Learning how to make homemade laundry detergent is the easiest thing since sliced bread. And it’s cheaper. My faithful brand-name (Tide) costs over $.50/load (the estimated load/box is for a small scoop, but if you wash a full load, it amounts to half of that! Like anything, serving size matters.)

In less than 15 minutes, you can make over 6 months worth of laundry detergent. What is the average cost per load? $.03-$.05!


Purchase three ingredients. Borax, washing soda and a soap. Many recipes call for Ivory. I use Fels Naptha for heavy duty and Kirk’s Castille for hypo-allergenic needs.



Cut one bar of soap into chunks. Blend with 1 cup borax and washing agent to reach desired constancy. If you don’t have a blender that can handle this, grate the soap by hand. Use 1 tbsp per large load of clothing. Add 1-2 drops of essential oil such as lavender or lemon if desired.


About once a week, add 1/2 cup white vinegar to the liquid bleach container and run with the load. There is no smell on your clothes. This keeps the washer fresh. Don’t wait for the musty smell to remind you.

Did I mention that homemade laundry detergent works BETTER than Tide? Seriously. You can’t buy this kind of endorsement. I’m not for sale!

Once you start using homemade laundry detergent, you’ll never be tempted to buy expensive brand-names again.

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