A few weeks ago I showed you How to Make Your own Dishwasher Detergent Tabs which was very easy and cost effective! A lot of readers wanted to know how to make homemade laundry detergent. Well I did some research and found out it is also easy and cost effective. My brother’s family has been making their own laundry detergent for years and directed me to The Original Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe. It only takes 3 ingredients, too! My final cost was $0.53 cents to make 32 loads! That’s a lot cheaper than my stock up price on laundry detergent! The nice thing was they were almost the same ingredients I use to make detergent tabs so I had it all the ingredients in my home!
You remember I talked about Washing Soda in my Detergent Tab post? To make this recipe you can use Washing Soda which is in the laundry soap area of the store. It’s made by Arm & Hammer. HOWEVER this is almost the same as Baking Soda! The only difference is that you can make washing soda by cooking baking soda. Washing Soda cost $1 more per box so I decided to use my Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and make it myself! It added an extra step, but really was no big deal. It wasn’t a lot of extra effort.
Here’s how I did it. First you need your ingredients. Scroll to the bottom for a printable list of ingredients. You will need Borax. This has many uses – I put a recipe to make Flubber at the bottom of my Dishwasher Tab post!
I bar (or 4.5 oz) of shaved bar soap (Ivory, ZOTE, Fels-Naptha) or use the fun microwave puffed ivory soap method instead of shaving it
1 cup Borax
1 Cup Washing Soda – you can see I used Baking Soda above
I got the Homemade Washing Soda Recipe from Penniless Parenting. Basically you just lay out your One cup Baking soda, Bake at 400 degrees for an hour. I stirred mine every 20 minutes. Easy! You do not have to do this step. If you want to buy Washing Soda skip this step.
Grate your bar soap. I used Ivory and it was fast! I think I counted 13 seconds to grate it!
Mix the Borax, Washing Soda and Ivory Flakes for a few minutes. That’s it! You are done and it’s ready to use!
I cleaned out a Ragu Spaghetti jar and started putting the detergent into it.
Use 1 Tablespoon of detergent in your washer.
That’s it! Now you can do your laundry! My brother said that they use warm water to help dissolve it. If you wash in cold you may want to add it to the water first to help it dissolve.
The jar looks plain so you can decorate it. Here are a few ideas I came up with some scraps of material laying around my house.
I have some fabric, fancy yarn and scissors.
Cut a square fabric just larger than the lid. Get an old canning ring to help hold it in place (or you can use a glue gun.)
Place fabric on lid and press canning ring on to hold it.
Now you have a jar decorated! You could also just decorate the bottom of the jar like this:
Cut out a square of fabric larger than the jar.
Fold the fabric (or wrap) it up around the jar.
Wrap fancy yarn around it to hold the fabric in place.
Tie the yarn and leave the top open in your laundry room to use as needed! I don’t recommend leaving the top open if you have children around your home.
Or you can simply use fancy yarn on the jar! That’s the way I left mine!
You can print the list here: