Home-made Laundry Detergent

One of my first posts on this blog was about home-made laundry detergent, I made my first batch in the first week of December 2009 and that batch lasted me a full year. This week it was time to make some more.

If you haven’t done so already I highly suggest you look into making your own laundry detergent, it’s not hard and you will save a lot of money. You can find my original post including the recipe here. The reason I’m reposting this now is because, well obviously it’s on my mind since I’m making a new batch this week but also because it’s a little thing that can help you save money and December is an expensive month for most people.

Borax & A&H Washing soda

This time around I’m doubling the recipe for the powdered detergent, this was the original recipe I used;

12 cups Borax
8 cups Baking Soda
8 cups Washing Soda
8 cups Bar soap (grated)

– Mix all ingredients well and store in a sealed tub.
– Use 1/8 cup of powder per full load


Sunlight bar soap 2-packs

And wow…. grating 16 cups of Sunlight bar soap SUCKS! So I’m doing a little every day. (if you’re going to try this I highly suggest digging out a food processor or something to do the grating/chopping rather than doing it by hand – I don’t have any fancy gadgets to do it for me, It’s so worth all the trouble though and I know I won’t have to do this again for the next two years.
Think about that, I won’t have to buy laundry detergent for the next two years! Pretty sweet deal if you ask me.


I’ve tried to ‘convert’ family and friends to switching to home-made but unfortunatelythat’s been met with some resistance. I gave a good friend a little tub and she was too scared to use it on her fancy clothes so she said she probably wouldn’t use it, and my family members claim that the laundry detergent ruined some shirts while in fact I have a suspicion that the stains weren’t pretreated. Hmmm, either way… I haven’t had any problems and if I have a little grease spot or something I just pretreat by rubbing a Sunlight bar and some water on it.. I’ve seriously only ruined one sock (white sock in red laundry :D) and one shirt (strange stains, suspect junkfood and not pretreating, oops!)

So, have you tried home-made yet?

Published by Renée

I write about my life, travel and my financial up and downs on my blog, Nickel By Nickel, while contradicting myself daily. ;)

2 thoughts on “Home-made Laundry Detergent

  1. I just made my own laundry detergent batch and have been using it for two weeks now! I make liquid detergent, but I LOVE IT! It got out a horrible stain with pretreating, so I am definitely a convert. I can’t imagine ever going back to store bought laundry detergent again! Like you though, I think I’ll double or triple my recipe when I run out. I like the idea of making it in BULK. But I don’t know if the liquid recipe holds up over time like the powder recipe does. Something to look into.


  2. Yeah I’m wondering about that as well, I made some liquid stuff at my parents house this week, turned out rather strange so I’m going to try a new recipe. I’ve noticed that the liquid stuff gives even more bang for your buck so if it holds up for a year it would be great to use liquid for clothes and just use the powdered on things like towels and sheets… Just a thought. 🙂 I did get my hands on some nice pails through work that seal pretty tight… might do some more research this week and try another batch of liquid at home!


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