You’ll love this homemade laundry detergent: it comes together in 5 min with 3 simple ingredients and it cleans all your clothes effectively!
Let me just say this right away: a lot of blogs and websites have a laundry detergent recipes. So why do I write about it, too?
Well, because this is so easy, simple, inexpensive, and effective that it just had to be on my blog, too. Sometimes things are so good that we can’t repeat them often enough.
Generations ago, people used very simple ingredients for their everyday tasks. Laundry included. These days we seem to be so obsessed with cleanliness while being bombarded with advertisements for yet another better product. Most laundry detergent contains a whole plethora of chemicals and synthetic fragrances. Most if not all have them have been proven to be bad for your health.
However, I think there is a better, simpler, healthier way. This homemade laundry powder checks all my boxes: it is simple, it only takes 3 ingredients and 5 mins (okay maybe a bit more if you’re making it for the first time), it’s non-toxic, yet effective, and cheap!
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Ingredients for your homemade laundry detergent
- Washing soda
You can buy these ingredients in most grocery stores or drug stores. If you can’t find those ingredients locally, you can easily get them online: washing soda, borax, and castile soap. This recipe with these ingredients is so “famous” that amazon.com even sells them as a bundle 😜.
How to make:
- Grate a soap bar with the fine or coarse side of your grater. You can also grate it in your food processor. Sometimes, I grate it on the coarser side and then put the shavings into my food processor. It comes out as a fine powder of about 2 cups.
- Add 1 cup each of borax and washing soda.
- Mix ingredients well and put them into a container with a tight lid.
- Use 2 TBSP to 4 TBSP for a load of laundry, depending on the size of your washing machine, the size of your load, and how dirty your laundry is.
Mostly, I like things clean and unscented. However, it’s nice to have the bright smell of lemons or the calming scent of lavender.
Now, you could just add some essential oils to your powder. Lemon works great, a combination of lemon and grapefruit, lavender, whatever you like best. Plus, you can change it all the time. When I do, I add about 20 drops of essential oils to my detergent.
How much does homemade laundry detergent cost?
Even though it can be a bit tricky pricing this out exactly, I will tell you what I paid. Keep in mind that we live in California where things tend to be a bit more expensive. Meaning, that depending on where you live, you might be paying less.
For my single box of washing soda, I paid $5.00 at the store but I know you can get it for less online.
The borax I still had but you can buy it online for about $5.00 a box.
The price for the soap varies greatly, depending on where you live and how many you buy at a time but I am assuming about $1.50 per bar.
Then I went ahead and calculated how much I would need for this recipe. Very, very conservatively calculated 2 TSBP of this homemade laundry detergent will cost > $0.18.
A quick Google search will confirm that a homemade laundry detergent is most often wayyyyyy cheaper than store-bought.
Homemade laundry detergent has even more advantages:
- I like laundry powder much more than liquid (for some reason powder seems to be harder to find)
- I like how I am saving plastic bottles or other packaging
- it works in both top-loading and front-loading washing machines
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