DIY Laundry Detergent

DIY Laundry Detergent

Laundry detergent.

It’s a household necessity, yet I can’t stand having to make this purchase. Not only does it feel like a waste of money, it pains me to think of the plastic waste it creates. Think about one year’s worth of laundry containers for your household. Now think about the amount of containers in your lifetime. Now think about every household in America. That’s just in one country!

There may be a better way…

Three years ago, I started making my own detergent. The recipe is simple, super easy and depending on the amount of laundry you do, and what kind of containers you use, it’s not something you have to make very often. Here is what you need:

DIY Laundry Detergent

Dish Soap (scented as you prefer, or scentless)
Baking Soda
Gallon Milk Jugs (or used, washed and emptied old laundry detergent containers)*
Optional: Funnel

  1. Boil 4 cups of water for every container
  2. In each of your empty containers, pour in 3T of the Borax and Baking Soda
  3. In each container pour in 2T of Dish Soap
  4. Pour 4 cups of boiling water in each container. (Enough to cover the liquid inside)
  5. Cap the containers and lightly swirl the container to combine the ingredients inside. (Note: this will create a small bit of gas inside the containers)
  6. Open the containers (to release the gas) and let the liquid cool.
  7. Fill the rest of the container with cool water. This will create suds. Essentially what you want to do is let the suds overflow outside the container until the container is at least 7/8 detergent.

One cup of detergent is used per load.

*This recipe is for gallon containers so if you use larger containers, adjust the recipe accordingly.

For my husband and I, one “batch” of this equals 2 old, larger laundry containers. This detergent is so affordable, I usually use 2 cups of detergent per load and we still get two months of loads out of the batch.

I purchased the ingredients for this detergent for my first recipe 3 years ago, and haven’t had to purchase another set yet. It was a total of $11.57 **.

Let’s do the Math

If I had to by a regular detergent, let’s say Tide Clean Breeze at $11.99 per 100 oz., and let’s say I had to buy it every two months (which is on the very low end of frequency), that’s a total of $69.42. In the first year, this recipe could save you $57.85 a year. If you have a large family and you have to buy detergent every month, that is a potential savings of $137.31 a year!

And don’t forget about those plastic containers.  Six to twelve containers saved in your first year and the year after, and the year after…. it’s not only a win for your pocket book but for the environment as well. Definitely a recipe worthwild.

Pricing & Ingredients**

20 Mule Team Borax [$4.09]
Dawn Dish Soap 56 oz. [$6.19]
Arm & Hammer Baking Soda 2lb. [$1.29]
2-3 Milk Jugs Recycled or old Laundry Detergent Jugs [Free]
Total $11.57

[Resource Target.com]

  • Misty
    Posted at 00:21h, 02 June Reply

    Yay! Can’t believe it’s been 3.5 years since I told you about this! I still use it and love it!

    • Dtaube
      Posted at 17:33h, 24 June Reply

      And thank you so much for telling me about it! I tell everyone I know. I have saved so much money from doing this – and I have done it since the day you told me! Such a money saver. 3.5 years – crazy!

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