After seeing it floating around the Pinterest boards and Facebook, I finally decided to try my hand at making my own laundry detergent. There are a few different reasons to make your own cost savings, space saving, all-in-one detergent and to know exactly what is going into your detergent.
3 bars Fels-Naptha
1 box Borax (76 ounces)
1 box Washing Soda (55 ounces)
2 cups of baking soda
2 sm or 1 lg container(s) of Sun Oxyclean
1 container of Purex fabric softener crystals
Grate the bars of soap with a cheese grater or food processor. Mix all ingredients in a very large bowl or tub. It’s important to use a large enough container to have room to stir the heavy powders.
That’s it, you have a year’s worth of detergent for $21!
The cost difference is quite a lot. This recipe makes enough detergent for most families for a year. The break down on that is 4-5 loads a week, so if you use less it should last a lot longer. I makes at least 225 loads of detergent for $21, which means you are paying about .09 a load. Tide with fabric softener is about .23 a load. So, you are saving at least $31 a year there alone. You also have to take into account this is an all-in-one detergent. Which means it includes laundry detergent, oxygen cleaner, stain remover and fabric softener all in the same mix, meaning you have a lot less products to use and that really adds into the saving, you can see how the $31 savings is just the beginning. Here are the actual costs I had:
Oxygen Cleaner $4
Washing Soda $3.50
Baking Soda .50
Fels-Naptha $5 Total $21
It also saves space, a load of tide uses 1/2 a cup of detergent, while this recipe uses 2 Tbs. That is four times less detergent to wash a load of laundry, which means four times less heavy detergent to carry home and store. With this recipe you can store a year’s worth of detergent in less than a two gallon container. I use a two gallon glass jar that not only looks nice, but is just the right size, click the link to check it out.
The last part, and probably the most important factor for many is that this recipe allows you to put in only what you want in your detergent. Including more natural choices over chemicals or just personal preferences. If you want to use separate softener, you have that option. If you want to use a castille soap rather than Fels-Naptha, you can do that. If you make your own soap and want to use that, you can. If you find you do a lot of whites and less colors, you can add in more oxygen cleaner and reduce your need for bleach.
A few notes, I use Lavendar scented purex to compliment the Fels-Naptha. The Fels-Naptha scent is exactly what you imagine a fresh, clean laundry scent should smell like. I like to say it smells like laundry and sunshine. This is by far the best smelling laundry detergent I have ever had. I love this stuff!
Also, I got this recipe from One Good Thing by Jillee. If you haven’t seen her blog, definitely check it out, it has a ton of great stuff on it!
EDITS: I am very pleased to say this recipe lasted my family, of 2 adults, a few days under 2 years.
I’ve also found 1 TBS of the powder is more than enough for a load of laundry, but when I remade it, I chose to double the fabric softener.