Dropping $20 on a container of Tide was nothing to me. I’m a huge fan of the way Tide smells and lets face it, we want extremely clean clothes. After visiting my sister one holiday, I asked to do some laundry before heading home with an exploding suitcase filled with dirty laundry. After starting my wash, I soon realized there wasn’t any laundry detergent. Or so I thought. She quickly taught me that homemade laundry detergent is just as effective, much cheaper and lasts you just as long as the container you buy in the store.
Now, I wouldn’t do anything except make my own detergent. I do add Downy Unstoppables into my wash, however that’s just for an added scent booster and is entirely up to you. Now I cannot take credit for discovering this recipe, I have simply modified a few different ones that I have come across, however the very first recipe I started using was by a blog, ‘Why Not Sew?‘.
Try it out. It’s very inexpensive and can save you a ton of money every month if you do as much laundry as I do!
Laundry Detergent (Homemade):
- 1 bar of soap (any kind/scent that you desire)
- 1 cup of Borax
- 1 cup of Baking Soda or Washing Soda (whichever you can find)
- a big pot ( that holds more than 2 gallons)
- a grater
- a long spoon
- large container (holds more than 2 gallons)
What you do:
- Grate your bar of soap
- Add 1 gallon of water into the big pot, along with soap shavings and cook down until soap dissolves
- You want to add the borax and washing soda or baking soda
- Bring to a boil and the soap will start to come together
- Turn off the heat and add another gallon of water
- Stir mixture well
- Pour detergent into desired containers. Milk jugs, mason jars, or even an unused drink dispenser work well.
**Use approximately 1/2 cup of detergent per load for a medium-large sized load of laundry.
Original credit for this recipe & credit for the below photo goes to: Why Not Sew?