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When I informed my friends that I was making my own laundry detergent, I had mixed reactions:

  • Why?
  • Don’t try it on my clothes!
  • How are you doing that?

Next, I got some funnier remarks:

  • I just got back from washing all of my laundry by beating it on rocks down at the river….
  • And hanging it on branches to dry.


Be green. Save a few dollars. Try something new.

Be green: 
Just imagine all the plastic bottles we could save from the landfills!  The ingredients are also kinder to your septic tank. Another added benefit: you don’t need to drag the bottles from the store into your house.

Save a few dollars:
Even if you might only save $20 a year (if your have a small household or you live in a warmer climate).  Nevertheless, consider the following:

Trent Hamm, a blogger, concluded that if you’re buying Tide, you’re paying over $0.30 per load. Generic detergents rarely cost much below $0.15 per load. I can easily get the cost down to $0.05 per load, meaning I’m saving at least a dime with every load of laundry I make.

In our house with an average of a load of laundry a day. If we’re comparing to generics, then I’m saving approximately $0.10 per load. Over the course of a year, that’s $36.50. If we’re comparing to Tide, we’re saving about $0.27 per load. Over the course of a year, that’s $98.55.

Try something new?
Do I need to say more? Try it and then decide if it is something for you!

Recipe for success:

On my searches, i stumbled upon The Complete {Photo} Guide to Making Your Own Homemade Laundry Detergent by Jillee. This blog is fantastic!  It walks you through every step with pictures.

So, get ready and make sure you have the following ingredients on hand:

  • 1 bar grated Fels Naptha soap (or whatever soap you like - I used Dove)
  • 1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax
  • 1 cup Washing Soda (not BAKING soda)
  • water
  • bottles or container (3 1-gallon water jugs work best)

Directions: click here to view a step-by-step guide

If you wash with warm water, I would recommend using the following dry mixture:

  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 cup of washing SODA
  • 1 grated soap bar

Directions: Mix all the dry ingredients together. Use 1 Tbsp per load. 

Give it a try!

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