Saving Naturally

Homemade Laundry Detergent (Recipe and Video)

Guest Post by Jackie of Lilolu

Homemade laundry detergent can be environmentally friendly and save you a bundle. There are many variations of this laundry detergent but I prefer the liquid version since it works best in high efficiency front loaders. It has saved me a lot of money and I hope it will do the same for you. Enjoy.

18 cups of water
1 Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Bar Soap or Fels Naptha soap bar
1 cup of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (Baking Soda will not work – It must have sodium carbonate)
1/2 cup of Borax
3 gallons of hot water
5 gallon bucket

1. The following items will be needed:

2. Grate the Dr Bronner’s soap or Fels Naptha soap with a food processor or a hand grater. This will help the soap dissolve quickly.

3. Bring 18 cups of water to a simmer. Pour the grated soap and stir until it is dissolved.

4. Add one cup of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (Must be sodium carbonate)

5. Add 1/2 cup of Borax and stir until it is completely dissolved.

6. Add 3 gallons of hot water to a 5 gallon bucket. Then pour your dissolved mixture in the bucket and stir. Let it sit overnight.

7. The following is the end result.

Cost for 4 gallons of homemade laundry detergent:

1 bar Fels Naptha $1.29

55 oz box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda $2.75 (1 cup cost .40¢)

76 oz box Borax $3.79 (1/2 cup cost .20¢)

4 gallons = 64 cups or 64 heavily soiled loads

Total cost per load = .03¢ Happy washing!

Jackie is a mother of 3 and a wife who loves quotes, poetry and learning something new every day.  She has a passion for learning to live an organic life and documents this journey on her blog, Lilolu.  She is also the creator of Mama’s Quotes.

Co-founder @ Giving Assistant, holistic health nut, avid runner, outdoor enthusiast, travel guru, party planner extraordinaire.