Learning how to make your own laundry detergent is quick and easy. Its super cheap compared to expensive laundry detergent and it only takes a few minutes to do. So why pay for laundry detergent? That's a good question! I have been making my own laundry detergent at home for the last six months and I just cant answer that question. You can start saving money today by making your own laundry detergent and I think you will be very happy once you give it a try. So what do I need and where do I start? I thought you would never ask! First we will start with a background check and then I will need you to follow me downstairs to my secret lab where I make all my laundry detergent and I will show you! OK, lets skip the background check. Follow me!
Here is a list of things you will need to make your own laundry detergent at home
1/2 cup of washing soda
1 cup borax
5 gallon bucket with lid (makes 3 gallons of laundry detergent)
That's it? Yep. . that's it! Crazy huh? Almost makes you mad . . doesn't it?
OK. Now for the really super complicated stuff!
How to make your own laundry detergent at home step by step
Step 1 - Grate the bar of soap!
Step 2 - Pour 3 gallons of HOT water into your 5 gallon bucket.
Step 3 - Melt the grated soap in three cups of water in a pot. Don't boil it because it will explode if you do. Just kidding! Seriously, just warm enough until all the soap is melted and then pour it into your 5 gallon bucket of hot water. Stir until its mixed well.
Step 4 - Add 1/2 cup of washing soda and stir until its dissolved.
Step 5 - Add 1 cup of borax and stir until its dissolved.
That's it! You have just learned how to make your own laundry detergent! Just put the lid on and let it sit overnight. When you wake up at 5am to slip a peek at your laundry detergent don't be disappointed. It will need a good stir before its ready. A blender works best to give it that store bought detergent consistency. I use about a 1/2 cup per load but sometimes I get crazy and add a full cup because its so cheap to make. Not really! That would be wasteful. OK.. sometimes!
Why would you want to make your own laundry detergent?
If your like the rest of us your probably tired of paying for expensive laundry detergent or maybe your tired of throwing away all those laundry detergent containers? Not only can you save a lot of money making your own laundry detergent but you can also refill the bottle you have now over and over again. The only thing better then recycling is not having to recycle in the first place. So give it a try. If you don't like it you can always go back to the expensive stuff. If it turns out you enjoyed learning how to make your own laundry detergent then tell all your friends about it!
How much does it cost to make my own laundry detergent?
Borax ($2.98 for 76 oz)
Recipe calls for 8 oz (total cost .32 cents)
Washing Soda ($2.50 for 64 oz)
Recipe calls for 4 oz (total cost .16 cents)
Ivory Soap ($4.27 for 10 Bars)
Recipe calls for 1 bar (total cost .42 cents)
Total Cost (.90 cents for 96 loads)
16 cups per gallon x 3 gallons = 48 cups
48 cups x .5 cups per load = 96 loads
Cost per Load (about a penny)