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Make Your Own Frugal Laundry Detergent

Posted: 04/30/13 5:00 AM (Modified: 04/30/13 5:00 AM)


I wanted to take the time today to post a recipe for dry Homemade Laundry Detergent, it is my favorite! I usually make this in conjunction with our Homemade Fabric Softener recipe. This is not only easy to make but it's also much easier to keep on hand than the liquid form. I make this by the ton not just for myself but my other family members at all. I promise, it works!

Homemade Powder Laundry Detergent:

1 Bar Shaved Soap (Fels Naptha or Ivory. Ivory is much easier to find, my detergent below though is yellow because I used Fels Naptha).

1 cup of Borax

1 cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda


Stir the ingredients together (after shaving the soap) and use 2 TBS per load of laundry. This method should work well in HE front loader washers as well since it is a low-suds formula.

I always keep some of this on hand, I primarily use detergent that I've been able to pick up for next to nothing with coupons but when I run out, I grab my homemade detergent. It's great if you have any skin sensitivities too!

How much are you really saving? Well, I'm glad you asked! I checked out the Tide prices at Walmart and compared them to my homemade detergent recipe. Check out the breakdown:

Tide per load cost .23

Homemade Detergent cost per load .07


40 loads of Tide $9.24 at Walmart

40 loads of Homemade Detergent $2.80

We are talking MAJOR savings just by making your own detergent! It takes about 5 minutes to make and can be easily stored in a Mason jar on the shelf or put it into your old detergent box.


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Apr 30, 2013 06:37 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

My aunt made this and gave it to us to try and I gotta say I love this stuff! We have 4 kids so I am ALWAYS doing laundry sooo much cheaper than tide and works better too"

Apr 30, 2013 09:12 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Do you know if this works with HE washers?

Apr 30, 2013 09:52 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I have a front load HE washer. Just wondering if anyone has used this in the same type of washer. My thought was it might gum up the detergent dispenser with the shredded soap. Appreciate anyone's feedback. Thanks!

May 4, 2013 08:26 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I grated my soap with the cheese grated on my Kitchen Aid Mixer. Worked great

Jul 8, 2013 01:15 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Cut down costs further by using a spin dryer and hang your clothes outside.

Jul 20, 2013 08:05 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I use the same recipe but only 1/2 a cup of borax and works brilliantly. and i also dont have any problems with my front loader using the grated soap it disolves so quickly being grated so finely that i can use it on cold wash and still have no problems.

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