Lowering Your Household Bills – Homemade Laundry Detergent

Laundry detergent consumes a lot of money and when you can get ideas on how to design your own homemade laundry detergent it can have a great impact on your budget by helping you save much  on detergent bills. There are simple detergent making ideas that you can take advantage of and get to make your homemade laundry detergent that is ideal for your home use.

If you’re looking to save money and lower your household bills, creating your own laundry detergent can help. It’s something many people don’t think about. After all, how is it possible to create laundry detergent when you don’t have access to all of the complicated chemicals found in store bought products? The truth is, you don’t need all of those chemicals. In fact, creating organic homemade detergent will not only keep your clothes clean, it will protect them too.

Homemade Laundry Detergent

What do I need?

There are a few different types of laundry detergent you can make. However, the general ingredients appear to remain the same. The main things you’ll need include:

  • Borax
  • Bar soap
  • Washing soda

Those are the three main ingredients to focus on. Now when choosing bar soap, you’ll find some come in a variety of different scents such as lavender. It’s worth shopping around to find one that will make your laundry smell nice.

You’ll need to decide which type of detergent you want to create. Would you prefer a liquid based one or a powdered one? Both require some amount of effort. For example, both will often require you to have to gate the bar soap. Unless you have a food processor this can be quite a time consuming task.

Simple powder recipes

If you’re looking to create powdered laundry detergent, there are quite a few good recipes out there. Here you’ll find some of the simplest you can try out.

Natural laundry detergent

This is one of the simplest recipes you’ll find and it’s for a very basic detergent. You’ll need to grind up the bar soap until it is finely ground. Then mix together 1 part of the bar soap, 2 parts of Borax with 2 parts of washing soda in a big bowl. At this point you can also add a couple of teaspoons of baking soda if you want to. Baking soda is known to clean a lot of things so it makes sense you’d add it in your homemade detergent.

That’s all there is to it. Once mixed together you’ll need to store it in a tight container. It’s advised you use anything from 1/8 to ¼ of a cup of detergent with each wash. It depends upon how heavily soiled the load is.

2. Vinegar powdered detergent

If you’re looking to create a slightly stronger detergent, this recipe is ideal. The use of vinegar ensures a tough working detergent that will eliminate most stains. However, you do have to accommodate for the fact that vinegar doesn’t have the most pleasant smell.

You’ll need a cup of white vinegar, a cup of baking soda, ¼ cup of liquid castile soap and a cup of washing soda. The great thing about this recipe is it can be used for both liquid and powder variations. If you are creating the liquid form, be aware that it will have some lumps in it and this is completely normal.

All you have to do to create the powdered version is mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl, transfer to a container and store ready for use. Simply use ½ cup for each load.

Simple liquid detergent recipes

If you’d prefer to create liquid detergent recipes, the ones below are ideal. The great thing about liquid homemade detergents is the fact you have more options in terms of the scent you’re creating. Essential oils can easily be added to the mix to produce a really nice smelling detergent.

1. Natural liquid detergent

The most basic liquid detergent recipe requires 1 quart boiling water, 2 cups grated bar soap, 2 cups washing soda and 2 cups borax. Again the bar soap will need to be grated before you use it.

To create the detergent, add the bar soap to the boiling water and stir in until it’s melted. It’s advisable to leave it on a low heat until it melts. Once melted, pour the mixture into a big clean pail and then add the washing soda and borax. Stir it all together until it has all dissolved. Finally add 2 gallons of water and stir again until it is mixed well. Cover and use around ¼ cup for each wash.

You have the option to add essential oils after the mixture has cooled. It’s also advised that you stir the mixture before each use.

2. Super strength detergent

Another good recipe for a strong detergent includes Glycerine. You’ll need 2.5 gallons of hot water, ¾ cup of washing soda, a grated bar soap, ¾ cup Borax and 2 tablespoons Glycerine.

Again, melt the soap over a medium heat and stir until it has completely melted. Then transfer it to a large clean pail and add the borax, glycerine, washing soda and 2.5 gallons water. Mix together well and cover. Use around ½ cup for each load.

Tips and advice

Creating your own laundry detergent does take time and patience. However, the results are definitely worthwhile. You’ll save quite a lot of money in comparison to store bought detergents. The only trouble you’re likely to encounter is the detergent might not turn out exactly as you had planned.

If you’ve followed the recipes above exactly and the detergent turns out lumpy or just a plain mess, it’s likely to be caused by the brand of soap you’re using. Try a different one and see if you get the same results. Start out by creating a small batch using half the ingredients. That way if it does go wrong you won’t have wasted as much ingredients. Don’t forget to experiment with different essential oils too if you’re creating a liquid detergent.

Overall creating your own laundry detergent is an ideal way to save money and do your part for the environment. As you aren’t using any nasty chemicals, it will also be a lot better for your clothes too. There are so many benefits that come with DIY laundry detergent so it makes sense to at least give it a go.