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May 27, 2014

Homemade Laundry Detergent $0.43 per gallon

Today I finally decided to make my own homemade laundry detergent.
The ingredients are easy to find: borax, washing soda and Dawn dish soap. You can find the Arm and Hammer washing soda and Borax in the detergent isle, usually on the very top or very bottom shelf.
 So, to make 1 US gallon (3.79 liter) of detergent, you will need:

3 Tablespoons of Borax 3 Tablespoons of Washing Soda 2 Tablespoons  of Dawn Dish soap
1 empty 1-gallon  jug/container
Put these ingredients in a one gallon container. Pour 4 cups of boiling water into the jug. Swirl until ingredients are dissolved. Fill almost to the top with cold water. Let the bubbles overflow out of the bottle.
I use approximately 1/2 cup to 1 cup per load. Sounds like a lot, but ... let me do the math for you. I  bought:
1 box of Borax, 76 oz. for $6.40(including AZ taxes) . Used 2oz -> $0.17
1 box of Washing Soda, 55oz for $3.90. Used 2oz -> $0.14
Dawn 266 ml for $1.07. Used 30ml -> $0.12
Total: $0.43 for 1 gallon!!!! The savings are incredible.
If you find ingredients cheaper then mine, you will save more :) 


  1. This sounds interesting. Did you already tried to wash your laundry with it? How do you like the results?

    1. Yes, I use it since then. It works just fine! If I have some really dirty spots (blood, grass, grease), I wash it with Zote pink soap first.
      My daughter loves the fresh smell of washed cloth.