Hey guys! I apologize for not being that active on here lately! College has been crazy and now that it’s past midterm, it’s only getting harder. Speaking of school… it is not cheap! At all. And if I want to travel and go to school, I need to find ways to cut costs. This homemade laundry detergent recipe is a great way to do so. Keep reading to find out the recipe!
How To Make Homemade Laundry Detergent
I have actually had the idea of making my own laundry detergent for over a year now.
Now I am super excited to share with you the homemade laundry detergent I finally made. I figured out I will be saving anywhere up to $100! That’s about the price of a text book, or half the price of a one way plane ticket.
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I’d suggest having the following items:
- A food processor (Or a cheese grater, but this will be more difficult)
- A 5 Gallon Plastic Container for storage
- 2 T Scooper (Should actually come with one of the ingredients)
*Note: This recipe will not yield 5 gallons of laundry detergent, but this size container allows you plenty of space to mix all contents together.
- 55 oz box of Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
- 4 lb box of Arm and Hammer Baking Soda
- 76 oz box (or two 65 oz boxes) of Borax
- 2 (400 g) bars of Zote Soap (or 3 bars of Fels Naptha Soap)
- 3 lbs OxiClean (this should have a scoop with it that you can use)
- 13 oz container of your favorite scent (optional for added fragrance or just use essential oils)
My total cost for all ingredients (which can vary) was $31.
This price even includes having bought an extra soap than needed (oops) and buying some fragrance crystals.
- Take the entire box of OxiClean, Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda, and 76oz of Borax and pour them in your 5-gallon container. Close your container and shake it until all the ingredients are mixed.
- Then, put the shredding blade on your food processor. It looks like a cheese grater in the shape of a disc. Take the soap bars and cut as needed to fit into the feed tube of the food processor. My food processor came with a plastic tube that fit into the feeding tube that I used to push down on the soap to shred faster.
- Once all shredded, put aside soap in a big bowl.
- Change out your food processor blade for the multi-purpose blade.
- Put 3 cups of your shredded soap back into your food processor. At the same time put ¼ of the box of baking soda in.
- Run the food processor on high until the soap and baking soda became super fine like the batch of ingredients already combined. Once fine, pour into your container.
- Repeat until all the soap has been reprocessed through the processor.
- Optional: Once everything is combined, you can add your scented crystals.
- Close and shake well. You’re done!
It’s certainly a bigger upfront cost than your $5-10 detergent from the store. I figure that if I do three loads of laundry a week, I will have enough detergent for 90 weeks! That means I won’t have to worry about buying the ingredients again for over a year and a half. I usually am buying detergent every other month at least.
In case you’re wondering where these numbers come from: the recipe should allow for 271 loads. You will have to figure out how often you do laundry and purchase detergent to see if it’s worth it for you. Part of my savings probably stems from not doing laundry as often as others. So really evaluate if you can do less loads to save yourself a bit more money.
Another thing to note is that this recipe does not have much of a scent, even having added scented crystals to it. This isn’t a big deal to me as long as my clothes are clean (which they are) but I know my boyfriend was a bit disappointed because he loves the smell of Gain.
All in all, I am very happy with how it turned out, and look forward to only paying .12 cents a load to do laundry! For any of you who decide to make your own, I’d love to hear how you thought it turned out. Feel free to recommend any better fragrance to those who might want to add it as well.
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