Have you ever wanted to go more natural in your household cleaners, but the price tags scared you off? Well, summon your inner thriftiness, because we’ve got a recipe to help you make your very own homemade laundry detergent. If you’re tired of shelling out the big bucks for detergent and fabric softener every month, prepare to be amazed at how easy and budget-friendly this do-it-yourself option is. Hopefully this recipe inspires and motivates you to save some money and create something useful for your home and family!
Those with High Efficiency washers know how pricey HE detergents can be and how fast that laundry bill adds up. Because these washers use less water, they require a special soap that doesn’t produce as many suds as the typical detergent. If you think your machine requires a soap too special for DIY, think again. This homemade detergent produces a very small amount of suds, so it’s a perfect match for these machines. As an added bonus, one recipe makes a nice big batch, and each wash load only requires one to two tablespoons. That means you’ll be able to stretch one batch out for months without having to buy new detergent!
If you have sensitive skin, you might have trouble choosing a detergent that doesn’t bother your skin. Or perhaps the sensitive skin versions are a higher cost than you’d like to spend. This recipe is incredibly versatile, and you can simply substitute the bar of soap for a more organic option that you know won’t irritate your skin.
There’s no limit to the resourcefulness of making these products. Store some in mason jars and give out your detergent as a gift. Tie some twine around and add a homemade tag–perfect for teachers, family, or friends. Who doesn’t love a homemade gift?
Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe
5 gallon bucket (with a lid if possible)
One 76 oz. box of Borax (Find this in the detergent aisle)
One 55 oz. box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (Find this in the detergent aisle)
One 4 lb. box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
Two bars of Zote Soap (Find this in the detergent aisle. Choose white for unscented or pink for scented. May substitute for any natural soap, though Zote is a great choice for laundry.)
3 lb. container OxyClean Stain Remover (Optional)
1 bottle Purex Fabric Softener Crystals (Optional)
1. Finely grate the Zote soap. Use a cheese grater or even a food processor!
2. Add the grated soap and all other ingredients into your bucket. Using a layering method will help to ensure an even mix.
3. Use a large spoon to stir together all ingredients. Mix thoroughly.
4. For each load, you will need 1-2 tablespoons of this mixture. Add your homemade detergent directly to the drum before adding clothing. This soap will dissolve in both hot and cold washes.
5. Store the detergent in a bucket with a lid or cover with plastic wrap. Stir unused mixture at least once a month to prevent hardening.