Homemade Laundry Detergent

Have you ever thought about making your own laundry detergent? It doesn’t take very long and one batch lasts for months. Try adding different scents (or none at all.) You’ll be proud to save tons of money when you choose homemade!

Photo Courtesy of: Karen and Brad Emerson

Homemade Laundry Detergent

What You’ll Need:

4 cups of hot water

1 grated bar of soap

1 cup of Arm & Hammer or similar brand of Washing Soda

1/2 cup of Borax

Optional Essentials Oils like lavender, citrus, eucalyptus

A 5 gallon bucket

An old laundry detergent container, cleaned out


In a medium saucepan, dissolve grated soap by melting into hot water.

In a bucket, add the borax, washing soda and the soap concoction you just made. Make sure to stir it very well.

Fill the rest of the bucket full of hot water and let the detergent sit for 1-2 days.

If you want, this is when you can add essential oils.

Fill up the cleaned and empty old laundry detergent container with your mixture and keep the est airtight in your bucket.

Use as much as you normally would in your regular laundry cycle and watch the savings pile up!

Bask in the self-satisfaction that is making your own things by hand.


Happy creating!


Photo Courtesy of: Hartwig HKD


AB circleBy Elizabeth Adan

Elizabeth Adan is a Freelance Writer, Publicist and Brand Ambassador. Her blog Aquaberry Bliss is a unique food and travel blog dedicated to expanding your world and inspiring your creativity. When Elizabeth isn’t traveling, you’ll find her writing, hiking or gardening. Find Elizabeth on Twitter @stillaporcupine and LinkedIn.


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