One of the most popular threads on the mommysavers Discussion Forums has been how to make homemade laundry detergent. It's a frugal diy project that so many of our members have discovered to help save loads and loads of money (pun intended).
Our member Ellie Mae describes how she does makes her own homemade laundry detergent and answers reader questions here: savings on Homemade Laundry Detergent is HUGE!. Ellie Mae estimates that with each detergent batch she makes at home, she saves over $40.
What You'll Need for Homemade Laundry Detergent:
- 2 bars of Lever 2000 Soap (Ellie Mae has used Coast and Dial soaps, but found that Lever 2000 works the best)
- 1 cup of Borax (20 Mule-Team Borax is cheap HERE on Amazon)
- 2 cups of Washing Soda (you'll find that HERE on Amazon)
- 5 gallon bucket with lid
- Start by grating your bar of soap. You can use a hand grater or a food processor for this task. If you're using a food processor, cut the soap into chunks and process it on high until it's finely ground.
- Boil 8 cups of water. After the water is boiling, slowly add the shredded soap. Be careful so it doesn't boil over. Reduce heat and stir until soap shavings have dissolved (about 5 minutes or so).
- Put 3 gallons of water in bucket, add borax and washing soda then stir. Add the soapy hot water to bucket and stir again.
- Cover and let sit for 24 hours. Label it appropriately so everyone in your household knows what it is. It can be kept indefinitely as none of the ingredients lose effectiveness over time.
- To use your homemade laundry detergent, use one cup per load, depending on the size and level of dirtiness.
- Borax and washing soda can irritate the skin, so you might want to wear gloves while making and handling the detergent.
- This recipe is generally safe for HE washers, but always check with your manufacturer to be sure. If you have an HE washer, you may need to add the detergent directly to the drum rather than the detergent drawer.
- Be aware that homemade detergents may not have the same cleaning power as commercially made products. They might not be able to remove stubborn or set-in stains as effectively.
Always test on a small, inconspicuous area of clothing first before using on your entire laundry load.