Making Homemade Dry Laundry Detergent

I have been reading tons of posts about making your own homemade laundry detergent and the amount of money you can save by doing so.  I did tons of research before deciding on a recipe.  I normally use dry detergent but it seems that many people make liquid laundry detergent.  I have no issue with using liquid over dry detergent but the problem I kept running into was that most recipes for liquid detergent made 5 gallons or more at one time.  I am all for saving money in weird ways but the idea of having a five gallon bucket of laundry detergent was not appealing to me in the least.

I finally found a few recipes for a dry version that seemed a bit more my style.  The recipe I finally settled on was one that I found HERE.  I did try it out yesterday after making it and it worked extremely well.  I actually think my towels seemed a bit whiter than normal.

Here is the recipe I used:

1 Bar of Fels Naptha

2 Cups Borax

2 Cups Washing Soda

1 Cup Oxi-Clean (Dollar Store Version)

I grated the bar of soap then mixed it and all of the other ingredients in a large bowl.  I put a cup full at a time in the blender.  It did not take long at all until it became a powder, maybe 30 seconds.

Here is the finished product.  I tried to get a close up so you could see the consistency.

When I finished, it fit perfectly into a large coffee container.  With only 4 people in my house, this should last me a little while.  My next recipe I am going to try using Ivory soap and Gain scent Booster for the smell.  I know it is expensive but I had a few $2.00 off coupons and I love the smell.

Finished Product!

You only need to use 1 TBSP for a regular load.  I used the scoop from the Oxi-CLean since it was just a tad over 1 TBSP.  You can use 2 TBSP for heavily soiled loads.

ACTUAL SAVINGS

This is the price breakdown for the homemade.

Cost:

Fels Naptha Soap – 97¢ at Walmart
76 oz. box of Borax  – $3.38 at Walmart
55 oz box of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda – $3.24 at Walmart
16 oz. container of oxygen bleach  – $1.00 at Dollar Tree

So that is

97¢ – soap

64¢ – Borax

96¢ – Washing Soda

50¢ – Oxygen Bleach

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$3.07 or about 4¢ a per load

As for savings, it would depend what you are paying now.  But that would be easy to figure out.  I don’t have a set detergent as I use whatever is the cheapest thing I have a coupon for but Tide costs $9.24 for 40 loads.  This recipes costs  $1.54 for 40 loads (recipe I made makes 80 TBSP or 80 loads).  Pretty big savings.

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8 Responses to Making Homemade Dry Laundry Detergent

  1. shelconnors says:

    I can’t wait to try this!! Thanks for the recipe :) You always have the best tips on here- I love reading your blog!

    • thriftylivin says:

      Come back and let me know what you think. I really think I am going to like it. I’m even considering making several batches for DIY Christmas gifts if I can find some cute containers cheap.

  2. queenlbee says:

    This is cool. How much do you think you’ll be saving by making your own?

  3. thriftylivin says:

    I will add this to the posts for others who might be curious about the savings. I was truly amazed at the price difference. An added bonus is that it smells wonderful.

    This is the price breakdown for the homemade.

    Cost:

    Fels Naptha Soap – 97¢ at Walmart
    76 oz. box of Borax – $3.38 at Walmart
    55 oz box of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda – $3.24 at Walmart
    16 oz. container of oxygen bleach – $1.00 at Dollar Tree

    So that is

    97¢ – soap

    64¢ – Borax

    96¢ – Washing Soda

    50¢ – Oxygen Bleach

    _________________

    $3.07 or about 4¢ a per load

    As for savings, it would depend what you are paying now. But that would be easy to figure out. I don’t have a set detergent as I use whatever is the cheapest thing I have a coupon for but Tide costs $9.24 for 40 loads. This recipes costs $1.54 for 40 loads (recipe I made makes 80 TBSP or 80 loads). Pretty big savings.

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