Note: I’ve made this detergent so many times that I have no idea anymore where the ‘recipe’ actually came from. I do know that there are plenty of blogs that share the same ratio of ingredients so I do not claim this to be my own original invention. I just want to share with you what I do to save money on laundry products.
Homemade Laundry Detergent
For my detergent I use a simple blend of washing soda, borax and a cleaning bar soap, all of which can be found at most grocery stores. I’ve bought these ingredients at Target, Wal-Mart and Meijer.
I currently use Fels-Naptha for the bar soap but anything similar should work. I have considered looking for other types of soaps that might be less harsh, but I have not yet done that so I can’t really recommend anything at this time. However, I have heard that castille bar soap is another good option.
- Grate the whole bar of soap. I grate the soap with my food processor which literally takes less than a minute.
- Dump the grated pieces of soap into a bowl and put the blade attachment on the food processor.
- Put 1 cup borax, 1 cup washing soda and grated soap into the food processor.
- Pulse it a few times to allow the ingredients to mix well and break up the soap a little more. Once it is mixed well, transfer it to a container with a lid.
Use 1-2 tablespoons per load.
That’s it! Super easy and inexpensive!
Free Printable Label and Instructions
I created a printable label and attached it to my detergent container so I thought I would share it with you too! To print the label for your own laundry detergent, simply click the image below and print from your browser window. Please use for personal purposes only. Thanks!
Do you make any of your own laundry products?
What other tips do you have to save money on laundry?