Homemade Laundry Detergent

How To Make Homemade Laundry Detergent On A Budget –Without Burning Down The House!

Listen up, ladies and gents.  While the cost of your favorite laundry detergent may be on the rise, we might have the perfect solution for you: making your own homemade laundry detergent.  But before you protest, citing time and effort, or the fact that perhaps you’re not the most do-it-yourself person in the neighborhood, read on, and you may be surprised by how easily you can make your own laundry detergent.

But before we get to the “how”, let’s talk about the “why.” Besides the obvious reason, the costliness of a lot of name-brand detergents, there is another reason why you may decide that the homemade option is the best for you: this recipe is gentler on your clothes than some brand-name laundry detergents, which means a longer closet-life for your favorite shirt.  You can significantly reduce your household costs, as well:  the batch of laundry detergent you will make costs less than half of the same amount of store-bought detergent.  So, you can save money, prolong the life of your wardrobe, along with reducing the introduction of synthetic and potentially harmful chemicals into your home.  Why not give this recipe a try?

You’ll need:  

  • One cup of washing soda (find this in any store)
  • One bar of soap (any kind you want)
  • One cup of Borax (you can find this in any grocery store)
  • a large-sized pot that you do not use for cooking (stove-top safe, that will hold a bit more than 2 gallons)
  • a grater
  • a  spoon
  • a funnel (not necessary, but will make transfer of the detergent from the pot to the containers easier)
  • Two 2-gallon containers, empty


Here’s what to do: 

  1. First you should grate the bar of soap into your pot on the stovetop – try to use your entire bar of soap.
  2. Next, fill one gallon jug with tap water or bottled water (this is your choice) and pour this water into the pot along with your grated soap. This mixture should dissolve after a little while, keeping the heat on medium-low.
  3. Add the Borax and washing soda to your dissolved mixture all at once.
  4. Turn up the heat a little bit and bring the mixture to a boil. You will see the mixture thicken a lot at this point, so don’t worry about stirring too much at this point.
  5.  When the mixture seems to have a thick, smooth consistency, turn the heat off and remove the pot from the hot burner.
  6. The last thing you need to do is add one gallon of cold (not hot) water, cooling down and thinning out your detergent. Stir well.
  7. Pour your detergent into your containers (this is when your funnel will come in handy, if you have one.  If not, things may get a little messy).
  8. You will have about two gallons of homemade laundry detergent when you’re finished.


You will get almost 700 washes out of this batch of detergent, using about a ½ a cup for each load.  Don’t expect a lot of bubbles with this detergent; this is relatively sud-less, but it cleans stupendously.

You can even add a few drops of lavender essential oil to your detergent for fresh-smelling linens and towels that will have house guests wanting to stay perhaps a little longer.  Don’t worry. You can afford it.



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