Homemade Laundry Detergent

Laundry detergent is one of those things that can eat up a good portion of your budget very quickly. Making your own is so easy and it only requires 3 ingredients. I typically purchase my ingredients at our local WalMart. You can find them on Amazon, but I have found the prices to be better at WalMart. (Prices listed are what I pay in my area. Check your local stores for pricing).

– Borax  -$3.97 for a 76oz. box
– Arm & Hammer Washing Soda (not the same as baking soda) – $3.97 for a 55oz. box
– Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar – $.97/bar

The initial cost of purchasing the items at these prices would be $8.91. However, a box of Borax will make about 9 batches of detergent and a box of washing soda will make about 6 batches. Once you’ve purchased everything, the only item you will have to replace for each batch is the Fels-Naptha bar, which is only $.97. (Here are some fantastic other uses for Fels-Naptha).

The total cost of each batch is $2.07 for 5 gallons of detergent! You can even dilute it to 10 gallons and stretch it even further!

Besides the ingredients listed above, you will also need:

– a 5 gallon bucket w/ a lid
– a used (and cleaned) container to hold the detergent (if you plan to dilute it)
– essential oils, if you want to add them. Some ideas are lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil, orange (add 20-30 drops for a 5 gallon bucket)

Let’s get started.

– Heat 4 cups of water in a pan on the stove. (I got a pan at a local thrift store that I use for making   my home & beauty products).

– Grate the bar so with a box grater and add to pan of water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap is completely dissolved.

– Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda, borax, (and essential oils, if desired). Stir until dissolved.

– Fill bucket to the top with more hot water. Stir again, cover, and let sit overnight.

– The detergent will gel after sitting overnight. Simply give it a good stir and it’s ready to go. If you choose to dilute it, fill a clean, empty container half-way with detergent and then fill the rest of the way with water. You will need to stir (or shake if in a container) before each use.

– Use 1/2 cup of detergent for front loading HE washers and 1 c for regular top loading machines.

Side note:

This is what I use to stir my detergent with. It mixes it so well. It simply attaches to the end of a drill. You can find them at your hardware or home improvement store.

*You are welcome to link back to my blog, but please do not use my words without written permission. All photos on this blog are the property of Prairie Gulch Farm.*

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