Simple 3 Step Homemade Laundry Detergent
Have I mentioned lately that I am really, really cheap? No? Well now you know and knowing is half the battle. I seriously don’t like to pay for anything so I can make myself ? I will. However, with that being said? I am also REALLY lazy most days…lol. Not the “I won’t work at all” kind of lazy, but the “*sigh* when can I rest?” kind of “I just don’t want to do this today” lazy…lol, so I’m usually looking for things that are really, REALLY easy to do.
Enter my simple homemade laundry detergent recipe.
Seriously. It couldn’t be any easier. It cleans better than any store bought I’ve ever seen and its super cheap to make too. For what I can make a triple batch of this stuff for, I’d only get one small bottle of laundry detergent from the store! Crazy savings, right? I tend to make very large batches so that is what my recipe is geared for, but you can scale it down if you need to. This recipe, as is, makes enough laundry detergent to last my family of 3, at least 3 months doing laundry everyday.
You will need:
- 1 Box of Borax
- 1 box of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (this is NOT baking soda…its washing soda, in a much bigger box and is found in the laundry aisle)
- 3 bars of Ivory bar soap – You CAN also use Fels Naptha, but I don’t personally like it. It irritates my nose way too much when I’m grating it.
- Food processor or cheese grater – It also helps if you have a food processor, but you don’t need one. You can grate the soap by hand.
Ready for the steps? Here ya go.
Grate the bar soap into a fine powder. Mix the box of borax with the washing soda and add the grated soap. Stir well and stir in an air tight container. To wash clothes, use 2-3 tablespoons per load, more for dirtier loads. You should never have to use more than 4 tablespoons for a load though…this stuff works that well!
Ta da! Done! Seriously that’s it. I just don’t understand laundry detergent recipes that are long and convoluted…lol. If you want to a scent for your detergent aside from the scent of the Ivory, you can use an essential oil. Lavendar, Citrus or Lemon would all make a really nice smelling detergent! I also like to use this Celestial Waters fragrance sometimes too. Makes it smell just like the store bought stuff does! Whatever you use, just add a few drops to your batch and mix well so there aren’t any clumps.