 4-5 batches
Washing soda – $2.12 (NOTE: this is NOT baking soda) – enough for 4 batches
Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap – $0.99 – enough for 1 batch
Oxi Clean – $7.52 – 6 batches – you can get the generic brand at the $ store
I also purchased a small snap top container for $0.96. I am not sure it is going to be my permanent container but it works for now.
DIY Home Laundry Detergent
- 2 cups Borax
- 2 cups washing soda
- 1 cup Oxi Clean
- 1 bar Fels Napa Soap
- Mix together first 3 ingredients.
- Grate Fels Napa Soap.
- Mix all ingredients together.
- Blend 1 cup at a time until the mixture is a very fine powder.
- Use 1 tablespoon per normal load and 2 tablespoons per heavy load.
- Makes approximately enough to 100 loads.