Homemade Laundry Detergent

I have begun making my own laundry detergent and am thrilled with the results!

Why make homemade?

  • It’s VERY inexpensive! (Check out my price comparisons below.)
  • Non-toxic and safe for the environment.
  • It’s easy!
  • Being self-sufficient is FUN!


Powdered recipe:

1 bar of Ivory soap, grated using cheese grater or food processor

1 cup Borax*

1 cup Washing Soda*

Mix it all together and store in an airtight container. Use 1 Tbsp for regular loads and 2 Tbsp for heavily soiled loads. (I keep a plastic Tbsp scoop in my jar for easy measurements.)

With this recipe you can wash approximately 48 loads of laundry.

*These can be found in the laundry isle.


See, isn’t that easy?

You can also make liquid laundry detergent. The liquid detergent is a little bit more labor-intensive, but it is cheaper.


Liquid Recipe:

1 bar  Ivory soap, grated

1 cup Borax

1/2 cup Washing Soda


Place grated soup with 5 cups water on stove. Bring the water just shy of a boil and stir until the soap is completely melted. When the soap is just about melted, pour 3 gallons of hot water into the 5-gallon container and let it sit until the soap in the pot is totally melted. Once all of the soap shavings are melted, pour the mixture into a 5-gallon container and stir.

Once the soap and water are thoroughly stirred, add the ½ cup pf washing soda and stir until dissolved. Once the washing soda is dissolved, pour in the cup of borax and stir again until dissolved.

Cover the container, and let it sit overnight. Once it’s cooled it will gel. It will not gel uniformly so it will be lumpy and watery. It may not be very attractive, but it works. It’s best find smaller storage containers for convenience. (Empty store-bought laundry detergent containers work great.) Shake container each time before using.

Use 1/2 cup per laundry load.

This recipe yields 442 oz of laundry detergent. With this recipe you should be able to wash 110 ½ loads of laundry.

These recipes will make your clothes look and smell very clean, however, they do not have fragrances. If you want to add fragrances, you can add a few drops of essential oils. With the dry mix, I would just add a couple of drops directly into the washing machine. You can add a few drops of essential oils to the liquid detergent after it has been allowed to sit overnight. I don’t do this step because it’s not important for me, but it is a good option if you are set on having amazing-smelling detergent.
Cost Comparison:
Tide: $0.38/load or $0.24/load if you buy bulk from Amazon (Shipping price not included.)
All: $0.26/load or $0.16/load if you buy bulk from Amazon (Shipping price not included.)
Target Generic: $0.14/load
Homemade Powder: $0.03/load
Homemade Liquid: $0.01/load


My Laundry Detergent



2 thoughts on “Homemade Laundry Detergent

    • I’m glad you like the post! Now that I have made homemade laundry detergent and see how cheap and easy it is, I will never go back to store-bought. I haven’t forgotten about the Costco comparisons either… I just have been working on finishing my chart (which I thought I had already done). It’s coming soon! :o)

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