6-Month Supply DIY Laundry Detergent – $21

Just whipping up another batch of DIY Laundry Detergent today and thought it was about time I share this awesome recipe!  FYI- this is the recipe for a 6-month supply, but I’m lazy, so I double the batch to make enough for a year!

DIY Laundry Detergent

After using this recipe for almost 3 years, I can confidently say that it’s the best laundry detergent I’ve used, and is surely the preference of my family.  Coming in at just $21 for all of the ingredients from Wal-Mart, this recipe cleans the clothes of a 4-person family for six months.  I’d say that’s one heck of a savings!  Most other laundry detergents start around $13 for a one-month supply and we don’t like them nearly as much.  If you’re looking to save a few bucks, and get some great laundry results, feel free to give this recipe a try!

Here is what you need:

  • (1) 4 lb 12 oz box Borax (2.15 kg or 76 oz) found in the detergent isle
  • (1) 4 lb box Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (1.81 kg) found in the cooking isle
  • (1) box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda 55 oz (3 lb 7 oz) found in the detergent isle
  • (1) box of Zote (I prefer the pre-grated flakes of Zote because I’m too lazy to grate or shred it myself!)
  • (2) small containers of Oxy Clean or store brand Oxy Clean (try to get about 3.5 lbs total (1.58 kg)) found in the detergent isle. (this is optional, I added it into mine because I have pretty messy kids and the cleaner the better)
  • (1) 28 oz container Purex Crystals in scent of your choice

**Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load. I know that doesn’t seem like enough but this recipe does not have fillers like the store bought detergent so you only need 1-2 Tablespoons.  So, I use 1 tablespoon on smaller loads, and 2 tablespoons on full-size loads.**

Just a note- I haven’t found any need to use fabric softener whatsoever, but that’s up to you.  Also, at Wal-Mart and Target, all of the ingredients are found in the laundry aisle, so you shouldn’t have too hard of a time finding anything.

Once you’ve got all the ingredients, toss them into a 5-Gallon bucket to mix.  Then, if you want something pretty, grab a jar of your choice to keep your detergent in a smaller bath in the laundry room.  I used the glass jar in the picture.  The large bucket goes in the garage for storage and refills as needed.

Other notes I found about this recipe:

  • This detergent is safe for HE washers
  • This detergent is safe to use on sensitive skin (proof in our household since we all have sensitive skin!)
  • It does not have a strong scent, you can add laundry crystals to the batch to add fragrance.

Hope you enjoy!  And let me know your results if you try this out!

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