Homemade Laundry Detergent

Homemade Laundry Detergent

homemade laundry detergent powder


Many people are under the assumption that making Homemade laundry detergent  is a time-consuming and complicated process.

Well it doesn’t have to be, you can do this easily and inexpensively. In my opinion the product not only rivals that of anything bought at the supermarket, but you know what ingredients you are using.

What I use:

  • Arm and Hammer Super washing soda detergent 55oz $3.24
  • Borax 760z $5.45
  • Ivory bar soap 3 pack $4.54


  1. Shave one bar of soap
  2. Add one cup of Borax
  3. Add one cup of super wash
  4. Stir thoroughly
  5. (Optional for cold water loads you can make this into a finer powder by using a blender or you can further dissolve before use in a pint of warm water before adding to your washer.)
  6. Store in a sealed container

Use 1 Tbsp per load, or 2 -3 Tbsp for large or heavily soiled loads.

  • Arm & Hammer® liquid 100 ounce detergent – $6.79 – 32 loads = $0.21 per load
  • Tide® with Bleach powder 267 ounce detergent – $20.32 – 95 loads = $0.21 per load
  • Homemade powder 32 ounce detergent – $2.98 – 64 loads = $0.05 per load

As you can see, whether I compare against traditional store-bought liquid or powder, you are saving $0.16 per load!

Homemade Liquid Detergent


One thing I always hated about store-bought liquid detergent is that you are primarily paying for water and chemicals that will irritate your skin.

So this recipe I have here takes just about 5 minutes to make and is safe for the environment and your family’s skin!

Homemade Laundry detergent- Liquid

The Liquid detergent takes just three ingredients,  two of which if you have made the powder detergent you should already have.

  • 1 box of Super Washing Soda  $3.24 (55 oz.)  (you get 13.75 uses out of one box)
  • 1 box of Borax 760z $5.45  (you get 19 uses out of one box)
  • 1 gallon of Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap $51.99 (you get 21 uses out of one gallon)


Thing you’ll need

  1. A two-gallon bucket
  2. 1 medium-sized pot
  3. A measuring cup
  4. 2 one-gallon containers to store the detergent


  1. Take a medium size pot and place on the stove. Fill with about 2 cups of water (doesn’t have to be exact).
  2. Heat until about boiling.
  3. Take your two dry ingredients first – the Super Washing Soda and Borax or Baking Soda, and pour them into the pot.
  4. Stir constantly for a few minutes until it is well dissolved.
  5. Add the castile soap and stir until well mixed.
  6. Fill your two-gallon bucket up almost all the way with very warm tap water.
  7. Pour in the contents from your pot and stir well.

I use 1/3 cup per load and do find it’s important to mix the detergent before each use and found it to last for about 96 loads!











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