Homemade Laundry Detergent

As promised, here is the step by step on making homemade laundry detergent!


Before testing the soap I made sure to run my washer with one cup of white vinegar, one tablespoon of lavender essential oil and hot water just to get rid of any lingering chemicals. Afterward, I ran my first load of laundry and truth be told I am more than impressed with the strength of this detergent. Having any laundry soap that can tackle pasta sauce down the sleeve and grass stains the full length of a pant leg is a wonder, but having that detergent be homemade and safe to use blows my mind.

You only need to use a couple tablespoons to 1/4 cup of soap for an entire load of laundry, which proves this soap to be extremely cost-effective. At the bottom of this post I will put together a cost comparison per load.

To get started…

First, you will need to buy your ingredients, as mentioned in Homemade What Now? you will need baking soda, washing soda, Castile soap and essential oil (this is optional, and be added per load or to the entire jar depending on your preference). 

Washing Soda – 12 cups (6lbs)

Baking Soda – 16 cups (8lbs)

Castile Soap – 6 bars (24oz)

You will also want a large cheese grater to shred the soap as well as a bucket, whisk and large spoon for mixing.

Present Brandi jumping in here: “when I first started making this detergent I used a cheese grater to get the castile soap into small peices, by my third or forth batch I had purchased a food processor (for the kitchen) and started to use that instead.”

Don’t be overwhelmed.

Sometimes making your own household items can seem like a lot of work but this is the easiest DIY you will find. Once you have gathered all of your ingredients, pour them into the bucket, add the grated soap on top and stir. That’s really all there is to it.

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This recipe yields about fifteen pounds of laundry detergent which breaks downs to about 240 loads! All of my ingredients only cost me $19.48 (after tax), that’s only $0.08 per each load of laundry. Let’s compare:

All Free & Clear $11.97 per 113 loads, is about $0.11 ($26 for 240).
Gain HEC in all scents $14.97 per 96 loads, is about $0.16 ($38 for 240).
Tide HE Original $17.97 per 96 loads, is about $0.19 ($45 for 240).

When you’re comparing something in cents it doesn’t seem like the price difference is such a big deal, but when you look at the bigger picture you can save anywhere from $10 to $30 on your laundry every couple months. Keep in mind too that those figures are based on a comparison to products that are not all-natural and therefore have a larger impact on your health and the environment.

Oh, did I mention that this container lasts our family of five for seven months?

If you have any questions about where to find ingredients, how to save more money around the house or what essential oils to try first, leave me a comment below. Until next time, thanks for reading!


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