How to Make Cheap Homemade Laundry Detergent


Commercial laundry detergent can be quite expensive. However, you can make your own homemade laundry detergent for a fraction of the cost of buying commercial detergent, averaging under a penny per load depending upon the cost of supplies in your local area. A 5-gallon batch of laundry detergent is enough for 240 loads of laundry. Only a few supplies are needed, many of which can be found at your local hardware store or grocery store.

Things You'll Need

  • 5-gallon bucket with lid
  • Grater
  • Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Water
  • Laundry bar soap
  • Borax
  • Washing soap
  • Grate 2 cups of laundry bar soap.

  • Boil 4 cups of water in a large saucepan on medium heat.

  • Slowly add the soap to the water. Stir the mixture until the soap has completely dissolved.

  • Fill half of the bucket with hot water. Add 1/2 cup borax and 1 cup washing soda to the water. Stir contents of the bucket for 20 to 30 seconds.

  • Pour the soapy water from the saucepan into the bucket. Stir for an additional 20 to 30 seconds to thoroughly mix the ingredients.

  • Fill the bucket with hot water. Secure the lid and allow the laundry detergent to set overnight. In the morning, the laundry detergent will have a gel-like consistency and look similar to clear egg drop soup. Use 1/2 cup of detergent per load of laundry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add 5 to 6 drops of essential oils or 1/4 cup of your favorite laundry detergent to your homemade laundry detergent to infuse your favorite scent to the detergent.

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  • "Frugal Living for Dummies"; Deborah Taylor-Hough; 2003
  • "Suddenly Frugal: How to Live Happier and Healthier for Less"; Leah Ingram; 2010
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