How to Make Laundry Detergent!

Happy New Year!  

I want to start 2014 off by going green and making my own household cleaners.  

I have slowly been making my own cleaning products to make our house a little more green.  The first recipe that I made in my own liquid laundry detergent.  I have always been a liquid laundry detergent kind of girl.  I found this recipe on e-how and I love the recipe.

DIY Liquid Laundry Soap


I have always used the large 150 ounce laundry soap with the squeeze spout, so this was a perfect container to use to hold my homemade liquid laundry detergent.  I also needed a smaller container to be able to shake the liquid before using in the washing machine, the homemade liquid laundry detergent tends to separate.  I also used Cameron(Silhouette Cameo) to make some labels for my new container.  

make your own labels for bottle with Silhouette


 I also purchased a second container(Prodyne Acrylic Juice Jar) to make my own fabric softener and I will share that recipe with you next week.  

make your own detergent

Here is the recipe that I use for my homemade liquid laundry detergent.  

1/2 cup grated laundry bar, I used Castile Laundry bars, (Kirk’s Natural Castile Soap Original — 4 oz Each / Pack of 3)

1/4 cup washing soda

1/4 cup borax


Grate one bar laundry soap and seal the remaining soap in a plastic bag to use for your next batch.   The first time I made the recipe, I used Fels-Naptha, I switched to Kirk’s because it was cheaper.  

liquid laundry soap

Add 1/2 cup grated laundry soap to 3 cups water.  Heat soap and water on medium heat, stir until completely melted.

melting laundry soap

 Add in the washing soda and borax and stir until dissolved.  Pour soap mixture into a clean bucket and add 2 cups boiling water.  Stir to make sure all the soap is dissolved.  Add 11 cups of water.  Let cool completely and transfer liquid laundry detergent into storage containers.  

Make your own liquid laundry soap


 So I wanted to calculate the cost of making your own and compare it to buying.  I have always heard everyone say how cheap it is to make your own, but I did not want to take anyone’s word for it.  So here is my calculations.  

Try to stay with my crazy way of thinking.  

The Castile bar was $2.48 and I used 1/4 of the bar, =.62 cents.  The borax was .28 cents for 2 ounces and the washing soda was .34 cents for 2 ounces.  My math would be $1.24 for the soap portion.  Mr. DD. stated I needed to calculate the cost of the water.  So yes, we looked at our water bill and we pay 1.79 for 100 cubic feet of water.  There are 748 gallons of water in 100 cubic feet.   There are 128 ounces in a gallon of water so that means there is a HUGE amount of ounces of water in 100 cubic feet.  So at this point I asked Mr. DD if I could just add a penny on my amount and call it good.  Yes, we really had this crazy conversation and yes, he really went and pulled out our water bill to see how much we pay.    Thanks goodness for the ability to Google these crazy questions and to be able to convert measurements.  Where would we be without the internet?

OK, so if you are still with me, the answer is YES, it is very cost-effective to make your own.  Not to mention you are not buying another plastic container each time you make your own, that is helping my house be a little greener.  

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10 Responses to How to Make Laundry Detergent!

    • Rebecca, I have a HE washer and have had no problems using it. I have been using it for about 4 to 5 months.

  1. I followed your recipe for making homemade fabric softner this . It was really simple to make. Right now, I have my first batch of clothes in the washer and I am using the homemade fabric softner. Excited, waiting to see how it comes out when the wash is done.

    • Debora, That is awesome! Wasn’t it fun to make? I am almost out and need to make another batch!

    • Cindy, I use the same amount that I use with regular fabric softner. I fill it to the line on my machine, so I would have to say 1/4 cup. I have never measured what I pour in, just filled to the line! Lol

  2. I have always thought it would be great to make my own laundry, but I haven’t yet. It seems very time consuming so I just go pick up some at the store. Thanks for sharing :)

    • Crystal, It really was not that time consuming. Once you make up your mind to do it, it is easy!

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