Homemade laundry detergent – for $3!

This easy DIY recipe will make you enough laundry detergent for 64 loads of laundry! And costs $3. And is done in 5 minutes.
Yes. That’s insane. Insanely awesome.

Ingredients:
1 cup borax
1 cup washing soda
1 bar of soap

(yes, a whole box of borax and washing soda costs more. but you only need one cup of each! split it with 4 friends.)

Ok, ready? Gather your  ingredients and tools. (you’ll need a grater, bowl, stirring spoon, and one cup measure-er)

Get ready for the super hard 4 steps:
1. Grate bar of soap into a bowl

2. Pour in one cup of borax

3. Pour in one cup of washing soda

4. Mix for a couple of minutes until all the grated soap breaks up and the mixture looks like regular dry laundry detergentSteps altogether for homemade laundry detergent:
1. Grate bar of soap into a bowl
2. Pour in one cup of borax
3. Pour in one cup of washing soda
4. Mix for a couple of minutes until all the grated soap breaks up and the mixture looks like regular dry laundry detergent
And that’s it. It’s so easy. Now I feel kinda dumb that I have been buying expensive laundry detergent this long! Oh well. Start saving money now!

I keep mine in an IKEA tupperware. I use one tablespoon per load, maybe 1.5 for huge or extra dirty ones.

And instead of buying fabric softener? Use vinegar. So cheap and it acts as a fabric softener AND a static cling reducer! What! Why am I just now learning all of this….

OR you could keep it in a cute bowl like this! Not as practical though :)

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98 Comments

  1. Robert May 2, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Don’t stress over the terminology. “Detergent” just means “cleaner”. So soap IS a detergent!

    That said, although some of you are reporting good effects on fabrics, these alkali-heavy recipes that’ve gotten around would’ve been considered inferior and hard on fabrics in the long run in the days when laundry detergents were all soap-based. The better quality soap powders were mostly soap with only a little alkali (such as washing soda or borax), much less than in the formula given above.

  2. Beth Hill Wood June 2, 2014 at 3:08 am

    I love the washing powder recipe. I use the Fes-Naptha soap and it works really well. I have found my clothes are much softer, just as clean as commercial brands and they smell…clean and fresh. I add a small amt of oxy clean for my husbands work clothes just for the boast in cleaning dirt, dust and sweat. I have also made the liquid recipe and it works great too. I just didn’t like making it too much and storage of all of that liquid is troublesome..it makes a little more than 3 gallons.
    I love my DYI cleaners..I use the recipe for dishwasher detergent as well..very pleased with it also.
    For stain treatment, I use 2 parts hydrogen peroxide , 1 part Dawn dishwashing liquid and just spray it on the stains and it works wonders..even in the Sough georgia clay !

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  4. Rose January 2, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Is this detergent OK to use in a HE washer?

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  7. Cleaners Tufnell Park Ltd. September 9, 2015 at 5:15 am

    Amazing recipe! I usually put some essential oil in my homemade detergent, too. There are plenty of scents. I prefer lavender. But it is up to you. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I am glad that there are so many people interested in using natural ingredients. Best regards!

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