DIY Laundry Detergent!

DIY Laundry Detergent!

Happy Friday, Friends! This week’s DIY project is all about that dreaded DIRTY WORD that all mothers HATE to hear…LAUNDRY!!! And boy, does our family know about dirty clothes!?!? As a family of 6, we have to wash 1-2 loads per day just to keep up. If not, our clothes pile will look like the size of MOUNT EVEREST!

pile of laundry

YIKES!!! Anybody have some climbing gear!?!?


With our family generating such a large amount of laundry everyday, you can only imagine how much we were spending in detergent. In reality, we were literally pouring money right down the drain every time we washed a load of clothes. So, we began researching alternative ways to save some money on our laundry detergent.


BYE, BYE hard earned money!


One day, I had a friend mention to me that she made her own laundry detergent, and loved it. It was a homemade liquid detergent, but it had to be cooked on the stove. We tried it, but it was A LOT of work and just felt that it was not the right recipe for our family. So, we began experimenting with other recipes. All of which basically consisted of the same ingredients (for the most part), but the amounts and consistencies varied. After much testing, we finally HAD IT! 

The mixture that we came up with is a powder that does not need to be cooked or processed. We are basically able to purchase the ingredients all from 1 store, bring them home, and after a little preparation… simply mix them all together. And then BOOM… Ready to start washing some clothes! 


-It is HE washer friendly, as it does not cause suds.

Budget friendly, as all ingredients used are inexpensive and go a VERY LONG WAY. Each batch costs $6.82 !!! … OR $0.02 a LOAD!!! This is a HUGE savings compared to other leading brand laundry detergents that cost $0.12 + per load.

-It is also quick and easy to make, only consisting of a few ingredients that need very little preparation.

Only a small amount is needed per load (1-2 tablespoons), so you will not need to make batches often.

Save time, as you will not need to run back and forth to the store to frequently purchase laundry detergent, or more materials to make more homemade detergent.

-Great for sensitive skin. (You can choose a hypoallergenic soap)


  • 3 Cups of Borax
  • 3 Cups Washing Soda
  • 3 Cups of Baking Soda
  • 2 Bars of Soap (You can use any kind). We use Fels Naptha. It can be found on the same laundry isle in the grocery store as the other materials for this project.
  • We also like to add some lavender essential oils to give it a little calming scent. (Optional)
  • You can also add a little Oxy Clean if you need more stain fighting power. (Optional)

Ingred laundry det

*NOTE: We have provided links to these products if you would like to either purchase online to save on time, or read more information on these products. The prices listed online can tend to be more costly than if found in the store and will more than likely cost more than $0.02 per load.*


1. Grate the soap with a cheese grater. (Yes, it does look like Parmesan cheese! But don’t let you tummy trick you into tasting it!) 

grating soap

2. In a large container: mix the borax, washing soda, baking soda, grated soap, and essential oil.

mix ingredients

3. Now mix all of the ingredients together thoroughly. And this is what your mixture will look like…

det finished

And here is our finished product…..

PicMonkey Photo

All done! Just add 1-2 tablespoons to each load of laundry! 

COST Per Load: 

I’m going to break down the cost for you so you can see how cheap this really is:

  • 3 cups of Borax = $1.20
  • 3 cups of Washing Soda = $1.12
  • 3 cups of Baking Soda = $1.00
  • 2 Bars of Soap = $2.00

TOTAL COST PER BATCH = $6.82 !!! … OR $0.02 a LOAD!!! 🙂

Y’all, it doesn’t get any better than that! Enjoy!

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