Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe: Just Two Cents Per Load!
What if I told you that if by using you own homemade laundry soap at home, you’d be spending just 2 cents per load?
Liz over at Carpé Season was kind enough to share her recipe (formula?) for homemade laundry detergent. First of all, she gets automatic cool points for making her own laundry soap at home. And second, how sweet is it of her to offer to guest post for me when she’s undoubtedly busy preparing for baby #2 due at the end of January? Thank you, thank you, thank you, Liz!
Hi! I’m Liz from Carpé Season, and I’m so happy to be guest posting here on Cheap Recipe Blog because this is, hands-down, one of my favorite and most-used blogs. Carpé Season typically focuses on seasonal cooking by making the most of seasonal ingredients. But as you can see, this post is about soap…which is not food, unless you are my toddler son and obsessed with putting bubbles of any kind in your mouth.
So why laundry detergent? Well, after reading Haley’s post last month about homemade hand soap, we got to talking about homemade laundry detergent because the process for making the two are pretty similar. Plus, what’s always in season? Laundry. And with a new baby on the way in January, you can bet I’ll be fulfilling all of your stereotypes about new mamas with bags under their eyes, endlessly schlepping laundry baskets up and down the basement stairs.
I started making my own laundry detergent a couple of years ago, after reading this cost breakdown. I’ll sum it up for you: homemade laundry detergent is going to cost you about 2 cents per load as opposed to your standard Tide load, which is going to hit you up for 20 cents per load. Or, to put it another way…if you did one load of laundry per day, you’d save yourself roughly $65 per year. Do you also have $$ signs in your eyes, or is it just me?
If you’re not convinced yet, please let me tell you how easy this process is. It literally takes 15 minutes to put a batch together (a batch that will last you 52+ loads) and includes only 5 steps (more specific instructions below):
1. Grate a bar of soap into curls.
2. Boil water.
3. Add grated soap to water and dissolve.
4. Pour boiled soap mixture, borax, and washing soda in a large bucket and mix.
5. Pour and mix in more water.
Done. And two of the steps include pouring, so does those really even count?
Finally, this stuff works. My clothes feel and smell clean (without any of the perfumey after effect some detergents have), and they don’t appear to be any more worn down than what I had experienced using store-bought detergent for many years.
I hope I’ve at least convinced you to think about making your own detergent. It really is super easy, effective, and best of all, cheap…which can feel really good as you head into this holiday season and see all of those gift-buying receipts piling up.
Find out how to make your own homemade, less-toxic dishwasher detergent at home.
Recipe For Homemade Laundry Detergent
Yield: Approximately 52 cups/loads