I am a recovering extreme couponing addict. I used to spend countless hours scouring the internet for deals, and clipping and organizing coupons into my big, fat binder to stockpile items I knew I’d never use. I may never have to buy another toothbrush in my lifetime. I still coupon, but just not on the same level as I used to. The main thing that fueled my fire for extreme couponing is my love of saving money. Some of the easiest coupons to find are the ones for laundry detergent. So, what do you do when your husband and child get a rash from nearly every kind of laundry detergent there’s a coupon for, but you don’t want to pay upwards of $10 for something you’re going to run out of in week or two? Why, you make your own of course! I’ve tried a few laundry detergent recipes, but this one is definitely my favorite. Here is my DIY High Efficiency Laundry detergent recipe:
Things you will need:
- 1 5 Gallon Bucket (this recipe fills it about halfway up)
- 1 Garbage Bag to line your bucket with*
- 1 4 lb. 12 oz. box of Borax
- 1 3 lb. 7 oz. box of Super Washing Soda
- 4 lbs. of Baking Soda
- 3 Bars of Ivory Soap
- 3 lbs. of Oxygen cleaner (like oxyclean)*
- Your favorite scent booster – I used 2 bottles of Downy Unstoppables*
* = Optional
1. Line your 5 gallon bucket with your garbage bag. You don’t have to do this. It’s just my preference.
2. Pour about 1/3 of each the borax, super washing soda, and baking soda in your bucket. Once again, this is just preference, but I find it’s easier to mix up if I do it in thirds rather than dumping everything in the bucket at once.
3. Grate up your
cheese soap ! Word to the wise: Make sure any tiny human beings in your immediate area are aware that it is indeed soap, and not cheese you are grating. Or else, you may have a situation when they find out you aren’t making them a snack.
4. Stop and make your tiny human(s) a snack. Clean up that mess and resume making laundry detergent.
5. Add in 1/3 of oxygen cleaner and scent booster. I used 2 small bottles of Downy Unstoppables, but you can use Purex Crystals or Gain Fireworks if that’s what you’re into. Tip: DO NOT THROW AWAY THESE EMPTY BOTTLES !
6. Mix all of the ingredients in your bucket together, then repeat steps 1-5 (omiting step 4, unless, of course, your tiny human is hungry again) until you have used up all of your ingredients. TA-DA! You have made laundry detergent!
This recipe only uses TWO TABLESPOONS per load, lasts my family of 3 somewhere between 4-6 months, and costs around $20 to make. I do at least 1 load of laundry per day. I’m not going to make myself do
math, but it saves a heck of a lot of money! It is High Efficiency friendly because it is very low sudsing (is that a word?).
You can put your brand new, heavenly smelling, super cheap, super heavy bucket directly where ever you placed your old, expensive laundry detergent, OR you could do this:
You’re rummaging through the garbage right now digging out those bottles I told you to not throw away, aren’t you? After you’ve washed your hands, pour some of that detergent into one of these bad boys. I took the labels off, so not only could I see what was in it, but also so I wouldn’t think I treated myself to some new scent booster last time (yesterday) I aimlessly went through Target, and start dumping it all over my clothes. Yes, I said “treated myself”. We all have our vices. Don’t judge me.
BONUS: If you used Purex Crystals, the lid has some markings on it, and I do believe the top one measures out 2 Tablespoons. You’re welcome! NOT BONUS: If you used Downy, it has holes in its lid, and you can’t do that. You could, but you’d have a mess to clean up.
I love the simplicity of the ingredients in this detergent, and knowing what is going on to all of my laundry. I hope you love this as much as I do! Happy Laundering !