Homemade Laundry Detergent





Introduction: Homemade Laundry Detergent

What's that on your shoulder? Oh no, could it be teriyaki sauce spillage from lunch? We all like our clothes looking clean and fresh, and free of eye-catching stains. Usually, our store-bought laundry detergent does a good job of keeping up appearances, but could get pricey fast. Here's a simple 5 minute do-it-yourself at home laundry detergent recipe that doesn't require soap grating! Best of all, it'll cost you pennies per wash load!

Step 1: Supplies

The Dream Team:

1/3 cup Super washing soda
1/3 cup Borax
1/4 cup Dawn dish soap (any flavor works great)

1 container that can hold at least 6 cups of liquid. I used an 8-cup (64 ounce) mason jar.

Step 2: Boil Water

Don't worry, we're not delivering a baby. Just making some laundry detergent...

Heat 6 cups of water until it reaches boiling.

Step 3: Pour It All Together

Pour about 1 cup of the boiling water into your chosen container
Begin pouring the rest of your Dream Team (Super washing soda, Borax, Dawn)

Pour in the remaining amount of water.

Step 4: Shake It Out

Tightly fasten the top unto your container. You'll notice some of the white powders gathering on the bottom. Now shake, shake, shake! 2-3 minutes should be sufficient.

The hot water mixed with the shaking will help dilute all the powders.

You are ready to enjoy an awesome, cost-effective laundry detergent that you made yourself! Talk about gratifying!

For a regular sized laundry load, 1/2 cup of this detergent should be more than enough. Don't let the watery consistency fool you, this detergent is potent!



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Can you provide an approximate cost here of the ingredients. Thanks.

I bought of Borax (76 oz.) at Wal-Mart for $6-7.00 The washing soda (76 oz.) and Dawn (52 oz.) should be priced about the same. $23.00 should get all three.

For laundry I use Gain. Buy a 1 1/2 gal. jug of it for $8.00 or so that'll do 120 loads using 2 0z. for each. This formula costs $23.00, requires heating the water then mixing and will do 280.5 loads. Gain is cheaper! Get some borax and TSP to combine for a pre-soak. I use a big Rubbermaid bin for that and hang the clothes above it when removed so the excess water can drain back into the tub. Then I put the lid on and save it for the next batch of clothes, adding more water/soap solution when it gets low. Borax is a disinfectant so nothing funky grows in the water.

Come on, Bill... let people decide, you don't need to keep posting your strategy on here over and over. He posted what he paid, and it's less than what you did, so maybe the issue isn't the instructable, maybe it's that you aren't shopping around.

edit: sorry, really old post. I stand by my point, though.

Borax $3.30 (target)
Super Washing Soda $3.24 (walmart)
Dawn dishsoap $7.99 (costco- w/ coupon)
for a total of $17.77

You could make more than 20 quantities of this detergent for $17.77. The amount I outline in my instructable will last you at least 12 washes. That adds up to about $.063 a wash load.

I wanna make this

I figure the 3 ingrediants will run around $23 and will be enough for 281 loads. I buy Gain detergent at the Dollar Store for $8 that'll do 120 loads. This custom mix cost per load is $.082 while Gain's is $.067 . It's even cheaper when you add in the cost to heat the water and your time required to mix it up.

you need to redo your math pal. Those ingredients will make several bottlles for $23. your 8 dollar bottle is just that. one bottle.

That's not right 281 loads for one batch you have enough Washing soda and borax to make at least 12 to fifteen batches so redo your math at 1/3 cup of each

Anyone know the answer to the question about using it in and HE washer? (low water, ultra efficient)