How To Make Your Own Laundry Detergent


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 bar of soap (Ivory works great)
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)

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The Zion Project is what my family is calling our journey into homesteading. Call it simple living, homesteading, self sufficient or even self reliant because its all the same to us. I wish that I could say that we are successful homesteaders with a lot of helpful advice to share with you but that's not the case. Not yet anyways. We are learning as we go and we invite you to stick around as we attempt to become more self reliant by living off the land.

The Zion Project

A family's desire to go from city to farm. From endless traffic lights to endless country dirt roads. A desire to walk in a garden instead of a grocery store. A choice to raise chickens instead of buying eggs. A dream to build a house instead of owning a thirty year mortgage. A place where family and friends are more important then careers. To create a homestead with the focus of becoming self reliant. To become dependent on the land we live on and not the society we created around it. The ability to thrive in world that appears to be falling apart in so many ways.

Why do we want a more self-reliant lifestyle?

My family was living in St. Augustine Florida when we first started thinking about becoming more self sufficient. I don't remember exactly when and where but I am sure it had to do with the rough economy, rising gas prices, and rising food prices when we realized the world we live in is far from stable. Add in five nights a week of Glenn Beck and a wake up call from Hurricane Katrina and we realized that our family wasn't prepared to survive a week without Wal-Mart. The truth makes you sick at first but also makes you stronger if you choose not to ignore it.We have a lot of reasons for choosing a more simple life. More then anything I think we want more options. We want to learn how to grow our own fruits and vegetables as well as raising our own dairy cow for the milk, cheese and butter. We also want to raise our own chickens so that we would have our own source of eggs and meat on our homestead. This way of living has always been around but we feel its becoming more and more important for people to at least know how to live off the land.

The Road Ahead

This is not a story about how we did it. We are a long ways from that. This is a story about how we are doing it. One sacrifice at a time. We are taking this opportunity to use this forum to document our experiences. We are calling it the Zion Project.