Why Should You Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

There are many great reasons to make your own laundry detergent. I’ve been making my own liquid laundry detergent for about 5 years or so. This has been a way that I’ve kept my grocery budget under control. Making DIY laundry detergent has saved me a great deal of money. It is simple to make and doesn’t take any longer to put together than it does for me to drive to the store I would buy it at. Now, I realize that I live out a little more rural than some, so it might be faster for you to get to a store and purchase laundry detergent than it would be to make it. However, with the small amount of time and money investment I put into making laundry detergent, it is completely worth it to me.


Is it Worth it To Make Your Own Laundry Soap?


When I started making laundry detergent many years ago, someone in my MOPS group found all of the ingredients online and bought a large portion of each item. She split the order with three of us ladies in the group. I paid $25.00 for what I received, and I didn’t have to buy any of the ingredients again for almost 3 years. I even gave away enough ingredients for the recipe 3 times. That just gives you a little idea of how inexpensive it is to make your own liquid laundry soap. While I’m not math genius enough to break it down to how much each load costs me, I know that it is considerably less than what it would cost at the store. I used to spend $13.00 every two months on the cheapest detergent I could find.

Can I Use Homemade Laundry Detergent in my High Efficiency Washing Machine? 


You may have a high efficiency washing machine that has a manufacturers recommendation to only use certain detergents. About two years ago, we had to purchase a new washer and we ended up with a high efficiency machine. I was certainly concerned about whether this homemade laundry detergent would ruin my high efficiency washing machine or not. After some research online and consulting with a friend who also has a HE machine, I decided it would be safe to use. These machines need a soap that does not produce a lot of suds. This homemade recipe does not produce a lot of bubbles. Just to be on the safe side with my machine, I dilute the recipe more than what it is called for.  I’ve had no trouble with  my laundry coming out clean, even though I have diluted this recipe. It is best that you do some research for yourself and try this at your own risk. While I’ve had no trouble with my machine, that does not mean we have the same washer. If you choose to use this recipe and you machine starts acting up, then I would suggest you stop using it.

What You Need to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent 

For the basic recipe you only need three ingredients. However, I’ve found that adding in a fourth ingredient really helps with the effectiveness of the detergent on cloth diapers or other smelly or stained laundry. That additional ingredient for me is a stain fighter of some form. Either I will use a free sample I’ve received somewhere, or I will purchase a Tide brand of stain fighter to add to the mixture. Without adding some kind of stain remover, I notice that my boys clothes hold onto grass stains and various other markings.

I’ve been able to find all of these items grouped on the laundry isle at Walmart, Harris Teeter, and some Dollar Generals.

Here are the items needed:


1/2 cup of Borax

1/2 cup of Washing Soda

1 Bar Fels Naptha soap

1/2 cup of a stain fighter or laundry soap

5 Gallon Bucket

4 1/2 Gallons of Water


For the method in which I use to make homemade laundry soap, go here.


Hopefully you will find that it saves you a lot of money and isn’t nearly as inconvenient as you might think to make your own detergent.


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