Thursday, January 30, 2014

Laundry Detergent

I love making my own things. About a year ago, I decided to start making my own laundry detergent.  The most recent time I made a batch, I calculated my savings.  Each load costs me $0.04 compared to Tide, which is $0.18 per load.  We are saving about 75% each load.  Here is the link of the recipe I've used the past 4 times.

-1 bar of soap, grated
-1 cup of washing soda
-1 cup of borax
-2 gallons of water (one cold)

Grate the soap.  Add the soap to a large pot.  Add a gallon of water to the pot.  Heat until the soap dissolves. Add the borax and washing soda.  Pre-pour your gallon of cold water and set aside. Stir constantly and bring to a boil.  (Don't forget to stir!  Don't walk away!  It will boil over and be realllllllyyyyy soapy messy all over your stove. This happened to me the first TWO times I made it.)  Once you brought it to a boil, remove from heat. Add the cold water while stirring. Using a funnel, pour the detergent into your containers.  Let it cool and gel for about 24 hours before use.  Shake before use and use 1/2 cup per load.

-NEVER stop stirring or monitoring the detergent after you add the borax and soda.  Like I mentioned above, it will boil over and become a disaster!
-Before you make it, start saving study containers.  Juice containers are perfect!  The gallon jugs are too flimsy for shaking.  It makes more than 2 gallons, so plan containers for that.
-When you pour the detergent, leave some space at the top.  If it's too full, you won't be able to shake it.  You really need 2 people to pour it because the pot is really hot and heavy.  I utilize a strong husband to pour it and I hold the funnel.
-You can add a couple drops of essential oil to make it slightly scented.

This picture was of the third time I made it.  (Note: this picture was taken before the detergent had fully set.  It's more viscous and thick once it's fully set.)


  1. I'll edit the entry and add the recipe and my tips. Good idea, Valerie!