I’ve been making my own laundry detergent for quite sometime now.  I only wish I had thought of it during the 20 years I was a single mother. My oh My how I could have saved money.  I hope it saves you as well. It literally takes 5 min to mix up.

Warm Water Washing – is best for this version of Dry

Ingredients for 6-8 months of Detergent – 2 Tbsp per load (depending on how often you wash, will last and last) It works out to be about .25 per load.

1 Box of Borax

1 Box of Armour Hammer Washing Soda (not baking soda)

1 Box of Zote Soap Flakes (I buy mine at Walmart in the laundry isle for about $4).

1/2 Bottle of Fabric Fragrance Beads (I use Gain, brand but you can use any of the brands)

Mix in a 5 Gallon bucket with a large spoon.  Make sure you break up the bits of Borax as it does clump together

Cold Water Washing – Liquid Version

Ingredients for 6 months of Detergent – 3 Tbsp per load depending on how dirty your laundry is

1 Gallon of Very Warm Water

1 Box of Soap Flakes or 2-3 bars of Fels Naptha /Ivory Soap (grated)

1 Cup of Borax

1 Cup of Washing Soda

6-8 drops of Essential Oils (I recommend; Orange, Lemon or Clean Linen) you can purchase these at this link :Essential Oils

Mix in a 5 Gallon bucket and stir until soap and powered ingredients is dissolved (otherwise it will be grainy). Let this sit overnight before you use it.  It will be a jelly consistency. I use an old cap from a Tide Container.  I just scoop one scoop 1/2 full into each load.  This recipe is a LOW suds and you want that for most HE machines. Put it right in the barrel if you have an HE washer. Suds don’t clean your clothes and more suds would mean, more rinsing!  Homemade Laundry Detergent – costs $20.27 to makecan last a whole year or even longer (504 loads)

1 Box of Super Washing Soda 3 lb. 7 oz. ($3.24)
1 Box of Borax 4 lbs 12 oz. size ($3.38)
1 Box of Pure Baking Soda 4 lb. ($2.12)
3 bars of Fels-Naptha 5.5 oz. or you could also use Ivory soap ($0.97 x3)
1 container of Oxy-Clean 1.3 lb ($3.86)
*optional: Purex Crystals 28 oz. for scent (or you could use Downy unstoppables ) ($5-$6)

This Homemade Laundry Detergent recipe makes 18 lbs (or 288 oz.) and costs $20.27.  1 lb of this is about 28 tablespoons.  18 lbs equals 504 loads @ 1 tbsp per load. Final price is just $0.04 per load!

So $0.04 per load homemade versus $0.12 per load (Tide).

So even the largest box of Tide detergent at Walmart which has 102 loads won’t last as long as this homemade stuff. And you can save so much money by making this yourself. Give it a try, you won’t be sorry…I promise!


I’ve listed the links below to buy the products in case you are not able to find them locally. Don’t let the prices fool you, remember, this is for 6-8 months worth of detergent, not 100 loads as most advertise.

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