Money Saving Monday: Homemade Laundry Detergent

17 Jun
In working to save the family money, and in an effort to cut down the use of unhealthy chemicals in our cleaning supplies, I bought some homemade laundry detergent from another MilSpouse.   She has since moved away, but she gave me the recipe to make my own.
I have used up all of hers, and have been using my own for little over a month now.  This detergent works just as well as any store bought.  Clothes come out clean and smell fantastic.  I have not had to deal with any stains, so I am not sure how this detergent works on hard to remove stains, so…  I will have to keep y’all posted on that side of things.

Below is the recipe:
1 bar of soap (I used DIAL Spring Water)
1 C Borax
1 C Arm and Hammer Washing Soda. 
In extra large pot, grate bar of soap. Mix in one gallon of water. Heat until soap is dissolved. 
Mix in dry powders. Bring to boil (will coagulate.) Turn off heat. Mix in one gallon cold water. Mix well. 
Pour into gallon jugs. Let sit for 48 hours. Shake before using as it will settle a little.    
I made two batches and poured both into a five gallon bucket.  Once it sat for 48 hours, I stirred the detergent well and poured some into a couple gallon jugs for easier handling.  There was enough from two batches to fill four gallon jugs, with a couple cups left in the bucket.  
***After a month of use, I have used one gallon of detergent.  I use one half cap (saved from the store bought detergent) per large load of laundry.  Absolutely love the stuff!!!***

4 Responses to “Money Saving Monday: Homemade Laundry Detergent”

  1. Christina Borden 18 June 2013 at 9:32 PM #

    Hi Janelle! Thank you so much for stopping by and following my blog! I hope you were able to take a few moments to view some of my shared recipes and some of my pictures. Congratulations on your engagement! Military life is both challenging and rewarding, both as a Mil Member and as a MilSpouse! Should you have any questions at all, please feel free to ask. I may not have an answer, but I can certainly help you find one! ((I also have another blog- Military Women of God ( where I share Scripture, songs, and Bible Studies specifically for women associated with the Military. There are also some links that may help you as you transition to Military life.)) Thank you again for visiting, for following, and for commenting! God bless you and your Fiancee!

  2. Christina Borden 18 June 2013 at 9:25 PM #

    I have to admit, the soap did not dissolve completely. I was worried that would be a problem, but the detergent seems to work well. I am so glad the detergent is working so well, because the money saved is amazing! Thank you for sharing your own experience with this recipe as well! God bless!

  3. Janelle Vannice 18 June 2013 at 8:45 PM #

    Hi! I'm Janelle, and I found your blog while searching for military spouse blogs. I am marrying my Airman next year, and I'm really glad I found your blog! I can't wait to read more! Consider me your newest follower! :)Janelle —

  4. Anonymous 17 June 2013 at 4:17 PM #

    That's the same recipe I use, and I concur with its effectiveness. I goofed when I made it because I forgot to melt the shaved soap first. But it still turned out okay. I'm going to try it right next time. Huge cost savings, too.

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