DIY – Laundry Detergent

How much are you spending on laundry detergent?

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If you are not making your own Laundry Detergent, you are throwing money away!

My family is always looking for ways to cut costs and create savings. I’ve really been interested in the DIY approach to save on items around the house. Back in June, a friend of mine posted it as a suggestion in her blog – Money Savin’ Meg.

So, I created my first batch and now can’t believe I wasn’t doing this sooner!

My relationship with laundry changed the moment I added that to my bucket list of things to try! I just made a batch and it is so EASY. It still blows my mind. I’ve made three batches since June. That equals 15 GALLONS of Laundry detergent (Don’t ask how I went through that much, I have toddlers! LOL). So far here’s what I’ve invested:

-5 Gallon Bucket and Lid = $2.97
-Arm & Hammer Washing Soda = $3.97
-Fels Naptha Soap (3 batches/3 bars)= $2.91
-Borax =$4.47
-*Optional* Unstopables Scent booster = $6.84
Total Spent Since June: $21.16

If you would have bought 15 gallons of Gain, you’d have spent around $200.

I still have nearly half of my original boxes of washing soda, borax, and scent booster so all I have to buy for each batch is a Fels Naptha Soap bar. That means the next 15 gallons will cost me under $3.

That means my total cost for 30 gallons of detergent will have cost me under $25 while $30 gallons of Gain will cost you $400.ย 

So here’s how you do it:

The hardest part is grating down the Fels Naptha Soap bar. I like to do this over a large pot while I watch TV or listen to music. Once that’s done, I add a cup of the scent booster (Optional) and 4 cups of water and boil until its smooth and completely melted, stirring occasionally.

Once the soap is melted, you’ll add it to the bucket. Then, fill the bucket half-way with water. You’ll need to add a cup of borax and a cup of washing soda and stir well. Then fill the bucket up the rest of the way with water and stir again.

If you prefer to use essential oils instead of a scent booster, you can add it to the soap mix at this point, or you can add it to the rinse cycle when washing each load.

You’ll need to let this mixture sit for 24 hours and then stir again before using (it will be a little lumpy – that’s normal!)

Homemade Laundry Detergent


And that’s it!

I’m so happy that I’ve found this! I’ve saved so much money this year on laundry detergent and I can’t wait to discover more DIY challenges.

Let me know if you make your own detergent or if you are planning to try it out!

Until our next adventure,

-Brandi Tessner

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I am a 25 year old from Western North Carolina interested in phobias and fears after dealing with Anxiety and Panic Disorder over the last few years. It had such a debilitating effect on my life. I realized how much of life I was missing out on due to fear. I hope that by instilling courage in myself, I can instill courage in others to face their own fears and live life to the fullest capacity!

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