Save Money By Making Your Own Laundry Detergent by Rod Fisher

Nobody likes doing the laundry and nobody likes the cost of having the washing machine and dryer running for a load or two every day. In hospitality and healthcare, you can forget about doing the linen yourself by using a commercial laundry service but, unfortunately, saving time and money at home isn’t so easy!

If you’re looking for a way to make your washing at home a little bit easier, why not make your own laundry detergent? You won’t need to rely on expensive brands and you can make batches of any size to suit your household’s needs – best of all, making your own detergent is incredibly easy.


There are a few different ways you can make your own detergent, but all of them rely on three key ingredients:

Soap – Bar laundry soap is the main ingredient that will get the cleaning done. Easy to find at any supermarket and you can also use it to pre-treat stains on clothing or linen.

Washing Soda – This white powder, sodium carbonate, is the part of the detergent that gets rid of dirt and odor. If you can’t find this in the laundry aisle of your local supermarket, you can bulk buy washing soda online at plenty of different locations – look for one that ships locally and stock up!

Borax – Borax is a natural mineral that functions as a whitener and deoderiser. Find it in your supermarket or check online if you’re having trouble tracking it down.

The Recipe

There are plenty of different ways to combine your ingredients depending on whether you’re after a powder or liquid detergent. It’s a good idea to get a large pail or bucket to mix with – the bigger the better!

Liquid Detergent

Finely grate two cups of bar soap and add to a litre of boiling water and stir on a low heat until the soap has dissolved.Add two cups of borax and two cups of washing soda into the soap water and stir until dissolved.Add another seven litres of water and stir the mix.

This liquid soap will gel and require a stirring each time that you use it. A quarter cup will do a whole load; you’ll find it lasts quite a while.

Powdered Detergent

1. Grate two cups of laundry soap.
2. Mix the laundry soap with one cup of washing soda and one cup of borax.
3. Store in an airtight container.Use two tablespoons per load of laundry.

Making your own detergent is easy and an incredibly smart way to save money. There are hundreds of different recipes and you can even add essential oils to create your own ‘scented detergent’ on the cheap! Turn the washing into a breeze and start making your own detergent today.

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