Do It Yourself Laundry Detergent

Laundry is one of those chores that nobody wants to do, but everybody has to do.  The problem is, laundry detergent can be very expensive.  So, why not save some money and make your own?  I found this article on and it has rave reviews.  This will work on all regular washing machines and it only takes 10 minutes to make!

Yield: 3 1/2 cups or approx. 30 loads
Time: 10 minutes
Cost: <$5

You will need:

  • 4 cup food processor
  • Cheese grater
  • Container to keep detergent in
  • 2 bars of soap – Sunlight, Castille, Irish Spring, Zest, whatever soap you like, totaling 250g
  • 1 cup soda crystals – or “washing soda” or Borax would work as well
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • White Vinegar

Step 1: Grate

Grate the bars of soap with a cheese grater.

Step 2: Process

Mix baking soda, soda crystals and soap flakes together in food processor until very fine.  Give it a few pulses, and then just let it run on full for about 1 minute.  If there are a lot of large pebble sized bits of soap they could stay on your clothes through the wash.

Step 3: Wash

Use about 2-3 tablespoons of the detergent per load in the detergent slot of your washing machine, add about 2 tablespoons of vinegar to the softener compartment.

Although this probably won’t add any entertainment to doing laundry, at least it will help you save!