Have you ever thought about making homemade laundry detergent? This DIY recipe will save you hundreds over the course of a year (Plus it smells great!)
Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe
If you've ever thought about making your own laundry detergent – you might have started looking at all the different recipes out there and got overwhelmed. But look no further – this is the BEST recipe for DIY Laundry Detergent and it's SO EASY to make! Plus? It will last most families an entire year…. so you only need to make it once and it will go a LONG way.
Here's why this is the best laundry detergent you can whip up:
- IT SAVES MONEY – Costs about $20 for a 1-Year Supply
- IT SMELLS GOOD – You can leave out the scent beads if you want – but for me, having my clean laundry smell amazing is one of my happies in life!
- IT'S EASY TO MAKE – 6 simple ingredients, and you don't need a food processor or anything.
- IT WORKS REALLY WELL – even in Cold Water wash!
How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent
Here's how to make your own laundry detergent for a fraction of the cost of store-bought brands.
There are two different types you can make, powder or liquid. Both use the same basic ingredients, but the liquid laundry detergent takes longer to make. I decided to go with the powder simply because it's easier to make!
I also like the option to add scent beads to the powder so I can customize each batch with a smell I love. (You can TOTALLY leave out the scent booster if you have extra sensitive skin or want to keep it more natural!)
Here is what you need:
- Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (55 oz. Box)
- 20 Mule Team Borax (4 lbs 12 oz. Box)
- Pure Baking Soda (4 lbs)
- Fels-Naptha Soap (3 Bars)
- Oxy-Clean Stain Remover Powder (1.3 lb Tub)
- *Optional – Downy Unstoppables 26.9 oz (For a cheaper option use Arm & Hammer or Purex Crystals)
First, you want to crumble the soap into powder. To do that you'll first microwave it and make it big and puffy – then it crumbles really easily! (You can also grate the bar of soap, or if you have a food processor, you can use that).
Add to all the other ingredients and mix well. Store in an airtight container. Use 1 Tbsp per load or 2 Tbsp for heavily soiled clothes.
Does Homemade Laundry Detergent Save Money?
If you picked up all your ingredients from the Amazon links provided, your upfront cost will be a little high (because you're buying in bulk in some of those links), but keep in mind that each box of washing soda and borax will make many, many batches of detergent!
If you pick up your supplies at Walmart & Amazon – this will be your out of pocket cost:
- Fels-Naptha Bar Soap – 88¢ x 3 Bars – $2.64 at Amazon
- Arm & Hammer Washing Soda 55 oz – $4.12 at Walmart
- 20 Mule Team Natural Laundry Booster, Borax – $3.28 per box on Amazon
- Arm & Hammer Baking Soda – $2.48 at Walmart
- Oxy Clean Stain Remover – $4.38 at Walmart
- Scent Beads – From $4.80 – $15 (Totally depends on which kind you decide to buy)
Total Cost = $21.70 for about 18 lbs of Laundry Detergent (WOWZA!)
That's about 504 Tablespoons – or 504 loads! That's enough to do 7-10 loads per week for a whole year 🙂
Considering Tide Powder is 20¢/Load – or a Tide Pod is 25¢ per load – this homemade laundry detergent is a great way to save money!
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