Guest Post by Jackie of Lilolu
Homemade laundry detergent can be environmentally friendly and save you a bundle. There are many variations of this laundry detergent but I prefer the liquid version since it works best in high efficiency front loaders. It has saved me a lot of money and I hope it will do the same for you. Enjoy.
- 18 cups of water
- 1 Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Bar Soap or Fels Naptha soap bar
- 1 cup of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (Baking Soda will not work – It must have sodium carbonate)
- 1/2 cup of Borax
- 3 gallons of hot water
- 5 gallon bucket
1. The following items will be needed:
2. Grate the Dr Bronner’s soap or Fels Naptha soap with a food processor or a hand grater. This will help the soap dissolve quickly.
3. Bring 18 cups of water to a simmer. Pour the grated soap and stir until it is dissolved.
4. Add one cup of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (Must be sodium carbonate)
5. Add 1/2 cup of Borax and stir until it is completely dissolved.
6. Add 3 gallons of hot water to a 5 gallon bucket. Then pour your dissolved mixture in the bucket and stir. Let it sit overnight.
7. The following is the end result.
Cost for 4 gallons of homemade laundry detergent:
- 1 bar Fels Naptha $1.29
- 55 oz box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda $2.75 (1 cup cost .40¢)
- 76 oz box Borax $3.79 (1/2 cup cost .20¢)
- 4 gallons = 64 cups or 64 heavily soiled loads
- Total cost per load = .03¢ Happy washing!
Jackie is a mother of 3 and a wife who loves quotes, poetry and learning something new every day. She has a passion for learning to live an organic life and documents this journey on her blog, Lilolu. She is also the creator of Mama’s Quotes.