Making your own laundry detergent is super easy and inexpensive. After years of spending around $20 a month on my Tide with Febreeze detergent (which I love!!), I decided that in the interest of saving money, I would switch to making my own. I had some people express their concern that using a homemade detergent would void my warranty, but my washing machine wasn’t new enough to have a warranty, so that didn’t really matter to me. Also, I make a powder detergent, even though I have a front loading washing machine, and I haven’t experienced any problems with it. As far as the recipe goes, I prefer to make a large batch that will last a long time as opposed to making smaller batches throughout the year, I guess I’m just lazy and I don’t want to have to worry about it… But if you would prefer to start with a smaller batch there are recipes all over Pinterest.
Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe:
4 pound box of Baking Soda
4 pound box of Borax
4 pound box of Super Washing Soda (I could only find a 3 pound box of the Super Washing Soda, so I bought 2 and measured out the extra pound. I found it in the laundry section at the grocery store)
1.5 pounds of Oxi-Clean
3 Bars of Fels-Naptha or Zote soap (I found this at Fry’s, in the laundry section, on the top shelf, so it took a bit of searching, so don’t give up)
1 container of Freshening Crystals in your choice of scent (Purex, Gain, Downy)
Start out by grating the bars of Fels-Naptha, I put wax paper underneath to make pouring it into the bowl easier.
Once that’s done, you just add all of the ingredients together and mix!
I used a bowl for the pictures, but I think the easiest method is to put everything in a garbage bag (Tip: Double bag!!! This stuff gets heavy!!!), then close the top and move it around to mix all of the ingredients thoroughly.
I’ve been storing my “in-use” detergent in an air tight container I got at Target and leaving all of the left over in the garbage bag I used to mix it in with the top tied off, then just refill when needed.
Once I redo my laundry room I plan to have a “prettier” system worked out, but this is working for now. It only takes 1-2 tablespoons of detergent, depending on your load size (I keep a tablespoon measuring spoon in the container for easy measuring). And that is all there is to it. For less than $20 and about 20 minutes of time, you can have an entire year’s worth of laundry detergent!!