UPDATED! DIY Laundry Detergent – save 50% by making your own!



Years ago, I kept seeing “crunchy” women’s postings on Facebook about how they made their own laundry detergent.  I pooh-poohed it and kept telling myself,  “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” (remember that hilarious lady from the viral video? Love it!).  I had used Tide my entire life, and I wasn’t about to change that!  But, when unexpected financial problems fall in your lap, you are left trying to cut corners wherever you can.  Now I was ready to get on the DIY bandwagon.

There are so homemade products that you can make, but they don’t save you as much money as making your own laundry detergent!   In addition to saving gobs of money, my detergent is made with much safer ingredients than Tide!

You will need a large container to keep your detergent in.  We used a cleaned-out 35-gallon cat litter container.  You’ll also need a large cooking bowl, a cheese grater and/or a food processor.  If you do not have a food processor, an old fashioned cheese grater will work.   PLEASE NOTE:  If you want to use this detergent in cold water, you will need a food processor to turn the soap into a fine powder.

Each load only needs 1-2 Tablespoons of your mix, depending on how soiled your clothes are.  Make sure to buy High Efficiency (HE) washer soda if you have a HE washer and dryer.  As for the soap, I wanted a more natural one, so I bought Kirk’s coconut oil-based soap.  I also bought the all-natural washer soda instead of the Arm & Hammer brand.  It costs a little more, but worth it.  I also add essential oils for extra odor elimination and to make my clothes smell pretty without having to use dryer sheets.

This should last you a LONG time, and only cost you about $20 to make!  Depending on how big your family is, and how many loads you wash per week, it will save you a good chunk of change!

I am proud to say that we are over the one-year mark with our first tub of DIY detergent.  I made it July 12, 2015, and it’s July 15, 2016!  We still have a week or so left in the container.  ALL FOR JUST $20!!! 

We have a family of 3, and do anywhere from 3-4 loads per week.


2 bars of Kirk’s castile soap

1 box of Arm & Hammer washer soda (not baking soda) (at Wal-Mart)

1 box of 20 Mule Borax

1 3lb tub of Oxi-Clean

A blend of odor-eliminating essential oils (ask me where I get my favorite oils)

Grate the bars of soap with a cheese grater, and crumble any larger pieces.  It needs to be as fine as possible.  Add it to a large container (I used an empty 25 lb. kitty litter container), and then add both the borax, oxi-clean and washer soap.  Shake well so that all ingredients are well distributed.

When you go to wash a load of laundry, drop in 2-3 drops of the purifying essential oil blend onto the laundry detergent you just put in the washing machine cup.  Read my story below to read why these tiny little drops are so helpful in eliminating odor!

quick story

I once got a bunch of free work pants from a very heavy smoker.  I washed them once with Tide.  They still smelled like smoke.  I washed them a second time, but this time I added a few drops of a purifying blend of pure essential oils to the laundry detergent, and they came out smelling super fresh – not a hint of smoke!   It is also great for mildewy towels, and the dishwasher.

For info on the the high quality, therapeutic-grade essential oils I personally use, please e-mail me at:  karekorn@gmail.com.  Happy to help!


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