I’ve been on a green and homesteading kick lately, so today I’m going to share with you how to make your own homemade laundry detergent. It’s all natural, non-toxic, and oh by the way… you can save $70 or more a year! Hello frugal living!
What is more important to you? Eliminating the toxic chemicals in your home? Taking care of the environment? Or saving money? Are you wondering how safe our laundry detergents are? What to do about it? Make your own! It’s easy and frugal!
I used unscented castile soap and unscented essential oils. You can use any great scent like lavender or citrus.
Homemade All Natural Laundry Detergent
Ingredients for a one gallon container (one gallon = 16 cups). Adjust as needed for your size. (The size shown in this picture is 1 1/2 gallons).
1/4 Cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda, 1/4 Cup Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda, 1/4 Cup Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Liquid Soap, Large Glass Container, Purification Essential Oil.
- In a large bowl, mix together the Washing Soda and Baking Soda with enough hot water until it is dissolved.
- Pour this into your laundry detergent container.
- Fill the container withwarm water almost to the top, leaving a couple inches of space at the top.
- Pour in the Castile Soap and gently mix.
- Add your Essential Oil and mix again.
- Keep a wooden spoon or something similar with the container so you can give the detergent a quick stir before using each time.
- Use 1/3 of a cup of the detergent according to your washing machine’s instructions.
Does it Really Work?
Call me a bit skeptical. I will toss in a chemical laden detergent into my washing machine without even thinking, but something all natural… well now that requires baby steps. Yes, it works! The clothes came out smelling unscented but still fresh and clean. Exactly what I’m looking for! I’m officially hooked! I do sometimes supplement with an all-natural stain spray and oxy boost.
Let’s work with some basic assumptions here. There will be price differences based on where you shop and also some rounding to make the math easier to understand.
Our home averages 400 loads of laundry a year.
94 loads of “Orange Bottle” detergent = $20.00 per container.
Four containers = one year’s worth of laundry = $80.00
$80 for a year’s worth of laundry divided by 400 loads = 20 cents per load of laundry.
Eight one gallon containers will give us one year’s worth of laundry.
Washing Soda = $2.50 for 55 ounces. This will last for 24 one gallon containers, or 10 cents per container.
Baking Soda = $2.00 for 4 pounds. This will last for 32 one gallon containers, or 6 cents per container.
Castile Soap = $20.00 for 32 ounces. This will last for 16 one gallon containers, or $1.25 per container.
Initial purchase = $25.00 (for basic detergent ingredients not including the container and oils).
Total cost per container = $1.50
If 16 cups = 1 gallon, then there are approximately 50 loads of laundry per one gallon container.
So, one gallon container = $1.50 times 50 loads of laundry per one gallon container = 3 cents per load of laundry.
Or, one gallon container is approximately $1.50 to make, times 8 containers per year = $12.00 per year.
Does your head hurt from the math? Try being on this side trying to figure out the numbers!!!! And oh by the way, in addition to saving approximately $70.00 per year on laundry detergent, NO TOXIC CHEMICALS!
I also switched to eco-friendly wool dryer balls. One baby step at a time!