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.
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.
This is the price breakdown for the homemade.
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.