I can’t believe it finally happened; I ran out of laundry detergent. In an effort to live a simpler life, I made my own homemade laundry detergent for just pennies. I haven’t bought any laundry detergent for a while, since I have gotten several bottles and packs of laundry detergent to review and giveaway. And now I have run out. It is way too rainy today to go outside and spend money on something I wash down the drain. Here are the ingredients I use for a great and powerful homemade laundry detergent.
Each ingredient in homemade laundry detergent has a different function.
Soap – The soap gives the detergent the cleaning power to clean the clothes. Other recommended brands to try are Fels Naptha, Zote or even a castile soap. I used Ivory, since this is what I had on hand.
Borax – Is a naturally occurring mineral and is used to act as a deodorizer and whitener in the detergent. Come back tomorrow to enter to win a box of Borax for FREE!
Washing Soda – This is specifically for washing and is not baking soda. Washing soda helps remove dirt and odors from the clothes.
Dawn Dish washing Liquid – This is awesome for a clothes pretreater for stains. It also acts as a degreaser to remove the oils from your skin left on clothes. If it can get oil off of ducks and marine life, it can get your oil out of your clothes. Click to read more about Dawn and using it in your Laundry.
Oxy Booster – This helps boost the laundry detergent to help fight stains and whitens clothes with out bleach. (optional)
Homemade Laundry Detergent
Ingredients for Homemade Laundry Detergent:
1/2 cup Borax (Check tomorrow for FREE Borax!)
1/2 cup Washing Soda
1 Bar Ivory Soap
1/4 Cup Dawn Dish Liquid (secret ingredient)
1/2 cup Oxi booster (secret ingredient, but optional)
Lots of water to fill large laundry detergent bottle
Directions how to make Homemade Laundry Detergent with Dawn
1. First shred 1 bar of soap. I used Ivory soap. This looks like yummy coconut when it is all shredded in the plate. I have had people ask if I use my cheese grater for this. Yes I do, then I put it in the dishwasher to clean it. It’s soap it washes off.
2. Add six cups of water into a pot on the stove. Put in the shredded soap and heat until the soap melts and dissolves completely in the water. This doesn’t take long.
3. Next add the washing soda, Borax, Dawn Dish Liquid and Oxi booster. Mix well until dissolved. (gently stir)
4. Pour four cups hot water into your stir pot. Then pour your soapy mixture in there and mix well. You can add about 20 drops of essential oil to make your clothes smell clean and fresh.
5. Now add around 20 cups of warm water to your mixture and mix well. Just enough to fill the laundry detergent container. Mine is for 96 loads. Let this set for 24 hours to set thoroughly. To use just pour about the same amount you normally would use when washing 1/2 cup – 1 Cup. I use the same measuring cup that came with the container.
Update: It seems people are having issues when adding the Oxy booster. I use the generic Oxy booster from Kroger and I have not had any issues with this foaming or bubbling. Also after you add the Oxy booster stir thoroughly, but try not to agitate the mix a lot.
That is homemade laundry detergent for just pennies a load. Before the wash shake the container a little to make sure the laundry detergent is mixed well. It tends to separate over time and might be a little watery if you don’t. This recipe is great if you have kids or a husband with a dirty job. This will tackle lots of stains to get really clean clothes every time.
Using just the first three ingredients will get you the basic homemade laundry detergent recipe. Add Dawn give a degreaser and added stain remover to this homemade laundry detergent. The oxy cleaner gives an added boost to the detergent for brightening the clothes.
How much did this cost me. Hard to say. The Ivory soap was FREE, both Boxes of Borax and washing soda were around $3.00, the Dawn was $0.50 for the bottle and the Oxy powder was around $3.00. This probably cost me less than $0.55 to make. This recipe is my own. I don’t think I have seen this particular recipe anywhere on the internet with both of my secret ingredients. Have you ever made homemade laundry detergent? If you make this recipe, let me know how you like it. Check out my homemade fabric softener recipe or how to make homemade fabric softener crystals to soften your clothes.