I wanted to take the time today to post a recipe for dry Homemade Laundry Detergent, it is my favorite! I usually make this in conjunction with our Homemade Fabric Softener recipe. This is not only easy to make but it's also much easier to keep on hand than the liquid form. I make this by the ton not just for myself but my other family members at all. I promise, it works!
Homemade Powder Laundry Detergent:
1 Bar Shaved Soap (Fels Naptha or Ivory. Ivory is much easier to find, my detergent below though is yellow because I used Fels Naptha).
1 cup of Borax
1 cup of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
Stir the ingredients together (after shaving the soap) and use 2 TBS per load of laundry. This method should work well in HE front loader washers as well since it is a low-suds formula.
I always keep some of this on hand, I primarily use detergent that I've been able to pick up for next to nothing with coupons but when I run out, I grab my homemade detergent. It's great if you have any skin sensitivities too!
How much are you really saving? Well, I'm glad you asked! I checked out the Tide prices at Walmart and compared them to my homemade detergent recipe. Check out the breakdown:
Tide per load cost .23
Homemade Detergent cost per load .07
40 loads of Tide $9.24 at Walmart
40 loads of Homemade Detergent $2.80
We are talking MAJOR savings just by making your own detergent! It takes about 5 minutes to make and can be easily stored in a Mason jar on the shelf or put it into your old detergent box.