How to Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

At The Budget Ecoist we’re passionate about coming up with clever, natural, inexpensive solutions around the home – mainly because we like impressing our friends. They always ask how we do it. We smile coyly, our Martha Stewart smile, and then we make some smooth remark about how it’s really no big deal.
But now our secret is yours…well, at least our secret for making all-natural laundry detergent. All by our little selves! Bye-bye Tide, hello natural goodness.
Here’s our three-step method for freeing yourself from ever buying laundry detergent again:
1. Find a funky canister (at a second-hand store?) to store and display your laundry detergent.
2. Order the ingredients to make the detergent.
3. Mix the ingredients and you are good to go.
It’s that simple. Here’s our favorite time-tested recipe:

One Bar of soap flakes (try Fels Naptha, one hundred years of stain fighting power is found in this heavy duty laundry soap. It’s convenient because it comes pre-grated. If you want to save more cash, buy the bars and grate yourself)
One and a half cups washing soda (try Arm and Hammer)
One and a half cups borax (try 20 Mule Team)

Mix the ingredients and use two tablespoons for a large load of laundry.
Purchase the products in small quantities to ensure you like the detergent. Once you’ve decided you’re in natural heaven, go ahead and purchase large quantities for greatest savings.
Bonus tip: Fels Naptha has many other great uses: poison ivy treatment, ridding plants of pests, cleaning paint brushes, ridding your roses of black spot fungus to name a few. Check out Soaps Gone Buy to learn about how to use Fels Naptha for these cures and more.

See related posts from The Budget Ecoist: 20 Mule Team Borax