June 16, 2010

Rub a dub dub, DIY suds

I told you a while back that when I had more time I wanted to take on some little DIY projects and I finally tackled the DIY laundry soap. We've been using it for about 3 weeks now and love it. Our clothes are very clean, no allergic reactions to report (some of the really strongly scented commercial detergents bothered our skin), and the best part is this DIY version costs pennies per load.

The recipe is from DIYnatural and only has three ingredients.
a bar of soap (any kind, any scent) grated
1/2 cup Borax
1/2 cup Washing Soda

First step - have your husband grate the soap
Then add the 1/2 cup of each Borax and Washing Soda and stir well - you want a granulated powder consistancy. Then store in your favorite container.
We made a double batch since we had all the ingredients on hand. Total cost of purchasing the box of Borax, soda and a 2 pack of soap is under $5. Each load of laundry only requires 2-4 Tbs of detergent so you do the math - ridiculously cheap.

PS - this can be used for HE washers because its low suds - just be sure to use only 2-4 Tbs.

PPS - You can also make liquid detergent at home just Click here. You'll need to have a 5 gallon bucket for the liquid version as well as stir it every time you use it - this is why we opted for the powder version.


  1. will this work w/ an he frontloader?

  2. Elizabeth - I think you can but I not an expert :) The website with the recipe says that it is safe for HE because its low suds. Suds is the only difference in the commercial detergents and thus the brands for HE charge more because they can. The recipe makes a product very similar to powder detergent so if you can use powder in your washer then I would venture to say that you can use this DIY version. Hope this helps! Let me know if you try it.


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