Frugal Friday: 3 Ingredient Homemade Laundry Detergent

I’m really digging today’s DIY post because I’ve been on a DIY kick since finding out I was pregnant in the Spring of 2011 and this is seriously one of the easiest and most cost efficient DIYs I’ve adapted into our household!! I think I made my first batch last summer (2011) and I ordered the ingredients off of Amazon.com and I still haven’t used all that I bought last year!! Each batch makes TEN GALLONS of detergent…yes, you read that correctly. TEN. GALLONS.

Ingredients:
-1/2 cup of Borax
-1 cup of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
-1 Fels-Naptha bar soap (not grated…can buy already grated but it’s more expensive)

Supplies:
-Tap Water
-5 gallon bucket
-Empty detergent dispenser
-Funnel

Steps:
1. Grate entire bar of Fels-Naptha soap with cheese grater into a bigger saucepan and add 4 cups of hot tap water. Stir over medium-low heat until soap is completely dissolved.
2. Fill 5 gallon bucket halfway with tap water. Add melted soap, Borax, and Washing Soda. Stir until all powder is dissolved & fill bucket to top with warm tap water. Stir, cover, and let sit overnight. Detergent will thicken up to a gel-like consistency.
3. Stir and fill dispenser halfway with soap (using funnel makes it easier) and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use because detergent will gel.

Yield: Liquid soap recipe makes 10 gallons.
Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load or 1 capful for us (Approx. 180 loads)
Front Load Machines- ΒΌ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

This has saved us some SERIOUS cash when it comes to laundry. Being the budget nerd that I am, I figured up that our Sam’s Club HUGE Detergent bottle was costing us TEN CENTS per load and my homemade detergent costs us TWO CENTS PER LOAD!! That’s an 80% discount!!

Extras:
-If you’d like to add some essential oils to your detergent, add 10-15 drops per 2 gallons AFTER soap has cooled!
-You MUST use Washing Soda, NOT Baking Soda or Arm & Hammer Detergent…it MUST be Sodium Carbonate!

Fully melted Fels Naptha Soap Bar

Melted soap, water, dissolved Borax & Washing Soda

Just add water!
The next day…stir well before filling up dispenser*

*Please excuse our horrible laminate floors =) They will be the first thing that gets ripped up in our house when we are DEBT FREE!

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