My new favorite thing: DIY laundry detergent!


I can’t believe it took me this long to make my own laundry detergent. I pinned this about 3 months ago and I’m just now getting around to making it. I am so excited about it that I had to share it with you all!

A little bit about me: I am FRUGAL. Sean may disagree on some things but for 99% of the time, FRUGAL is my middle name. Very rarely do I pay full price for anything. It has to be something pretty spectacular for me to pay full price. Like gasoline. When I shop deals online, I even shop the price of shipping. So when I found out that I could make my own laundry detergent for PENNIES and I would be ditching all the chemicals that are in the majority of store bought detergents, I was stoked. Now, when I was buying detergent in the past, I was buying the dye free and environmentally friendly soap. Not the cheapest stuff out there and I was buying a lot of it. My washer is constantly going, mostly with my workout clothes.

I have some pretty high expectations of my laundry detergent so I was kind of skeptical. I decided to test it out on Preston’s clothes first. I wasn’t too worried about botching his clothes. Everything looked great and smelled fresh. On to Kylie’s clothes. Same deal – bright, clean and fresh. Now comes the true test: my workout clothes and Sean’s soccer clothes. SCORE!

A word of advice if you decide to go this route. Do not wait until you are completely out of your current detergent before making your own! The “recipe” I use calls for Mrs. Meyers bar soap and you can’t buy that stuff anywhere! If anyone knows where I can find it in Austin, please let me know. I shopped around online and found the cheapest price for soap and shipping on Walgreen’s site. You can use any “natural” soap that you like, it doesn’t have to be Mrs. Meyers. I personally love the product so I knew I’d be happy with the scent. Let’s get to making some detergent!

Here is what you will need:
1 box of Borax
1 box of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda
1 bar of Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Soap. I used Lavender and Lemon Verbena.
Cheese grater – I used my microplane. Just make sure to wash it really well after!
Essential Oils (optional)

Mix 1 cup of Borax with 1 cup of the washing soda. Add in 2 cups of grated soap and mix well! If you are happy with the scent, you are done. I mixed up a big batch with the lemon soap and a smaller batch with the lavender soap. I like my laundry to smell really fresh so I added drops of lemon and lavender essential oils to each batch. If you so this step, mix it up really well with a fork to make sure you don’t have any little oil clumps. This adds an extra layer of scent. All you need to use is 1/4 – 1/2 cup per load. I experimented and I used closer to 1/2 a cup because I wash big loads. You can also add 1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar to your rinse cycle in place of your fabric softener!

Piece of cake! It works great, smells great and looks really cool in glass containers. Happy washing!


2 thoughts on “My new favorite thing: DIY laundry detergent!

  1. I never knew you were FRUGAL. Thanks for the post. Especially that you actually tried it on your entire family’s different clothing. That part is important.

    Something you might also like…I’ve used DIY shampoo (baking soda and water) and rinse (vinegar and water) with good results. There was an adjustment period as my scalp re-calibrated its oil production from harsh shampoos to the mild treatment of this way of doing it.

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