How to make your own laundry detergent

In this day and age, we’re all looking to save here and there. One of the easiest ways to save money is on laundry detergent!

After perusing Pinterest and asking others, I discovered the basic ingredients needed to make my own at-home detergent. I did not like how the liquid detergent looked and people I spoke to did not think it worked that well either. Instead, I opted to combine a few different pins and found this formula to work the best.

The ingredients are simple (AND CHEAP!)

  • 4 lb. box Baking Soda (orange box on the left in the photo)
  • 4 lb. box Super Washing Soda (yellow box)
  • 4 lb. box of Borax (white box)
  • 3 bars of Fels Naptha soap (small bars on the right – pink & hunter green)

You will need a large container for mixing and a storage container for general use. I’m lucky enough that my mom had THE perfect container to use!

Step 1: Grate the bars of Fels Naptha soap (I used a regular cheese grater and then washed it very well).

Step 2: Add the three boxes of other ingredients. Be wary of some of the power flying up and be sure that no children are around in case of excessive powder dust!

Step 3: Store in a container until you are ready to use. For general washing, approximately 2 tablespoons will be perfect!

My soap ingredients cost approximately .00 total. My detergent lasts me quite some time (even with two little, like-to-get-muddy boys). The ingredients I need are usually found in the laundry soap aisle. The Fels-Naptha soap in bar foam also makes a great stain remover to rub on clothing prior to washing.

Have you made your own laundry detergent or homemade cleaner? We would love if you shared with us on our page!

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