I have been using Homemade Laundry Detergent for at least 6 months now, and I LOVE IT! It is easy, inexpensive, green, and it works! When I tell people I do this, I often get “I just don’t have time to do that.” I thought that, too, until I put it into perspective–it is like making a very inexpensive, 3 ingredient recipe that makes a huge batch, and lasts for months because you only use 2 Tbls/load!
I have tried 2 recipes, both are quite popular on the web. This is the first one I used and it is the one I will stick with. It is easy to make (no measuring), uses a true soap with no fillers, makes a lot, and does not have an off- putting scent.
1 box Borax (76oz)
1 box Washing Soda (55oz)
1 bar Kirks Castile Soap
If you click on this link, it will take you to a picture tutorial on Instructables of how to make it. Be sure to read the comment section while you are there, the author answers many questions which I found very helpful.
The second one was a bit more pricey, used a soap that had ingredients that were not as pure, and I really didn’t see much difference. Fels Naptha soap is pretty scented, which I didn’t care for. I know people who really like this recipe, and it is very popular on the web, so I thought I would share it even though it is not my first pick.
1/2 cup Borax
1/2 cup Washing Soda
1 cup Fels Naptha Soap, grated
If you have ever seen the TV show “18 Kids And Counting,” you will know that the Duggar family work hard at being frugal. They use a Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent which I have never tried, I like how my powder soap looks in my big jar, and I think powder is less messy. The Duggar recipe needs some cooking and stirring, but if it works for 18 kids and is still being used even despite fame and fortune, it must work well!!
*TipNut has an amazing resource for Homemade Laundry Detergent FAQ’s.
The first recipe is supposed to be GREAT as a toilet, bathtub and grout cleaner when made into a paste with some water. I’m excited to try this, as I have been buying “Method” brand toilet cleaner from Target, which costs more than I would like to spend.
My husband and I went on a mission a few months ago, to STOP all unnecessary spending. The first couple months we called “No Spend” months, and we really buckled down and tried our best to only spend when absolutely necessary! We have been a bit more relaxed lately, but we are still very frugal. We have been able to save a few thousand dollars by doing this, which is pretty amazing, as we were not big spenders in the first place. It has been super fun…yup, I said FUN! It really is all in the attitude. We have so much to be thankful for, so I looked at this as a fun challenge, eager to see just how much we could save buy being purposeful about every cent. We both have been surprised at how much we we’ve saved, and feel super blessed that we have been able to pay off debt. I have learned that spending even a dollar here or a dollar there adds up fast! When you make a bunch of little changes to save a bit here and a bit there, that also adds up fast! Check this:
Making our own detergent is a great example of how we have been able to save in small ways that add up. Making my own cleaners, laundry detergent and dishwasher detergent has saved us A LOT of money, and I love that our home contains fewer harsh chemicals.