When you start reading frugal blogs and books, before too long you run into homemade laundry detergent, some make the liquid goop others the powdered kind. I’ve kept telling myself I should try making some if I wanted to fit in with the other self-proclaimed penny-pinchers, but I didn’t know what all those strange ingredients were that were involved in detergent making, plus there’s so many recipes out there! But alas I finally decided to give it a whirl and it really wasn’t that complicated!
There’s a lot of detergent recipes out there, I decided to stick with a simple one for my first try:
- 1 bar of Fels Naptha soap
- 2 cups of super washing soda
- 2 cups of borax
- a few drops of a scented essential oil (I happened to have some lavender oil on hand that I used, but this is completely optional).
Now if you’re anything like me, I’d never bought any of the above ingredients in my life, but thankfully Twinology 2011 had a post about laundry soap and she said you could find these in the laundry isle, and she was right! All 3 of the necessary ingredients were in the laundry detergent section at Wal-Mart!
Then mixed all of the ingredients together.
Then I decided the bar soap was rather big and ran all of the detergent through the food processor. Next time I might try microwaing it first, or maybe just leave it grated, I don’t know yet.
Store it in any kind of container you like, a pretty glass jar with a lid, a big zipper top bag or an old ice-cream tub like me! Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load.
According to The Thrifty Couple (where I got the basic recipe), it costs about 4 cents per load. While that is cheaper than your regular store-bought detergent, I don’t think it’ll save us hundreds a year, but…
- Every penny counts!
- It takes just minutes to make, and I’m guessing I’ll only have to make it every few months.
- It’s actually kind of fun and satisfying to do it yourself.
- I have more control over what scents and things go in it.
- Now maybe the really serious tightwads will take me more seriously!
Have you ever made your own laundry detergent? Liquid or powder? What were the results? Did you make it with your regular kitchen utensils, or do you have a separate grater and such for your soap?