One of the biggest homemade items I’ve been able to save the most on has been making my own homemade laundry detergent. Plus it’s super simple and takes only a few minutes of your time to make!
Here’s a list of the ingredients you’ll need:
- 1 cup Borax ($12.44)
- 1 cup Washing Soda ($11.69)
- Bar of Soap (any will do, I got mine at my local coop for $4.49)
- 20 drops Essential Oil ($8.73 – any scent you prefer for clothes, sheets, etc.)
You’ll also need a few other items:
- a sifter
First, you’ll want to grate your bar of soap. This is the hardest and most time consuming part. That’s how easy it is to make your detergent. You just grate it straight into whichever container you want your detergent to go into. For my container, I have a large 2 gallon glass container that I keep next to my washer/dryer. It’s big enough for me to double this recipe and not have to deal with making new detergent for about 6 months.
It helps to have someone with you while grating since it’s rather boring. If they want to lend a hand or paw, that’s even better!
Once your soap is grated, you want to sift the laundry soda and borax since they both tend to clump. It’s equal parts of each. You mix it all together in the container and then add the essential oil of your choice. I prefer lavender, but mint or citrus are both equally refreshing. Your final product should look like this:
I’ve saved the plastic top from some older plastic containers from when I still bought detergent 4+ years ago. Otherwise, depending on how big your load of laundry is, anything from 1/8 – 1/4 cup is more than enough to do the job.
Overall, the total cost is about $0.28/oz. There’s a lot that could change the cost and how much you are saving, but ultimately I’m more than ok with doing a little bit of work to have a more natural detergent that is so low waste.