Do you make your own laundry detergent?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
1926 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I did.

Cheaper, yes.

I made both liquid and powder.

The powder didn’t gunk up my washer.

I would share a recipe but from my personal experience…. it wasn’t worth it. My clothes didn’t come out as clean and it wasn’t worth the effort of having the grate a bar of fels naptha (which looks a lot like grated cheese, my DH unfortunately found out.. lol)








I switched back to normal detergent (I use Tide Pods) and haven’t looked back.








Post # 4
131 posts
Blushing bee

@MissCountryGirl727:  Powder, cheaper, no gunk, but the clothes didn’t wash as nicely.  It ended up fading the clothes faster, too, so in the end it was more expensive because I had to throw away the faded clothes.

I’m not going to share my recipe because I was so unhappy with it that I wouldn’t want you to have the same experience.  Maybe someone else has a better recipe.

However- we did use soap nuts and loved them.  I think the price evened out.

Post # 7
858 posts
Busy bee

Made mine too for a short period and switched right back to Store bought. There was always a residue, and you had to use hot water to disolve. And that of course will up your bill and defeats the purpose of being Eco?! Smelt amazing, but it was alot more work!

Post # 9
1373 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@MissCountryGirl727:  we make our own laundry soap. Started when we moved into the place we’re in now (nov 1, 2012) and I have spent a whopping $40 on laundry since then. 

We use powdered, I’ve considered liquid but apparently it’s not as cheap and I’m frugal. 

I havent noticed any excess fading and I love the way out clothes come out clean and smelling like nothing. I’m allergic to perfumes so laundry soap was expensive for us. This stuff fits the bill!

We wash clothes In cold water and did notice a residue at first. We solved that by keeping a small container in the bathroom, adding a tbsp of laundry soap to it and about 1/2 cup hot water. Seal, shake, ‘liquid’ detergent with no Residue. We’ve been doing that Since. The cost savings are worth the extra minute! 

The recipe we use is 1 cup borax, 1 cup washing soda, 1 grated bar of whatever soap you want (free use 99.9% pure scent free stuff because we like the lack of smell)

I usually just buy a box of borax, a box of washing soap and a case of soap, mix the two boxes Nd get to work grating. Someimes the soap is on the light side but it still works great!

No complaints from me yet!

Post # 10
2915 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

I did not know this was a thing people did. Interesting.

Post # 11
858 posts
Busy bee

@lalalyanne:  I will have to try this! I even tried using less thinking maybe i was using too much! 

@MissCountryGirl727:  Maybe adding the hot water and doing the shake will solve what my issue was. 

The only other issue i would be concerned with his this compared to High Efficiency detergent. Most new machines recommend the use of HE for performance, would this not clog?

Post # 12
1507 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I tried homemade detergent, and it didn’t work for us.  It seemed to work ok for my clothes, but DH has a dirty job, and it was not getting his clothes clean at all.  I was disappointed becuase I really wanted to work!

Post # 13
1373 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@Nikkimcq:  high efficiency soap is designed to be load suds so as to not overfill the machines. Homemade detergent is practically suds free so it is safe to use!

I have done a lot of reading on all this 😛 I have never personally put the stuff in an he machine because I don’t have one my my mom has and FI’s sister uses it in hers 🙂 she was the one who sold me on the idea!

Post # 14
858 posts
Busy bee

Good to know!! I actually didnt knwo the purpose behind HE. I definitely didnt find the homemade detergent to be suddy, so thats great. I will try the trick of mixing it with hot water and then adding!

Post # 15
6633 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I make my own and do the powder and find it works well and my clothes come out just as clean.  I have been making my own for over 2 years now

Post # 16
1134 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@MissCountryGirl727:  My mom tried this once for a couple of months with a Borax/baking soda type of mixture (there were some other things in it as well, but can’t recall what). She likes to wash in cold water and a lukewarm rinse to save energy, but found that the powder was not dissolving properly and it was clogging the holes in the sides of the tumbler (my parents have a front loading HE washer/dryer). It was fading all their clothes real fast as well and apparently was not removing stains at all. So she was getting flaky, faded, stained clothing and quickly switched back to the store bought stuff she was using before.

It would probably be okay to use with towels, rags, and bedding since those things should be washed in hot water and very hot rinse (sanitizes everything), but using the hot water defeats the purpose of trying to be energy efficient and eco friendly anyways.

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