Frugal Living: Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

Frugal Living: Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

Frugal Living: Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

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by MoneySavingQueen.com

MoneySavingQueen

Posted on May 9, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Updated Monday, May 14 at 3:02 PM

 

I just made a new batch of Homemade Laundry Detergent and I thought I would post this recipe again for those of you who have not seen it. Hands down, this is one of the most popular posts on our site and my personal favorite as well. Normally, I use Ivory soap but I have switched it up with Fels Naptha which seems to get those tough stains out.

{Homemade 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

Essential Oil (Optional)

Directions:

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

                     OR

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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