What You'll Need to Make Homemade

One of the most popular threads on the Mommysavers Discussion Forums has been how to make homemade laundry detergent.   It’s a frugal DIY project that so many of our members have discovered to help save loads and loads of money (pun intended).

Our member Ellie Mae describes how she does makes her own homemade laundry detergent and answers reader questions here:  Savings on Homemade Laundry Detergent is HUGE!.  Ellie Mae estimates that with each detergent batch she makes at home, she saves over $40.

Here are her Homemade Laundry Detergent instructions so you can make it at home too:

  • 2 Bars of Lever 2000 Soap (Ellie Mae has used Coast and Dial soaps, but found that Lever 2000 works the best)
  • 1 cup of Borax (20 Mule Team Borax, which can be found in a big box store or grocery store in the laundry aisle)
  • 2 cups of Washing Soda (Arm & Hammer)
  • 5 gallon bucket with lid

Using a grater or knife shred the bars of soap.  Boil 8 cups of water.   After the water is boiling, slowly add the shredded soap.  Be careful so it doesn’t boil over. Reduce heat and stir until soap shavings have dissolved (about 5 minutes or so).

Put 3 gallons of water in bucket, add borax and washing soda then stir. Add the soapy hot water to bucket and stir again. Cover and let sit for 24 hours.  Standard washing machines require one cup per load.