Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Homemade Laundry Detergent

One simple way to save money is by not buying laundry detergent. No, I don't mean to stop doing laundry, (although that does sound enticing) but to make your own laundry detergent! There are pages upon pages of different recipes for homemade laundry detergent on the internet. I chose to use a powder detergent because it was easier to make than the liquid. I find it is easier to store than the liquid detergent also. I found this recipe at DIY Natural. They have a cost analysis on their website that breaks the cost per load down to $0.05!

This saved a lot of time and effort!
It is a very simple recipe, and it only requires three ingredients. Bar laundry soap (such as Fels Naptha), Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda, and Borax. For one batch you will need the following,

1 bar shaved laundry soap
1 cup A&H Super Washing Soda
1 cup 20 Mule Team Borax

Mix together and you're done! Use one tablespoon per load, or 2 for heavily soiled loads.


-  I used an electric grater (Salad Shooter) and it was a lot easier to grate than doing it by hand. If you are using a hand grater, and find that the pieces of soap are too big, let them dry,then process them further into a powder using a food processor.

-  If you are willing to take the time and prefer a liquid detergent, you can also go one step further and add essential oils to add a fresh scent to your laundry.

-More recipes (including liquid recipes) can be found at tipnut.com


  1. Great recipe! I love your salad shooter idea I am so going to start looking for one of these.....as I always am so tired from all of th grating! Thanks for linking up at The Ole' Saturday Trading Post!

  2. Thanks for this recipe....something I've always wanted to try!

  3. This is a great post too:) Please come share this one at Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways also:) http://frugallysustainable.blogspot.com/2011/11/frugal-days-sustainable-ways-1.html

    I hope to "see" ya soon!

  4. Nichole! I'm so honored! Thank you so very much for linking up to Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways:) I'm so happy to "meet" you! I am totally loving your blog and your posts! I really hope you make Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways a part of your Wednesdays! And keep the great posts comin'
    Very sincerely,
    Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable

  5. I'll have to look in thrift shops for a salad shooter! We grate everything by hand which isn't too bad but a salad shooter or even a food processor would do the job of grating the soap. I currently use Kiss My Face brand for our laundry soap, but I'm going to venture into other brands and smells until we start making our own bars of soap.